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A group of mourners enter Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie last Thursday; A photo of Storms from her Facebook page.



Robert Loucks, the 30-year-old punk accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend, Tyrese Storms, is being held without bail in Dutchess County Jail. Loucks was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Pleasant Valley on the same day Tyrese Storms was buried but elected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and did not appear. As more details emerge, the portrait


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of the accused is that of a troubled and violent young man, quick with his fists and his mouth. Sources say as far back as his days at FDR High School, Loucks was often in trouble with both the law and school administrators. Records indicate Loucks did not graduate from FDR. One of Loucks’ first significant brushes with the law was in November

2003, when he and his brother, Kyle Loucks, got into a violent altercation with two men at the McDonald’s on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Nobody appears to have been ordering a Happy Meal. According to the police report, “Robert Loucks struck Joe Volvino in the face with a closed fist and Kyle Loucks struck Fletcher Thompson in the face with a closed fist.” The Loucks > continued on next page


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brothers then fled the restaurant and were pursued by Thompson in a vehicle and a Tyler Whalen in another car. The Loucks brothers led both cars on a high-speed chase through Hyde Park with Loucks’ and Whalen’s vehicles slamming into each other on Cardinal Road before resuming the chase. Loucks then inexplicably pulled into the police department parking lot on Route 9G, hitting an officer’s personal vehicle before fleeing the scene. Loucks was arrested shortly thereafter in the back yard of a house near the Mill Run North apartments after abandoning his car. In January of this year, Loucks was arrested for assaulting his ex-wife, Jennifer D. Loucks, at the Vanderbilt Motel in Hyde

Park. Ms. Loucks had an order of protection. According to the police report, Loucks “placed his hands around her neck in a strangle hold, causing a near loss of consciousness … While being held in the strangle hold, Robert did drive his knee into her rib cage causing substantial pain.” He also repeatedly punched her in the face. Loucks’ actions continued for approximately one hour, ending when a motel employee heard screaming and alerted the motel office. When an office employee knocked on the door, Jennifer Loucks was allowed to answer and escaped. The report says, “Robert left the room immediately, taking Jennifer’s cell phone and wallet. Shortly thereafter, police responding to a noise complaint located Loucks at 595 Violet Ave. and arrested him.” Jennifer Loucks refused medical attention although photographs of her injuries were taken by police. It’s worth noting that Tyrese

The Hyde Park apartment residence of murder suspect Robert Loucks’ parents has the curtains drawn. Photo by HV News staff.

Storms was strangled to death. An acquaintance of Loucks told Hudson Valley News, “There wasn’t one girlfriend he ever had he didn’t beat.” That same acquaintance said he was certain the victim was Jennifer when he first heard about the murder. Between these two incidents, Loucks was convicted of robbery and served approximately three years in state prison. In a troubling footnote to Loucks’ violent history, records indicate his brother, Kyle Loucks, continues to have problems with the law and was arrested on March 15 after he violated an order of protection against him. In June, Kyle Loucks was again arrested in connection with a report of a disturbed person. In the course of that arrest, he kicked out the window of a patrol car, causing injury from flying glass to a Hyde Park Police officer. Even the parents of Robert and Kyle Loucks have had domestic issues. In 2001, police were called to the residence of John and Linda Loucks in Hyde Park for a domestic violence report. Records indicate the dispute was verbal and both parties calmed down. Loucks’ victim, Tyrese Storms, had a troubled past as well. After dropping out of FDR High School, Storms was often pregnant and had frequent run-ins with police. She held a series of jobs, including delivering pizza for T&F Pizza and went through a number of boyfriends. Many of her encounters with police had to do with reports of child abuse or neglect. There were abuse charges leveled in 2003 and 2005 by the father of at least one of her






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three children. It was alleged Storms was consuming alcohol and using drugs in front of her children. The matter was referred to Child Protective Services. All three children were eventually removed by CPS. In August 2006, Storms was again the object of a complaint regarding her drug use around her 3-year-old. In September of that year, there were two other police reports about Storms doing drugs and drinking around her 7-month-old child. When police arrived, there were six people in her apartment at 10:45 p.m. In December 2006, Storms was the object of a complaint from a Cardinal Road resident, who claimed Storms had threatened her. No arrest was made. In November 2009, police were called by the manager of the Inn at Hyde Park about a fight. In the parking lot outside Room 203, officers observed an altercation involving a number of people, including Tyrese Storms. Police restored order and no arrests were made. One of the more disturbing incidents occurred on July 31 of this year. By then, Storms was working as a stripper and manager at the T&A Gentlemen’s Club in Poughkeepsie. According to a report of the incident, a stripper at the club had quit and called the club demanding tips owed to her. The stripper was told to meet employees at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park. Shortly thereafter, a green van containing Storms, Loucks, a bouncer named Rodney and two strippers named “Sparkles” and “Honey” arrived. The woman was confronted by Tyrese Storms. At that point, Storms and “Sparkles” began punching the woman while Loucks held the woman down. The woman declined to press charges. Storms was also arrested in Poughkeepsie for assaulting an ex-boyfriend with a knife in 2008 after breaking into his apartment. An acquaintance of one of Storms’ many ex-boyfriends, when informed of her murder, reportedly said, “Am I supposed to look surprised?” Friends say Storms had recently cleaned up her act and was scheduled to get two of her children back on the day her body was found. Hundreds of friends of Storms turned out on a cold night last week at the Darrow Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie to pay their respects. The crowd was young, diverse and well dressed. While Storms had definitely made some poor decisions in the past, including Loucks, the fact she was killed just when she appeared to be getting her life together was a sentiment expressed by many mourners.


A security camera at Smokes 4 Less in Hyde Park captured these images of the suspect. Photos submitted.

Police in Hyde Park are actively seeking an armed robber who held up a local tobacco shop last week. According to Hyde Park Police, on Dec. 7 at around 8 p.m., a man wearing dark clothes and a ski mask entered the local Smokes 4 Less store and displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol. He then instructed the clerk to lock the door before demanding the wallet and cell phone of a female customer who happened to be in the store at the time. According to police, the suspect then demanded cash from the register as well as a number of cartons of cigarettes, which he placed in a cardboard box. Hyde Park Chief of Police Charles Broe said the suspect managed to steal 20 to 30 cartons of cigarettes but said he did not know exactly how much cash was taken from the store. The suspect ordered the clerk and female customer into the store’s walk-in humidor before fleeing from the rear of the store on foot while carrying a cardboard box full of cigarettes, according to police. Neither the clerk nor female customer was injured, police said. Broe said he is hoping someone may have seen something and comes forward with information. “We are actively following this case,” he said. “We’re hopeful that someone in the public can help us out.” Broe said he believes the Chinese food restaurant next door to Smokes 4 Less was

busy at the time of the robbery and he is hopeful one of the customers may have seen the suspect flee the scene. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6-foot-4, with a medium to stocky build. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing baggy dark pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt, a grey hooded sweatshirt over top, and a dark coat. He was also wearing a ski mask and had the dark hood over his head. He wore what appeared to be black and white running sneakers. Broe said a similar incident occurred in another town and Hyde Park Police are working with another agency to determine if the two crimes are possibly related. He declined to comment further. Broe also said he’s heard of people stealing large quantities of cigarettes and selling them on the street. With cigarettes selling for more than $10 a pack in New York State, 20 to 30 cartons of cigarettes could be worth approximately $2,000 to $3,000. “What I’m told is sometimes, in these big thefts of cigarettes, they can be resold for cheaper,” Broe said. “I certainly don’t think this guy is going to smoke that many cigarettes himself.” When asked if he thought the suspect would be caught, Broe said, “I’m hopeful.” Hyde Park Police are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the department at 845-229-9340. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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$403M SPENDING PLAN BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Dutchess County Legislature has approved a final 2011 county budget that does not increase the property tax levy proposed in County Executive William Steinhaus’s bare-bones initial proposal, but the Democratic caucus says the spending plan will lead to trouble in the future. The $403 million budget maintains the $101 million tax levy proposed by Steinhaus in his preliminary budget, but funds certain financial commitments and restores funding to county departments and non-profit groups that had been cut in the executive’s initial budget, according to Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison (R-Poughkeepsie). The approved budget also restores 15 of the 63 county-funded jobs that had been cut in the executive’s proposal, including five sheriff’s deputies and five corrections officers. According to Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee Chairman Dale Borchert (R-Lagrange), the Legislature reduced spending equal to any spending increases it proposed. “You can’t spend money you simply don’t have,” he said. The Legislature is also anticipating additional revenues. It increased the county’s projected sales-tax revenue and agreed to seek state Legislature approval for reinstatement of a local mortgage tax. “I am proud the Legislature made the tough decisions to balance the budget and fund county fiscal commitments not included in the tentative budget,” said Rolison. “In the end, the Legislature


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listened to the people’s pleas for no new taxes while funding essential services provided to them via county government.” The Democratic Caucus is singing a different tune, though. Each of the six Democrats in the Legislature, as well as Legislator Jim Doxsey (C-Poughkeepsie), who caucuses with the Democrats, voted against the budget. Democrats called the spending plan irresponsible, saying many of the cuts will hinder job growth while increasing costs for social services in the future. “This is the perfect example of being ‘pennywise and pound foolish’ with taxpayer money, and in future years we’ll see the consequences,” said Minority Leader Sandy Goldberg (D-Wappinger). Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Elisa Sumner accused Steinhaus of playing politics through his proposal. “His budget was about politics as we head into his re-election campaign, and at the end of the day, smoke and mirrors don’t replace responsible governance,” she said. “This has been a pattern – every year that he is up for election, Steinhaus claims a zero-increase budget, but the consequence is that he has to raise taxes in subsequent years.” The budget has now been sent back to Steinhaus, who has the authority to veto any changes made. The Legislature will then review the vetoes on Dec. 16. The Legislature can override any veto with a supermajority of 17 votes.

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A Hyde Park man was arrested after a domestic altercation that caused another man to be sent to the hospital with severe knife wounds. At approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 12, Hyde Park Police were called to 403 Violet Ave. for a report of a domestic dispute between two men. Two Hyde Park Police officers were close by and arrived at the scene quickly. One of the officers located Rodolfo Antonio-Jimenez, 32, of Hyde Park, standing in the driveway and noticed several abrasions on his hands. The second subject was found to have suffered several deep cuts to his left hand, a large laceration to his left bicep, and had been stabbed in the neck, abdomen and lower back. EMS was notified and told to expedite their response. The victim was given first aid by Hyde Park Police until an ambulance arrived at the scene. The victim was transported via ambulance to St. Francis Hospital, where he was taken into surgery. His wounds are not believed to be life threatening and he is expected to recover. A utility knife was located and recovered from the scene, and was determined to be the weapon used in the incident. Hyde Park Police had to seek assistance from a Spanish-speaking officer from the Wappingers Falls Police Department due to a language barrier. It was determined AntonioJimenez and the victim had been friends, but there was an ongoing disagreement between the two that led to the altercation. Antonio-Jimenez was charged with assault in the first degree, a class-B felony; and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor.

He was taken into custody and processed. He was brought before Judge John Kennedy in Hyde Park Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Gaubrielle S. Pritchard, 21, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested on Dec. 5 for driving while ability impaired, a violation. • Rafael A. Hernandez, 27, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 7 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Efrain S. Santiago, 63, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 7 for reckless endangerment in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Melissa Beth Galbraith, 18, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested on Dec. 8 for aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. • Patrick J. Mahoney, 25, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Dec. 8 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. • Zachary T. Boland, 17, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 9 for criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. • Lynn M. Hotaling, 37, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 10 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Shea M. Harper, 24, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 11 for driving while intoxicated, a class-A misdemeanor. • Robert A. Szymanski, 42, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 12 for unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, assault in the third degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, all class-A misdemeanors.






‘FAILED SUPERVISOR’ Republican county legislator responds to attack BY JIM LANGAN In response to a letter critical of County Legislator DJ Sadowski (R-Hyde Park) sent by Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino to members of the Republican Town Committee, the District 4 legislator sent a letter of his own to that same committee. Hudson Valley News has obtained a copy of the letter and reprints it here in its entirety. Martino’s attack on Sadowski is all the more unusual because both are Republicans and it would seem logical that town and county officials from the same party would work together. But the thin-skinned Martino has had a contentious first year in office, alienating many with his abrasive and bullying tactics. The issue going forward for the Hyde Park Republican Committee is where they draw the line on Martino. He has already turned off many voters with his ham-handed handling of personnel issues, his dismissive demeanor of anyone who disagrees with him and the lack of transparency of this town board.

n Sadowski is but the latest Republican y attacked by Martino. He has famously attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to muzzlee g fellow Republican Sue Serino for challenging him on a few issues. In fact, Martino also sentt around a letter critical of Serino earlier this year to the same committee. Republicans are going to have to decidee d whether to support the increasingly isolated and unpopular Martino or begin looking elsewheree for a candidate this fall. The committee is being asked by Martino to take sides in real or perceived slights. d More than a few Republicans are frustrated g by the friction and are concerned this infighting m will serve to squander the political momentum Republicans had after the 2009 election. Given Martino’s support is almost nonexistent with Democrats and independents, hee and the board will have a very difficult timee k getting re-elected if Martino continues to attack fellow Republicans.

HYDE PARK FIRE CLAIMS LIFE OF 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN BY HV NEWS STAFF A fire at a Hyde Park residence has claimed the life of a local woman. The woman, identified as 74-yearold Naomi Storms, succumbed to smoke inhalation, according to reports. The fire, which occurred at 111 East Dorsey Lane on Dec. 7, was so severe,

more than 70 firefighters from 10 districts responded, according to reports. According to Chief Tory Gallante of the Fairview Fire District, approximately 70% of the district is without fire hydrants. This made getting water to the scene more difficult. Gallante said, though, that while better access to water would have made fighting the fire easier, he believes it would not have saved Storms’ life as the fire was quite severe by the time firefighters arrived at the scene at 8:39 p.m. “The outcome for the person who died in the fire would not have changed,” Gallante said. Oddly enough, the fire occurred about a quarter mile from the Dutchess County Fire Training Academy on Creek Road. Gallante said there is a hydrant at the training academy, which was used to shuttle water to the site. The cause of the fire remains unclear and phone calls to the Department of Emergency Response Fire Investigation unit were not returned before press time.

The remains of the home at 111 East Dorsey Lane in Hyde Park after a fire that claimed the life of 74-year-old Naomi Storms. Photos by Christopher Lennon. Hudson valley news | | december 15, 2010 {5}


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that the power of redistricting is far too politicized to leave in the hands of partisan elected officials and over the past 10 years, laws have been moving OPINION in the direction of creating independent PROGRESSIVE boards to create fair districts. Last year, when the Democrats had PERSPECTIVE a majority in the Dutchess County BY JONATHAN SMITH Legislature, they passed a law that would depoliticize the redistricting process, creating an independent board that would contain two Democrats, two Republicans and a non-affiliated voter. The Constitution mandates that every The members of this board would be far 10 years, congressional districts be more objective than the regular politicos redrawn according to the latest census and would surely reach a more fair and data so members of Congress represent equitable system. However, something equally populated areas and very strange happened no one congressperson has in the Dutchess County a disproportionately large Legislature last week. population. Similarly, state On Wednesday, Dec. law in New York requires 8, the RepublicanWith the power controlled the same redistricting Legislature for many state and local voted to repeal the law and of districting positions. What neither the return the responsibility in their hands, of districting to those Constitution nor state law propose, however, is how least likely to be Republican the districts shall be drawn impartial: themselves. up. That is, who has the legislators can It is very important to power to redraw the map note that this vote came protect their own at 1:45 in the morning every 10 years? Why is this an issue? jobs by redrawing after a marathon public Voter rolls allow us to session that lasted over know the breakdown of six hours. The timing favorable a particular town or area could not have been districts for with respect to political more perfect for this selfaffiliation. When one serving action because themselves. looks at a map of the most of the citizens who state with the voter data had come to speak to the overlaid, it is possible to Legislature and observe see whole swaths of towns its actions had left to go and regions that tend to to their homes. Without vote for a particular party (if voters can the public there to comment on, and be counted on to vote according to their likely object to, this deplorable vote, registration). In the past, the political the legislators felt safe in taking a little party that happens to be in power at the something for themselves. When the 10-year redistricting mark has rather catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s away, the mice will play. consistently used its power to draw With the power of districting in their districts along party lines, allowing hands, Republican legislators can protect them to build as many congressional, their own jobs by redrawing favorable assembly or legislature seats as possible. districts for themselves. They can steal This form of redistricting, called a little power away from the Dutchess gerrymandering, has allowed political County voters by making it very difficult parties to break up the support of their to challenge and defeat incumbent opponents into numerous districts, legislators. This is democracy at its worst allowing that a strongly Democratic and we have the local Dutchess County region could actually have a Republican Republicans to thank for it. representative (and vice-versa). Prevailing and common wisdom by Jonathan Smith can be reached at moderates in both political parties is


The dynamic duo of Supervisor Tom Martino and Admiral Jim Monks lit it up once again at Portofinos in Staatsburg at a Chamber of Commerce event. They glowered in a corner, never spoke to anyone and left, prompting one observer to question why they bothered to show up. They did the same thing at the opening of the consignment store last week. Strange but amusing. {6} december 15, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

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woman finding herself alone with the man when they got home. The natural human response is to turn away and hope you’re wrong. OPINION After all, it’s their business. Or is it? Maybe it’s time we begin applying the USUALLY same set of rules we do when we see a RIGHT child in potential danger. That would apply, obviously, to family and friends BY JIM LANGAN of anyone thought to be in danger or a dangerous relationship. Just as we alert authorities to the creepy guy lurking around a schoolyard, we should be willing to alert authorities to any signs of physical abuse or threatening behavior. This issue is one in which I agree with the “it takes a village” approach. Unfortunately, to be In the past few months, successful, we need the our area has seen two horcooperation of the law-enrific murders involving forcement community and abusive men. Last sumMaybe it’s time the victims themselves. mer, we saw Hyde Park resident Linda Ricar- we begin applying While there have been dramatic improvements in dulli shot to death by her the same set of how we regard incidents crazed husband before he of domestic violence, turned the gun on himrules we do when there is a lingering sense self. All this played out in front of their traumatized we see a child in still that it’s “a family matter” and without the teenage daughter. Then, last week, police arrested potential danger. cooperation of the victim, often the abuser remains a 30-year-old Pleasant in place. The heightened Valley man and charged sensitivity of law enforcehim in the strangulation ment and the judiciary has death of his pregnant had an impact on abusers but until there 25-year-old girlfriend. In both cases, the are real penalties dished out early, too men involved had an extensive history many of these things will only escalate. of abusing women with whom they were It’s analogous to what we’ve done with involved. drunk driving. Drunk drivers are today In the Ricardulli case, the husband regarded as the dangerous criminals they had just been released from jail and Mrs. are. The days of a wink and a nod from Ricardulli had a stay-away protection order forbidding him from contacting Officer Flaherty are over. It should be her. In Pleasant Valley, the accused the same with domestic violence. Police killer, Robert Loucks, has a documented should be allowed and encouraged to record of violence and physical abuse, aggressively pursue anyone suspected of including severely beating and strangling terrorizing a woman. Protection orders his ex-wife in a motel she had taken need more teeth and there should be an residence in to escape his wrath. Only agency designated to deal with anyone the intervention of a motel employee in violation immediately. Real and immediate incarceration would cause saved her life. Unfortunately, it has taken something many abusers to think twice. Too many women are so frightened of as gruesome as a murder to get people’s their abusers and they must be convinced attention and to get them talking about that picking up the phone or leaving will the epidemic of domestic violence be taken seriously. And let’s not forget in our midst. But there are countless there are all too often children involved. instances of physical and mental abuse Like so many issues, early intervention is going on around us every day. How essential in limiting risk. Judges are often many times have we all seen a couple in in a tough spot as the accused is often the supermarket or a gas station going the breadwinner and incarcerating the at it and cringed at the prospect of the


OPINION offender punishes the family. Again, there must be another way short of risking your life so the rent gets paid. Unfortunately, we all know there are angry men out there no protection order is going to stop. They’re like presidential assassins. If they’re willing to sacrifice themselves to kill their target, it’s much tougher to stop them. I’d like to see one of our legislators convene a meaningful

domestic violence summit and begin to address some of these issues. I’d like to hear from victims, abusers, judges and families impacted by this scourge. This is an issue that needs to come out of the closet and be discussed without judgment or stigma. Jim Langan can be reached at


Midday Nov. 18, our Wappinger Town Board voted 4-1 in favor of a 19% tax increase while most of us were at work and unable to take the time off to advocate against this double-digit increase. This is not the first time the board has held meetings in the afternoon, while the town website clearly states meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of every month. If transparency is such a concern, why vote? Why not reschedule the meeting? How did the town board work in a bipartisan fashion when the only Democrat on the town board voted against the budget increase? Public participation is part of the democratic process and was not exhibited here. Where’s the transparency here? Answer: There is none. Francena Amparo Wappingers Falls


As a native of Rhinebeck, your column in the Dec. 1-7 issue of Hudson Valley News was of great interest to me. I’m certainly proud of being a native and consider myself fortunate to have been born here. At the ripe old age of 84, I’ve come to appreciate the influx of city people, who at first I somewhat resented, and what they have accomplished in restoring the village homes that I, for years as a mailman, delivered to. They are beautiful. I applaud the other natives for joining in to keep out undesirable housing and any kind of mall. We do seem to work together. Now, I believe the sidewalks have to be repaired. Last but not least, I like the culture that’s come to Rhinebeck. As an artist and musician, I’ve met some of the very fine, friendly artists and writers who live here. I’m very well known, having been a mail carrier for many years. Just today, I met an old friend I haven’t seen in a long time who has been living in Florida. The Clinton wedding put us on the map and I thought the whole thing was tastefully handled. Robert Milroy Rhinebeck

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NEGLECTFUL OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO ANIMAL CRUELTY BY HV NEWS STAFF An employee of a Poughkeepsie car dealership recently pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and neglect charges. According to humane law officials from the Dutchess County SPCA, in June 2010, John Fakoury tied his dog to a concrete pole in the basement of the car dealership where he worked. The dog was tied to a short leash and a telephone cord was tied around his muzzle so tightly the dog suffered permanent scarring on its nose, the SPCA said. The dog was underweight, his face was swollen, the muzzle area was raw and he was suffering from open wounds and missing fur, the SPCA said. According to the SPCA, at a recent hearing in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court, Fakoury pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty, a class-A misdemeanor; and one count of failure to provide for an impounded animal, an unclassified misdemeanor. Fakoury was granted a conditional discharge, ordered to complete the SPCA’s PAWS for Offenders class and ordered to pay $4,200 to the Dutchess County SPCA for the dog’s medical and boarding costs, the SPCA reports. The dog, a young pug mix named Rocket, was seized by the SPCA and brought to Arlington Animal Hospital immediately after he was discovered in the basement because he was unlicensed and unidentified. For four months, the SPCA provided Rocket shelter and care while fighting to obtain ownership of the dog. In the wake

BY JIM LANGAN • We know it’s been extremely cold around here lately, but you’re not alone. Two hundred hand-wringing geeks gathered last week in Cancun for a global-warming summit. It was a bit of a tough sell given the temperatures hit a 100-year low of 54 degrees as the furrowed brows met. One wise-guy cynic showed up at the event dressed as a polar bear and frolicked on the beach. • There was a tough rehearsal at the First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach. As scores looked on, a camel fell on its side into the crowd. Most spectators got over the hump without injury. Have never gotten the whole camel in church thing and where do you find a camel on short notice? • I’m sorry, but what’s with this guy Wavy Gravy? So he lived with Bob Dylan for three minutes and sold hot dogs at Woodstock 40 years ago. Does that rate a movie or designation as a counterculture icon? Digging a little deep in the nostalgia bag on that one.

• We hear tourism is booming in the Gulf with lots of snowbirds heading south for the winter. All the media hysteria and doomsday prognostications proved of a civil hearing to determine ownership, absurdly overblown in the wake of the Fakoury signed Rocket over to the SPCA BP oil spill. The beaches and water are pristine and there are plenty of healthy on Nov. 23, according to the SPCA. Rocket is currently available for adoption. sea birds more than willing to leave a little something special on your deck or railing. Rocket, a pug mix that was rescued by the local SPCA in June 2010, spends time with volunteer Gretchen Carpenter. Photo submitted.

“I am happy the dog has recovered from his injuries and is now available for adoption. He deserves a much better life than the one he had when we seized him,” said Senior Humane Law Officer Jami Landry in a press release.

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• Not entirely surprised to hear one of Bernie Madoff’s kids committed suicide over the weekend. I suspect he knew he was about to be arrested for his part in the scam. Dec. 11 marked the deadline on civil recovery of stolen funds and now it’s on to the criminal indictments. Look for Bernie’s wife, brother, other son and his pitchmen to be arrested shortly. They either all knew all along or are the dumbest people alive.

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• If there was anything positive in the death of Elizabeth Edwards, it was forcing her ex-husband, John Edwards, to walk down the aisle of that church in front of all those people who loved Elizabeth. Talk about the walk of shame!

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• Proving again there’s no such thing as bad publicity, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is close to getting his own reality show. The master of the crack pipe is currently pitching it to a number of cable networks.

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• On Staten Island, the good folks at the St. George ferry terminal have decided to remove the crèche and Baby Jesus from its Christmas display after a phone call from an angry Jewish patron. The menorah on display wasn’t removed. Why do people do this every year? • Good news for grandma and grandpa. It appears Congress is reinstating a much more modest estate tax than liberal Democrats wanted. It will have a top rate of 35% with a $5 million exemption. Democrats wanted 55% and a $1 million exemption. Should anyone elect to exit this mortal coil before New Year’s, there is no estate tax at all due to a congressional screw-up in 2009. Might want to keep your son’s gold-digging fourth wife at arms length until after the holidays, grandma! • JFK’s longtime personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, jotted down a list of people she suspected of killing her boss as she accompanied his casket back to Washington that fateful day. Among her picks were Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, the KKK and Jimmy Hoffa. The note, with an estimated value of $30,000, is being auctioned by Alexander Autographs in Stamford, Connecticut Thursday. It might go nicely with that Lee Harvey Oswald coffin we told you about last week. • The Nixon tapes never disappoint, do they? In tapes released last week, Henry Kissinger is quoted as telling Nixon in a 1973 Oval Office conversation, “If they put Jews into a gas chamber in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.” Nixon’s response? “I know. We can’t blow up the world because of it.” Yikes! • Remember the sneaker of your youth, the Converse All-Star? They were bought by Nike in 2003 and are now manufactured in Indonesia. • How fabulous was that photo of Prince Charles and Camilla being attacked by angry protestors as they made their way to the theater in their Rolls-Royce? Camilla looked like she’d just seen Princess Diana step off the sidewalk. • A born lawyer got married Saturday in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old in-house counsel for a technology firm’s name is Sue Yoo.

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Replica of the Poughkeepsie Train Station at the museum. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM There is a natural romance surrounding “POLAR EXPRESS NIGHT” trains, perhaps because they represent the spirit of American ingenuity and 5 and 7 p.m. | Monday, Dec. 20 perseverance. The Hyde Park Train Station Free. Museum is a little monument to the history Hyde Park Train Station Museum, of train travel in the Hudson Valley – there are beautiful photos of FDR and Eleanor 34 River Rd., Hyde Park. with the King and Queen of England on the 845-229-2338 walls as well as well-preserved train timetables that adorn the restored ticket counter. In side rooms and upstairs, there are delightful model train sets that depict local settings, including Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park. Jeff Armstrong, a classical and flamenco guitarist who teaches at Marist, is also a member of the Hudson Valley Railroad Society – he spoke with me about the popular “Polar Express Night,” which has been happening for the past several years. “It’s for children of all ages,” he said. “The Polar Express” was published in 1985, and tells the story of a child’s trip to the North Pole aboard a magical train. Karin Armstrong will read the tale. Armstrong emphasized the event would be centered around the book instead of the 2004 film. The Hyde Park Train Station Museum is decked with holiday cheer, including a Christmas tree replete with train-themed ornaments. Armstrong said the event would include live music and refreshments, and, of course, an appearance by Santa. This isn’t the only event hosted at the Hyde Park Train Station Museum: In April, there is a “Lincoln Ghost Train Night” and in September, Bindlestick Bill performs at a “Hobo Night.” The group is in need of support: “We’re looking for volunteers,” said Armstrong. The Hudson Valley Railroad Society meets at the Hyde Park Train Station Museum on Monday nights, year-long, from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call Armstrong at 845-229-8562.


Friday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. With Sarah Williams, Sheila Hamilton and Jim Bacon. Tickets: $13, members; $18, general; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.


Holiday Art Sale Through Jan. 1. Discounted price on the current exhibition of paintings and photographs by Ellen Stockdale Wolfe. Upstairs Gallery at the Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook. 845-677-5857.

THEATER “A Christmas Carol” Through Dec. 19. A CENTERStage Production co-directed by Cait Johnson and Emily DePew with new sets by Andy Weintraub. Tickets: $20, adults; $18, seniors and children. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

Program. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Admission: $15. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill Street (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-6470.

Wednesday, Dec. 15 FILM

“Love Actually” 6:30 p.m. Free admission; donations welcome. Refreshments available. Morton Memorial Library & Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845876-2903.

Thursday, Dec. 16 PERFORMANCE

“Christmas with Tom & Trixie: Is That All There Is?” 8 p.m. Includes a variety of holiday and popular “Five Children and It” Through Dec. 19: An original adaptation of the book songs, audience sing-a-longs, and a fundraising by E. Nesbit, performed by Cocoon’s Production Bingo game at intermission. Judson has appeared > more on page 11 {10} december 15, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@ THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Rhinebeck artist Jeff Romano has a new exhibition installed at Montgomery Row Second Level, titled “small ink.” On, Saturday, Romano will be on hand to speak about his work. The show remains on view through Jan. 28. He described the show to me over the phone, saying that he worked in abstract expressionism. “We create a problem and try to solve it,” he said. “I make my own tools, and use papers that aren’t designed to work with ink.” Normally, Romano creates very large works – however, the Montgomery Row Second Level can’t support large-scale work. “That’s why it’s called ‘small ink,’” he said. Part of his mission, he described, was “to make people uncomfortable. There are no horizons or landscapes. I want people to think, ‘What is this and why am I looking “SMALL INK” at it?’ I want to provoke that attitude. They may not know why they like it. I want to 5-7 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 18 engage the audience where they think Artist’s conversation with creator, outside of the box.” Jeff Romano. One of the signature pieces of the exhibition is a work based on the poem Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, “Jabberwocky” written by Lewis Carroll, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. originally featured as a part of his novel “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Montgomery Row Second Level, 6423 Alice Found There” (1872). Romano said he Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. took the work and paired it with a photograph 845-876-0543 of the real Alice taken by the author “Lewis Carroll,” Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. “The artist has to have a point of view and provoke the language,” he said, “to create that relationship with the viewer.” For Romano, it’s also about inspiring a larger conversation. “The artist is pushing social agendas along. We have an obligation … it’s not about painting a pretty landscape.” He did his homework in preparing for the show: “I did some research about Lewis Carroll and read about his photography,” he said. His focus, however, was not about uncovering any ill intentions on Carroll’s behalf towards his childish friend, Alice. “I don’t think there was anything unusual about what he was doing.” Rather, Romano found a kindred artistic spirit in Carroll. “I wanted people to understand Lewis Carroll as well,” he said. “He wrote a nonsense poem, but now such an important part of literature. People take it so seriously now. That’s one of the nice side effects of abstract work; it actually did its job. The poem is part of his made up reality – that’s when the art work has done its job.” This project is only one of the many on Romano’s plate. “I don’t sit down and work on one thing – I have other projects that I’m working on.” One of his chief interests is supporting other abstract artists in the area. “There are a lot of abstract artists in the Hudson Valley,” he said. To that end, he’s founded a group for them called the Univitables – the group had their first show in October in Millbrook. “It’s easy to understand a painting of the river,” he explained. “You might spend more time with a friend talking about a piece you don’t like or that you don’t understand.”



E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page on Broadway in Cabaret and on tour in 42nd Street. He plays holiday songs on the piano and sings traditional cabaret favorites. Judson has toured in his one-man show “Canned Ham.” Starr is the president of the Hudson Pride Foundation, the first official gay and lesbian organization in Columbia County, and planner of the Hudson Pride parade. A portion of the proceeds benefits Hudson Valley Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Cost: $20. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4571.

Friday, Dec. 17 FILM

“The Princess Bride” (1987) 7:30pm. The classic family comedy adventure film will be screened. Admission: $5; costumed princesses and pirates will be admitted free. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

MUSIC Holiday Classical Concert 8 p.m. With Sarah Williams, Sheila Hamilton and Jim Bacon. Tickets: $13, members; $18, general; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.


Dia’s collection, Gallery Talks are one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in the museum’s galleries. Free with museum admission. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100. “Ropes Reconfigured” 4-7 p.m. Opening reception. A mixed media work by John Bridtes. On view through Jan. 11. Unison Gallery at Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. “small ink” 5-7 p.m. Artist’s conversation with creator, Jeff Romano. A solo exhibition of abstract expressionist paintings by the Rhinebeck artist. See full story at left. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.6 p.m. Montgomery Row Second Level, 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-0543.

BENEFIT 35th Anniversary Benefit Gala 7:30 p.m. Performers include Vanaver Caravan and capoeirista Gustavo Caldas. Tickets: $20, members; $25, non-members; $10, students. New Paltz High School, 130 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. > continued on next page

“ASK for Music” 7:30 p.m. Mark Brown; Kurt Henry and Cheryl Lambert; and Lisa Lipkin will each perform a 30-minute set of their music. $5 suggested donation. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul 9 p.m. The group’s final performance in the area. $5 cover. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Morton’s Acoustic Show 8-10:30 p.m. Featuring Pamelech Klezmer Orkester, Dented Fenders , Thomas Earl, Todd Young and The Riches . Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903. Season Of Light With Magpie And Kim & Reggie Harris 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, advance; $20, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. The Solstice Concert – Happy Traum and Friends 7 p.m. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. Call Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild for information and to purchase tickets. 845-679-2079. Swing Dance to The Gordon Webster Quartet 7:30-11:30 p.m. With guest vocalist, Brianna Thomas. Beginners lesson, 7:30-8:30 with Paolo Lanna & Lauren Bova. (Free with admission to dance). Admission: $15; $10, student. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845 454-2571.

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“A Christmas Carol” by The Puppet People 11 a.m. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $8, adults; $6, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

Ballroom & Latin Dance Club Christmas Party 6:30-10 p.m. The Ballroom and Latin Dance Club of the Hudson Valley (BLDCHV) will hold its “bring a dessert” Christmas dance party. During the dance, a tango workshop will be offered. Live music by Russ Allen. Tickets: $5, members; $10, guests. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbour Blvd., Poughkeepsie.845-635-3341.

Free Holiday Movie 9:30 a.m. See “The Polar Express” or “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Lyceum Cinemas, 7270 S. Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-3322. Owl Pellet Workshop for Families 10 a.m.-noon. Join Gayle Turowski, Mohonk Preserve Volunteer, to learn all about owls and then unravel the mystery of what they eat by examining bones and other prey remains. Children ages 7 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Reservations are required. There is a materials fee per family of $8 for Preserve members and $18 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

MUSIC 5th Annual Classical Christmas Concert 7 p.m. Professional musicians from the Hudson Valley join in presenting seasonal sacred and classical music. Harpist Laura Majestic and Anna Hineman, violinist Julie Berman, and flutist Connie Kessel are among those performing. Vocalists include Lauren and Cheryl Hoffman of Poughkeepsie, Amy Robinson and Richard Totman from Red Hook. St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd. North, Red Hook. 845758-1184.

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Jeffrey Gaines 8:30 p.m. With special guest, Julie Corbalis. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. The Mighty Diamonds 8 p.m. $20 reserved seating. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Shorty King’s Clubhouse 8:30-11:30 p.m. Big band. La Puerta Azul. 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables – Ashokan High Point 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Kanape Trailhead, Route 42. This is a strenuous, 8-mile hike, led by John Kenney (845-436-6046). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Call the hike leader for the fee. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

PERFORMANCE Verdi’s “Don Carlo” 12:30 p.m. Director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with this new production of Verdi’s profound, beautiful, and most ambitious opera. Roberto Alagna leads the cast, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. Yannick NézetSéguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. The Met: Live in HD 201011 season continues. Tickets: $23, adult; $21, member; $16, children 12 and under. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

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Kairos: A Consort of Singers 3 p.m. Presenting its annual “Lessons and Carols” service. The service will include readings from the Old and New Testaments, interspersed with choral motets, hymns and carols from the Medieval to the present, including two new works by Hudson Valley composer and Kairos member Craig Fryer. The service will conclude with a performance of J. S. Bach’s motet “Komm, Jesu, komm” (the sixth performance in Kairos’ 2010 Bach Cantata Series), accompanied by organist Erich Borden. Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Broadway (Route 9W), West Park. 845-256-9114. > continued on next page

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Find historic, holiday and secular events to celebrate the changing seasons.

Through Dec. 18

Pictured: The Drawing Room at Locust Grove. File photo.


“Storytime in the Deyo House” New this year is a unique opportunity for kids to enjoy holiday stories at the foot of the decked-out holiday tree in the Deyo House. A local actor and storyteller will delight kids with a wide variety of multi-cultural holiday favorites, including many loved standards and others such as “El Regalo de Navidad (The Christmas Gift)” and the story of the Maccabees triumph and the Hanukkah miracle. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Limited to 25. Free. Historic Huguenot Street, 18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1660.

Dec. 18 Christmas at Clermont Open House 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors are able to enjoy the mansion’s spectacular rooms lavishly decorated for the holidays. Additionally, hot cider will be served to guests in the museum’s visitor center and gift shop. Free. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240.

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“Holiday Whodunit” at Mills Mansion Every Sunday through December, young detectives roam Mills Mansion, receiving clues from first person interpreters dressed in period appropriate clothing to solve a Gilded Age mystery. This year’s theme is “Haley’s Comet.” Geared for 6-12 years old. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $5, general; $4, senior, student; age 12 and under, free. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845889-8851. Wilderstein Annual Holiday Mansion Tours In the yuletide tradition, each year florists and designers transform the mansion into a holiday spectacular. Many rooms display period ornamentation and appear as though the Suckley family still resided. Other rooms showcase modern and even unexpected holiday decor, juxtaposed dramatically against the home’s Victorian backdrop. Tour the mansion at your own pace and talk to guides in each room. Saturday

and Sunday, through Dec., 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $10, general; $9, senior & student; under age 12, free. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818.

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Locust Grove Estate Go back in time and re-live the romance of Christmas past, as in the classic tale “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” In each room, Christmas trees are decorated in seasonal splendor showcase passages from this holiday story. Tour the mansion, with guides available to share information on the showcased museum collections and decorations. Saturday, Dec. 18; Sunday through Friday, Dec. 26-31. Tours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last tour starts at 3:15 p.m.). Admission: $10; $6, children under 12. 845-454-4500, ext. 17. “A Gilded Age Christmas” at Mills Mansion Guided tours of the lavishly decorated 79room Mills Mansion highlight family history and showcase turn-of-the century decorations. Many Christmas trees, floral arrangements and spectacular dining room decorations. Wed.-Sun., through Dec., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 16-31: open daily, noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 26: evening hours, 6–8 p.m. Admission: $5, general; $4, senior, student and groups; age 12 & under, free. Tours every half hour; last tour begins on the half hour before closing times. Reservations required. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845889-8851. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Holiday Tours Tours of the decorated Gilded Age mansion daily, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 per person. Listen to the festive music, and learn about the Vanderbilt tradition to hand out gifts to each child in the town of Hyde Park as some of these gifts are on display. Refreshments served from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. Vanderbilt Mansion, 4097 Albany Post Rd., (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-9115.





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NIGHTLIFE Covered Dish Christmas Dinner Dance With Show 6:30 p.m. A ballroom and Latin Christmas dance party. Dining, dancing, Santa, show, sing-along with the accordion and more. Singles and couples welcome. Please bring your best dish. Donation accepted. Pleasant Valley Town Hall, Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley. 845 635-3341. Photo submitted.

PERFORMANCE Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Holiday carolers will entertain between scenes. Hosted by “The Murder Café Performance Group.” Tickets: $49.95 plus tax and gratuity; $25.95, children 6-12. Reservations required. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Monday, Dec. 20 EVENT

Polar Express Night 5 and 7 p.m. Hear the popular holiday tale read aloud. See full story on page 10. Refreshments available. Free. Hyde Park Train Station Museum, 34 River Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-2338.

Tuesday, Dec. 21 EVENT

Celebrate the Solstice 5 p.m. This time of celebrating the resting of nature and the eventual hope of spring is particularly fitting this year. Come and join in with staff and animals in a circle around the fire, pray in gratitude for all our blessings, and sing a song of welcome to the new sun. Afterwards, gather in our café for cookies and hot chocolate. Reservations required. Sprout Creek Farm, 34 Lauer Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8438.

What goes round and round without stopping and reminds us of holidays? A wreath. Erin Hobson and Steven Ross 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Like many of our traditions, such as trees, stockings, and caroling, wreaths have a Saugerties. 845-246-5306. centuries-long association with Christmas. Wreaths themselves go back millennia, but Swing Dance Workshop the Christmas wreath is probably only a few centuries old. Our habit of bringing greenery into the house on the darkest days of the year is a 6 p.m. Beginner lesson, free with admission to Intermediate West Coast Swing workshop, legacy of the Druids (that fun-loving group that gave us Halloween, mistletoe and the dance. 5:40-6:40 p.m. Admission: $8. White Eagle Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 22 occasional human sacrifice). The wreath shape, the eternal circle, was just one way of 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston. 845-255-1379. FAMILY displaying greenery along with branches over the mantle, garlands over the door and Santa’s Workshop OUTDOOR swags. The wreath shape can be traced back to ancient Persia and Greece. 4 p.m. Have hot cocoa and cookies with Santa. Singles and Sociables – Spring Farm Ski/Hike In the advent wreath, the evergreen represents the continuity of life and the circle is Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult Become one of Santa’s helpers and decorate a the unending relationship between Christ and man. hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. toy for holiday fun. Cost: $10, child; $5, adult, The most ubiquitous material for the holiday wreath is evergreen, especially balsam, No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk including admission. Mid-Hudson Children’s praised for its aroma. The traditional manner of making an evergreen wrath involves Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845471-0589. yards of florist wire and piles of band aids for cut fingers. The lazy way of making an moderate, 7-mile ski or hike if no snow, led by Bill Jasyn (845-255-7805). New hikers are strongly evergreen wreath involves wrapping garbage bags, ribbon style, around a wreath form. encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike NIGHTLIFE This provides plenty of folds in which to tuck the evergreen boughs. It will last as long for information on hike levels, what to bring, and Petey Hop and Blues Jam as the wire wreath and is easier to recycle the ingredients (greenery onto the brush pile, other information. Hike leaders determine whether 8:30 p.m. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. garbage bag to be used, wreath form to be reused). Other ingredients for wreaths are pinecones, cinnamon, eucalyptus, Christmas members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919. balls, ribbon loops, candy canes, dried fruits, silvered fruits, and all manner of herbs. (Try dried chilies, garlic and shallots braided with springs of dill and/ or rosemary for a cook’s wreath.) If you’re decorating an interior door such as your office, a different set of rules applies. First, be careful of fragrance. What’s delightful and refreshing to you can easily be overpowering or full of allergens for coworkers. Second, because of the dry interior, air evergreen wreaths won’t hold up well and will leave you a little “gift” to vacuum up each morning. An office door with a simple holiday wreath can be more inviting in the last dark weeks of the year, whether our minds are on our work or not.

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“Wreath Fineries at the Wineries” took place over three weekends in November and December along the Shawangunk Wine Trail. The wineries participating included Stoutridge Vineyards, Adair Vineyards, Benmarl Vineyards and Glorie Farm Winery. Photos by Dana Gavin.

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Every so often, a new restaurant flashes to the scene bringing in its wake a sense of presence and certain success. When owners Nick and Patricia Rebracca set up their restaurant Arielle in Rhinebeck, they had a very clear vision. Back in 2008, Rebracca and his wife took a leap of faith to open up a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean-French cuisine. Three years later, after clearing up some of the start-up bumps, the restaurant is flourishing. And the gourmand’s and foodie’s destination for a true Mediterranean cuisine and great dining experience makes Arielle Rhinebeck’s culinary crown. From the moment you step in, from the coat check to the waitstaff to the talented ARIELLE RESTAURANT Chef Roberto Mosconi’s food to the Rating ★★★★★ hospitable owners who greet you, you’re in good hands at Arielle. At the helm in (Excellent) the kitchen is Chef Mosconi, born in New 51 East Market St., Rhinebeck York City but raised in Emilia Romagna, Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Italy. He tenured at one of the most prestigious restaurant in New York, The 845-876-5666 Sign of the Dove. He also worked at the very popular Coco Pazo in the city as well. Chef Mosconi is serious about his cuisine at Arielle, and draws inspiration from all over the Mediterranean region to invent flavorful appetizers and entrees. Both Rebracca and Chef Mosconi see eye to eye on designing a new food menu. On a recent weekday evening in December, I decided to have dinner at Arielle. After I was seated by a friendly hostess, I decided to begin my dinner with a Kir Royale, a classic aperitif made with Champagne and black currant liqueur. It was soon followed by a lavish platter of grilled baby octopus, seasoned sprightly with a gremolada of olive oil, lemon zest, garlic and parsley. It was served with a handful of cherry tomatoes on a bed of slightly peppery fried polenta. The fresh, tender octopus was properly cooked and seasoned on point, allowing the delicate and full unadulterated flavor of the seafood to soar. The assertive seasoning often surprises but never overwhelms the palate. The next appetizer was the grilled sardines: A lovely presentation of four medium-sized sardines resembling petit trouts that were fresh with great texture and a nuance of saltiness that accented the tender flesh. It was served with lemon, thyme and garlic, enhancing the flavor of the dish just right. Another interesting dish is the fresh and bright in color,


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deeply flavorful tuna tartare with shiso mustard and served with crisp greens of celery and arugula, fresh herbs, baby tomatoes and slices of boiled eggs. Arielle gets the best beef, veal and lamb available from city and local purveyors. The pork chop a La Moutarde with mushroom sauce is a triumph. And the entrecote rib eye steak with black peppercorn is a hefty marbled beauty of succulent eating for the carnivore. For my entrée, I ordered The Cotes D’Agneau lamb chops: The three pan-seared, medium size lamb chops were tender and cooked – medium rare with a slightly pinkish interior. They were seasoned with a dash of rosemary, lavender, thyme and garlic and served with a small dish of a tasty ginger sauce that helped balanced out the lamb flavor. A small bowl of white bean cassoulet and fresh salad, and hand-cut French fries with aioli on the side added culinary drama to the delicious ensemble. A glass of red Crianza, Flavium 2006 from Spain accented the whole meal splendidly. Chef Mosconi’s recipes are always sinfully intricate, getting our attention with culinary presentation. Mosconi also impresses with his lustrous pasta dishes. Be sure to try the pasta Arabiata, which is done with spicy tomato sauce, jumbo shrimp, capers, olives and sage. And it is cooked to perfection al dente. At Arielle, no less spectacular than the food is the extensive wine selection from lesserknown wine estates to the more known historic wine Chateaus: La Baron, Michelle de Montaigne, Rothchilds. And you can expect to also have Champagne available from Dom Perignon to Joulet Brut to Vintage Krug. Rebracca’s aim is to expand his patrons oenological outlook and prepare their palates for the serious food. Arielle serves up lunches throughout the week at very reasonable prices, from great-tasting sandwiches like the Marocaine and the Arielle. Or you can choose from freshly prepared, salads and in-house made soups that are excellent as well. I ended my dinner with the Ile Flotante: a sensous specialty of the house, a dreamy high float of meringue with cream Anglaise. It’s light as a feather, scrumptious and fulfilling. The cardamon brulee is another favorite not to be missed. Baron Corso de Palenzuela von Habsburg is an international food, wine, beer, and chocolate critic, a chef and connoisseur who has written extensively on international cuisine. The Gourmet Baron resides in New York, Virginia, and Spain. He can be reached at 845-706-1244.

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• Locate all the broken candy canes. Set them aside to eat while working on the project. • If desired, wrap the wreath form in a pretty holiday ribbon or fabric before beginning. • Cut yarn or curling ribbon into 6” strips (you’ll need about a million of them). • Staple the center of a piece of yarn to the wreath form. Punch a hole in the wrapper of a candy cane. Thread the yarn through the hole and tie a bow affixing the candy cane to the wreath. • Begin with one tidy ring of canes along the front of the wreath. Then fill in. Make an attractive sign with your message such as Help Yourself, Take a Treat, Only for Good Coworkers or Touch Under Penalty of Death. • In lieu of candy canes consider hard candies in theme colors: blue and white for Hanukkah; pastels for Easter or red, white and blue for Flag Day. And try not to eat them all yourself. Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at {16} december 15, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

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Holiday roundup #3 BY ANN LA FARGE

O readers, this is it – a last opportunity to OK, choo books for the bibliophiles on your holiday choose list and still have time to read before you wrap. M pick for the best all-time family coffeeMy tab book will not be wrapped at all, because I’m table kee keeping my copy of “Life: Wonders Of Life – Th Amazing World of Nature, The Classic The Co Collection,” by the editors of Life, (TimeHome E Entertainment, Inc. $29.95). Kids of all ages, fr from toddler to grandpa, will love browsing th collection of 100 color photographs of the this m most interesting plants and animals around the world – the largest, smallest, toughest, gentlest and rarest species alive today. (By the way, the book includes five removable prints, ready to be framed). Divided into two sections – F Flora and Fauna – in each there are chapters featuring “The Biggest of the Big,” “The Smallest of the Small” and “Tough Customers.” “This is a wild book,” the introduction begins. “This is a wild, wild book.” And it is. Take “Sticky Situations,” for instance (“Have you ever been a mite too messy with Super Glue?”). There are more than 100 species of sundew – plants that employ a flypaper trap to catch their prey. Or check out the biggest frog, the goliath; and the biggest dog, Giant George, a Great Dane who weighs 245 pounds and is, thank goodness, friendly. Travel around the world and to the depths of the ocean with this wondrous book. Anyone who loves, and has always loved, TV will want to own Stephen Battaglio’s “David Susskind – A Televised Life” (St. Martin’s Press, 16 pages of photos, $27.99). The maverick TV producer and talk show host from the ’50s through the ’70s took risks, broke rules and changed the face of TV. He interviewed the great folks of his era – Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Malcolm X – and shattered the color barrier with his series “East Side/West Side” and “NYPD.” If you remember Susskind’s discussion show, “Open End,” you’ll want to revisit his interviews, especially the one with Nikita Krushchev at the height of the Cold War. A fine biography of an “enfant terrible,” this book is also a chronicle of a glamorous time in the entertainment industry. The sports fan on your list will be thrilled to open up a copy of “Native American Son –The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe” by Kate Buford (32 pages of photos. Knopf, $35). Thorpe grew up in Indian Territory in Oklahoma, led the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team to victory against college teams, won gold medals in the 1912 Olympics pentathlon and decathlon, and helped create what would become the National Football League. At the same time, Thorpe faced difficulty as a Native American celebrity, battled alcoholism, the loss of a child, and a move from one failed marriage to the next. He became an advocate for Native American rights, chased a Hollywood career and became an American icon. I had never heard of Jim Thorpe, and opened the book thinking simply to browse. Got hooked. Read the whole thing. And I don’t even like football. Now that’s an endorsement. Lovers of Americana will want to read Suzanne Loebl’s “American Medicis – The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy” (Harper, $34.99, 16 pages of color photos). Loebl recounts the family’s enormous contributions to American art, their enthusiasm for collecting and building, their impact on museums – The Museum of Modern Art, The Cloisters, Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center. Abby and John Rockefeller and their descendants held the belief that art should be for everyone, not just the elite. This book tells a fascinating story about one of > continued on next page

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Am America’s most influential families. A speaking of the arts, I have read and enjoyed And two terrific books about architecture – earmarked, now, to a couple of architects on my holiday gift list. For the serious architectural student/practitioner there’s a he hefty tome that is, at the same time, a sparkling story – “Triumvirate – McKim, Mead & White – Art, A Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s G Gilded Age” by Mosette Broderick (Knopf, photos tthroughout, $40). Their world was the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. The great triumvirate built houses for the Astors, the Vanderbilts and J.P Morgan; designed and built churches, libraries, gentlemen’s clubs, railroad terminals, and the first Roman arch inAmerica for Washington Square. This at once lively and scholarly book is about money and power, scandal and glamour, and, above all, beautiful buildings. Also of architectural and cultural interest – and it reads like a collection of short stories, or fables – is Edward Hollis’s “The Secret Lives of Buildings –From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories” (photos throughout, Picador, $17). Read about the Parthenon (for centuries a working church); the Cathedral of Notre Dame; remains of the Berlin Wall; The Alhambra; the Western Wall in Jerusalem; and The Venetian in Las Vegas “In Which History Is So, Like, Over.” This is a book of tales about the lives that buildings lead, the author explains, “in the course of which they all change into something rich and strange. Buildings are gifts, and because they are, we must pass them on.” Enough with the hefty. Let’s end with a couple of lighthearted tales, one about the season, one about a remarkable dog. Cynthia Keller’s novel, “An Amish Christmas,” (Ballantine Books, $16) celebrates life and courage in tough economic times. She invites us into a suburban family, the Hobarts, threatened with homelessness – and into an Amish community that takes them in … and challenges their vision of the life they’ve left behind. Meg Hobart begins to question the solidity of her marriage, realizes how spoiled her kids are, and wonders about the sacrifices she has made in pursuit of the American dream. With no computers and no cell phones, the Hobarts find themselves questioning the values they’ve lived by … and finding new ones. A lovely story for holiday reading. Let’s end this holiday marathon with a story about a dog – a cocker spaniel: “Katie Up and Down the Hall – The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family” by Glenn Plaskin, (eight pages of color photos; Center Street, $19.99) The author, a rather lonely bachelor, moved downtown to Battery Park City, “a town built on water” and into a very dog-friendly apartment building. Maybe he should have a dog, too; he’d always wanted one. Enter Katie, “the woebegone runt of the litter,” a ragamuffin he named after Katherine Hepburn. He trains her; dresses her up and takes her to work; later, after losing his job, he takes her to job interviews. Meanwhile, Katie runs up and down the hall, making friends with an elderly couple, Pearl and Arthur and, later, with a single Dad and his young son, Ryan. Soon, their three apartments became one. Pearl became “Granny” to boy and dog. And then … well, place a box of Kleenex next to your reading chair and find out. Katie lived a long and happy life and brought joy into many hearts. “How blessed we have been,” the author concludes, “to have been brought together by Katie.” Thus ends our three-part holiday roundup. Visit your local bookstore, buy books for everyone, and hope that you, too, will receive books for Christmas – as do I. And now, back to that pile of novels I’ve been saving up! Happy, happy holiday reading to all!

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It’s considered the best odds-maker before the Oscars: The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The award show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air on Jan. 16. Take some time over the next month to catch up on all the nominees so you can get your predictions ready.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Given the success of the “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” franchises, it’s not surprising that the major movie distributors would look at the many books by C.S. Lewis as yet another goldmine. The advances in CGI technology opens the floodgates for creators to make regal lions seem to speak easily (and sound like Liam Neeson!) and equips a wee mouse named Reepicheep with weapons and sass (with a voice by Simon Pegg). The first film of this series, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” was the finest of the three flicks. It’s the tightest of these three novels, and when it was made, the four lead children (Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell and William Moseley) as the Pevensies, were genuinely charming and engaging. The second film, “Prince Caspian,” was disappointing enough that it was a little surprising that this film even got made. This third installment is certainly an improvement, but not as well done as the first film, even as this one offers more adventure and covers more terrain. “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” returns the audience to two of the Pevensies, Lucy and Edmund (Henley and Keynes), who are surviving World War II with their nasty cousin, Eustace (Will Poulter) while older siblings Susan and Peter (Popplewell and Moseley) reside in America and at school, respected. Edmund and Lucy travel back to the magical land of Narnia and are reunited with King Caspian (Barnes) on a great ship, the Dawn Treader. Most of the film is set on the Dawn Treader (hence the name), and one almost wishes for Russell Crowe to pop up in full “Master and Commander” form and start whipping some tush. The crew sets off in search of displaced Narnians and especially Aslan, the selfsacrificing, talking lion who has seemingly gone missing. This “voyage” is much more a morality tale than a thrilling adventure: Little Lucy learns not to yearn for beauty, while Edmund learns not to wish to be powerful (didn’t he figure out that “lust for power” was a bad deal in Narnia-ville in the first movie? Hard-headed kid). The mild blessing here is that the film is relatively short, even though it does drag a bit.


weekend horoscopes DEC. 15-21 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): This week is a great time for you to get caught up on last-minute errands and chores – you’ll be shocked at how productive and efficient you can be. Don’t give in to your desire to stay home out of the chaos; you’ll get so much done if you just focus, and have time to rest and play later.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Avoid making a financial loan, even if it’s too a trusted friend. Instead, help them figure out a logical path to a better situation. You’ll be able to see options even when your friend doesn’t think there’s a way out.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You are very competent, and can fix a lot, but sometimes, even you need to call in the professionals. This is one of those times. It’s worth the irritation and the expense to get everything working right.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Don’t let an unexpected and upsetting phone call or e-mail stress you out. Yes, it’s aggravating, but it doesn’t have a huge impact; don’t give it any more significance than that. In general, avoid casual communications until you get this all sorted out.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You will meet someone with whom you will feel an intense bond immediately. You may believe that you can see this person clearly, but you are glossing over their flaws. No one is perfect, and you shouldn’t let yourself be fooled by your own wishful thinking.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): It may seem like the world is out to get you, but that’s not

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true – you’re just having a run of bad luck, especially with technological devices. Try not to get frustrated when things start breaking – losing your cool won’t help the situation. Take a deep breath and focus on things you can control.


GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Avoid travelling this week, if possible – you’ll experience more aggravation than fun. If anything, try to be a homebody – stay in, get a good book or rent a bunch of movies. Staying close to home will be restorative for you.

• Jiggle bell rock? Actors and rock star hopefuls Jack Black and Jason Segel took a break from filming “Gulliver’s Travels” (which opens Dec. 22) to record a Christmas classic. The duo sang a cover of Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s 1977 hit, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.” The single is on sale at iTunes, and proceeds will benefit Blue Star Families, an organization that supports military families. • 2010 is not Miley Cyrus’ best year – The latest scandal emerged when TMZ obtained a photo of Cyrus seeming to take a hit off a bong on her birthday. The rumor now is that she was actually taking a hit of the natural herb salvia, which has psychedelic qualities when smoked. Possession of salvia is legal in California. • Chris Rock came to the rescue of a very pregnant woman last week – while shopping at Neiman Marcus in New Jersey mall, Rock encountered the woman who was only feet away from him when her water broke. The comedian apparently entertained the woman and bystanders while medical help was on its way. Rock, the father of two, probably knew the drill. • The Grinch brought a lump of coal to the Hoff: A&E cancelled the reality show “The Hasselhoffs,” which starred David Hasselhoff and his daughters, Taylor Ann and Hayley, as the kids pursued their dreams of celebrity. After only two episodes, the audience just didn’t seem to care. The Hoff will survive, however: he’s currently in rehearsals for a London production of “Peter Pan.”

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): You’ll find yourself arguing with those close to you over financial issues. Avoid getting emotional over the conflict – this issue demands logic. You shouldn’t make any definite plans this week to travel – you’ll only wind up having to adjust your reservations.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): A minor disagreement with a close friend or romantic partner might escalate if you don’t willingly walk away from the fight. You won’t lose face if you just concede and more forward. The other person isn’t in a good place, and this tussle has much less to do with you or the issue than you think.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Planning for a trip is just the sort of “personal time” you need this week. Indulge in getting all the details right – brainstorm to get all the details right. Don’t take casual comments personally – in all likelihood, your friend or colleague didn’t realize the impact of their words on you and did not intend to direct negativity your way. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’ll get some distressing information this week, but before you react negatively, consider that you may not have all of the facts. You can’t make a good decision until you can see the whole landscape of options clearly. Step back and look critically. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): It feels like everyone is against you right now, but that’s just your perception – if people have seemed to be cold or disinterested in your struggles, they haven’t meant to come off as uncaring. It’s up to you to reach out to them and make the effort; you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

• Behind bars: “Blade” star Wesley Snipes began serving a three-year sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania last week for failure to file income tax returns. Even vampire killers have to make right with the government. • Bassist and music producer Richard Finch, a former member of KC and the Sunshine Band, has been sentenced in Ohio to seven years in prison for sex charges involving minors. Finch told a judge that he was embarrassed, disgusted and ashamed … sounds about right. For entertainment purposes only. Hudson valley news | | december 15, 2010 {19}


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• One of the all-time football greats passed away recently at 72. “Dandy” Don Meredith was perhaps best known as the entertaining third man on the original “Monday Night Football” broadcasts. He was also a great football player. Along with Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford, he made every game an event. Meridith’s charm and humor played well with Cosell’s bombast and Gifford’s earnestness. Gifford survives at Kathy Lee’s pleasure. • The Jaybird was delighted to see the Baseball Hall of Fame reject the late blowhard and convicted felon George Steinbrenner. Sure, he bought a few championships for Yankees fans, but he was no Hall of Famer.

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• Book your tickets early for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. What could be more exciting than soccer in an Arab country at 115 degrees? • Locally, Marist men’s basketball won their first game since Obama won the White House. I keep thinking they’re going to reach out to the Jaybird for front-court help. • Hey, Knicks fans, calm down. You’ve beaten a few bad teams but you’re in no danger of beating anybody good. But after the last few years, even this little streak feels like a title. • The obnoxious, self-centered former Yankee Gary Sheffield announced he is now an agent. Good luck to anyone dumb enough to allow him to represent him. Even the bat boys hated him when he played.

• Continuing to root for the great Bob Feller, who is in tough shape at 92. The Jaybird • Speaking of the hated Yankees, they did wants him to outlive his fastball, which was the right thing by locking in Derek Jeter clocked around 100 miles per hour. for the duration of his Hall of Fame career. • Looks like OTB is a goner. Only the There was no way fans could tolerate him state could lose money as a bookie. The in another uniform. The Yankees ponied Internet will pick up the slack and do a up $51 million for three years. better job. • My beloved Red Sox picked up slugger Adrian Gonzalez, which makes Andre Beltre expendable and will move Kevin Youklis to third. Carl Crawford isn’t going to hurt the cause any either. Can you say American League East Champions?

• Here’s another reason the Jaybird doesn’t like the Jets or their posse. As the Jets stunk up the joint against the Dolphins, their conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, was caught tripping a Dolphins player as he blew by on the sidelines. • The Giants made short work of Donovan Hopefully the NFL will show this clown McNabb and the Redskins two weeks ago. the door. Low rent all the way, Jets! Young gymnast Meaghan Romaguera takes the top prize in the beam competition by performing Rush Limbaugh may have been right when a back walkover. Photo submitted. he called McNabb overrated. No way the Teammate Stephanie Cassens of Redskins bring him back next year. BY HV NEWS STAFF

Meaghan Romaguera, a young gymnast with Gym Stars Gymnastics in Saugerties, was her team’s big winner at the Gym City Holiday Meet in Yorktown Heights. Romaguera, who competed in the junior silver division, was among the top performers in the vault, bars and beam events.

Rhinebeck, who also competed in the junior silver division, also earned top honors in the vault, bars and floor competitions. Other top performers from Gym Stars included Julia Herdman of Hurley, Bridgett Coleman of Coxsackie, Abigail Munson of Highland and Amber Murphy of Saugerties.

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will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Friday, Dec. 24 starting at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Thom Fiet will conduct the family friendly service and hopes BY RAY OBERLY young and old alike join in celebrating the birth of Christ. The church is located at 2 Fiddlers Bridge Rd. at the intersection with CLINTON JUSTICE Hollow Road (County Route 14). For more COURT CLOSED information, call the church office at 845The Town of Clinton Justice Court will be 889-4019. closed on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Court staff will be available at all regularly scheduled times. CORNERSTONE Call 845-266-5988 for more information.




This Week Medicare Training The Office for the Aging will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The program will take place at the Red Hook Town Hall, 7340 S. Broadway, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, or for more information, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

Upcoming Balance Screening St. Francis Hospital’s Therapy Connection has scheduled a Balance and Fall Prevention Screening on Monday, Jan. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Conference Center in the hospital’s Atrium Building, 241 North Rd., Poughkeepsie (snow date is Jan. 17). Attendees will receive a balance and hearing screening, as well as information on how medications can affect balance, what contributes to good balance, suggestions for improving balance, safety tips and more. While the screening is free, space is limited and registration is necessary. Register by calling 845-485-5087. Navigating Medicare Navigating Medicare, a presentation by St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Atrium, Sr. M. Ann Elizabeth Conference Center Rooms A & B, at St. Francis Hospital. This free presentation is a basic overview of Medicare. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve your place, call 845-483-5560. Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain a card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. For more information, call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. 845-233-4651

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On Friday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 25, Clinton town offices, highway department, and library will close. On Saturday, Dec. 25, the recycling center will be closed but will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24.


On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Clinton Alliance Church will present a special Christmas concert featuring recording artist Paul Heffron. Paul is a dynamic pianist/ guitarist/ composer whose music is unique, biblical and effective. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and specializes in writing contemporary songs built around scriptures. He has played with the Arlington Philharmonic and Boston Conservatory orchestras, on national television and has recorded albums in Nashville. Join parishioners at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church for a joyful hour of traditional and original Christmas music. At regular worship services at 9 and 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, music by Paul Heffron will be featured. Coffee fellowship is in the new youth center (across the street from the church) at 10 a.m. between the services, and there is a staffed nursery in the education building and a mother’s room in the sanctuary. Bible classes for adults and children are at 9 a.m. in the education building. At Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, Pastor Hartley invites the community to one of three 45-minute services starting at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. Services will include a reading of the Christmas story, presentation of the gospel, candle lighting and carol singing. For more information, call 845-266-5178 or visit The Clinton Alliance Church is located at 1192 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). The Rev. Thomas L. Hartley officiates.


Cornerstone Church invites the community to its Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24 in the church. Come and sing traditional Christmas carols, listen to the wonderful vocal talent of soloists and the choir and be inspired by seasonal instrumental favorites. There will be a message from Pastor Jerry Clark and the service will end with singing “Silent Night” by candlelight. This is a service the whole family will enjoy. On Sunday, Dec. 26 at 9:30 a.m., the church will host a continental breakfast, followed by the regular 11 a.m. worship service. That service will also have special instrumental and vocal performances, along with traditional congregational hymns for the season and a brief message from Pastor Clark. The church is located at 1592 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14, at the dead end, by the Taconic State Parkway), Clinton Corners. For more information, directions or questions, call 845-266-8057 or visit


Come to the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Evangelical Free Church on Friday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. in the church. Pastor Jeff Silvieus will conduct the service. There will also be a musical presentation by the children that evening. The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, one mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information, call the office at 854-266-5310. This is always a meaningful service as it helps us to keep Christ as the center of Christmas.


The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association held its annual meeting on Dec. 4 at Terrapin at Dinsmore The Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church Golf Course. A nice-sized crowd attended.


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2011 Wool Ambassador Taylor Harrison, 2011 Assistant Wool Ambassador Angelika Juress and Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association President Blaine Burnett attend the association’s annual meeting. Photo submitted.

Clinton resident and Association President Blaine Burnett welcomed the attendees. The business portion of the meeting started with the unanimous adoption of the association’s bylaws. Maureen Hess and a committee worked throughout 2010 to complete a revision to the bylaws. A governance policy was also written to compliment the bylaws, in which various committees and their functions were defined. The following new board members were unanimously appointed: Mary Stevens, Jennifer Fimble, Blaine Burnett and Heidi Simmons. Christine Hegarty led the selection of the 2011 Wool Ambassador and assistant. Christine thanked Claire Burnett for being the 2010 Wool Ambassador. The 2011 Wool Ambassador is Taylor Harrison of Tivoli. She is a member of the Golden Fleece 4- H Sheep Club. The 2011 Assistant Wool Ambassador is Clinton resident Angelika Juress from Clinton Corners and a member of the Southern Shepherds 4-H Sheep Club. Jerry Stevens announced that Graeme Steward of Saugerties won the 2010 Shepard of the Year Award. He received a real, full-sized, engraved shepherd’s crook. Graeme received the award for his many years of service to the sheep clubs and by being a gentleman, very professional, courteous and judging many sheep shows. Graeme said, “I consider this a very special award since it is voted on by your peers.” Bruce McCord announced the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Phil and Van Seymour. They have devoted many hours in the support of this organization. Ending the evening, Eileen Testo surprised everyone with a felting kit to make a Christmas tree, decoration rope and ornaments from colored wool. Thanks are given to Heidi Simmons for making dinner arrangements.



Jim was working this past Saturday and Niall was at a birthday party. So, because of the rainy weather forecast for Sunday, Bridget and I ventured off without our men-folk to get a Christmas tree. Because we got our tree at Big Rock Farms, this was totally doable. In fact, us lazy girls hung out in the nice warm building and had some delicious hot cocoa and cookies while Mark made a fresh cut in our tree, baled it and lugged it over to my truck. Yep, Bridget and I worked pretty hard getting that tree. (Don’t blow my cover. The boys were pretty impressed that we did it alone.) While at Big Rock, we met the nicest people. First, we enjoyed the company of the Ruano sisters, Rossina, 10, and Estrella, 4. They picked out their tree about as quickly as we did, mainly because after looking at exactly four trees, Estrella said, “I want this one.” Estrella’s daddy gave me one of those shrugs that said, “What my baby wants, my baby gets,” and it was a done deal. The girls helped Mark bale their tree and then they joined us inside for cocoa and cookies. Rossina was such a sweet big sister and helped Estrella mix her cocoa; she even added lots of cold water so it wouldn’t be too hot for her younger sister. Then, on our way out, Mark asked his niece, Kelly, who was also helping sell trees and wreaths, “Which tree is Heidi’s?” Kelly pointed to a tree much larger than the one I thought I had selected. I was a bit confused until another couple was standing nearby and the woman said, “Yes, that’s my tree.” Huh? It took me a minute to realize that her name was Heidi also! She, in turn, realized who I was from my picture in this column. So, it was a fun moment when we did the whole “Wow … pleased to meet you” routine. Turns out Jim and Heidi Green live right here in Stanfordville, less than two miles from my house. It didn’t even dawn on me when they introduced themselves as Jim and Heidi that this was a major coincidence. I was still in shock over meeting another Heidi from Stanfordville. But, on the way out, Bridget piped up from the back seat, “Wasn’t that

amazing that they are Jim and Heidi and so are you and daddy?” Duh. It really was a pleasure meeting the Greens, and also the Ruano family. All in all, we had a wonderful time – just what a Christmastree-picking excursion should be. If you still need a tree, Big Rock Farms will be open this weekend: Friday from noon until 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also have a stand on Route 82 across from McCarthy’s Pharmacy with a fairly good, but not as large, selection of trees and wreaths as the main shop on Creamery Road.


Don’t forget this coming Sunday, Dec. 19 is the Stanford Grange annual Country Breakfast and Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Youth Grange will hold a bake sale at this event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Albany. Quick personal note here: My good friends, Ira and Laurie, spent quite a bit of time at Ronald McDonald House in Albany after their daughter was born with a heart defect and needed emergency surgery only a few days after she was born. They have said to me, “If you donate to only one charity this year, make it Ronald McDonald House. It is the most wonderful, sanity-saving organization on the planet.” Ira and Laurie will tell how they were completely and totally pampered by the volunteers at the house so that they could dedicate their time to caring for their newborn daughter, Ava. Thank you, Youth Grange, for doing your part to support this wonderful organization. Do come down and enjoy the breakfast with special guest chef Oliver Orton this Sunday. No reservations are needed. Just stop down and enjoy the food, bake sale and bazaar.


This one is a no-brainer: McCarthy’s Pharmacy and Gifts. Unless you live in town and get your prescriptions filled at McCarthy’s, you may not know that they have a terrific assortment of gift items (also the best coffee within a 10-mile radius, but that’s not the point of this discussion). At McCarthy’s you can get: funky and unique costume jewelry (some handmade), fancy soaps and lotions, candles, hats and mittens, Klutz books, toys and puzzles, Webkinz, picture frames, gift boxes of candy, books and “Stanfordville” clothing (T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats with the word “Stanfordville” printed on them – all sizes, children to adult). They also carry several models of Keurig coffee brewers and I can attest that their prices are better

Rossina and Estrella Ruano enjoy free cocoa and popcorn at Big Rock Farms while selecting their Christmas tree. The Ruano sisters help farm owner Mark Burdick bale their tree. Photos by Heidi Johnson.

than the department stores for these machines. Then there’s the large selection of Christmas and Hanukkah items, including ornaments, lights, decorations, cards and wrapping supplies. Also, new this year is the Kodak Photo Kiosk, where you can print out pictures from digital media such as flash drives and camera memory cards. Apparently, you can even get your holiday cards printed right there from your photos. Or, make a slideshow DVD of family photos for a relative living far away. And, here’s the best part. Until this coming Saturday, McCarthy’s is giving out a coupon sheet with 20% off assorted items and 10% off the Kodak personalized holiday cards. Take my advice. If you have someone on your list who is hard to shop for, go to McCarthy’s in Stanfordville. If you don’t find something for that person at a very reasonable price, I will eat next week’s edition of this newspaper. I am that confident. And, as with all our local merchants, the sales staff at McCarthy’s will assist you in any way you need and they’ll wrap your gift free.

McCarthy’s Pharmacy and Gifts is located at 6040 Route 82, Stanfordville. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Closed Christmas Eve at 3 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.) For more info or directions, call the store at 845-868-1010. Next week, I will report on our Costume Committee dinner event at the Bangall Whaling Company restaurant. For now, I’ll just say it was great fun and the food was excellent. And we even talked about costumes this time! More next week. Thanks for reading. See you next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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This week Movie Night Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, will screen the film “Love Actually” on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The film is rated R. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Call 845-876-2903 for more information. Bariatric Support Group The monthly meeting of St. Francis Hospital’s Bariatric Support Group is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the hospital’s 2 Thorne Conference Room, adjacent to the Bariatric Office. Participants will receive recommendations for patients with diagnosed and treated sleep apnea. A screening will be included that assesses daytime sleepiness and triggers further evaluation by a physician, if indicated. Lapband and bypass patients, pre- and post-procedure are welcome. Prior registration is not necessary. All support group meetings are free of charge. For more information, call 845-431-8898. Holiday Open House On Thursday, Dec. 16, Assemblyman Marc Molinaro will host a holiday open house and charity drive at his district office, 7578 North Broadway, Suite 4, Red Hook, from 3 to 6 p.m. Residents are invited to celebrate the holidays, discuss local issues and help those in need by donating non-perishable food items, new toys or cell phones. For more information, call 845-758-9790. Meditation Workshop Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, will host Rabbi David Cooper, noted Jewish meditation teacher and author of “God is a Verb,” who will share his teachings and offer a workshop on contemplative practices on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The focus of the workshop will be the contemplative fundamentals of concentration, mindfulness and awareness, which are basic to all spiritual traditions. All meditation traditions, as well as those who have never meditated, are welcome. There is no charge for this workshop; however, voluntary contributions would be welcome. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail or call 845-454-2570. Movie Night The community is invited to the Clinton Community Library’s free movie night on Friday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Enjoy a fun evening with your friends and neighbors watching the big screen. The library is located at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). For more information, call the library at 845-266-5530. Town Hall Meetings Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro and Congresswoman-elect Nan Hayworth will host a meet-and-greet at the town halls in East Fishkill and Dover on Friday, Dec. 17. Constituents are invited to discuss local, state, and federal issues and welcome their new congresswoman. The event at East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 Route 376, will be held at 11 a.m. The event at Dover Town Hall, 126

East Duncan Hill Rd., begins at 1 p.m. For more information, call 845-758-9790. Create Your Own Book On Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m., join the Artists’ Books for the Fun of It group in Clinton Town Hall to create exciting “Winter Dragon” books with guidance from local artist Jo Renbeck. You will learn methods for generating words and images for your book. You will also learn how to make book covers. Please let Renbeck know if you will be attending by calling the library at 845-266-5530. Spinning Club The Spinning Club will meet Monday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Clinton Community Library. Spinning on wheels and using drop spindles will be taught if you need help. All spinners and those with an interest are welcome. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Apple Arts Group The Apple Arts Group will meet Monday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the main hall of the Clinton Town Hall. It is an opportunity to meet with fellow artists or novices to learn how to do artwork. The group will decide what projects to do. Bring your own materials. All levels of ability are welcome. For more information, contact Glenda at 845-266-5203. Monday Night Club The Monday Night Club, a book discussion group formed at the Clinton Community Library, has an ambitious program of reading and discussion of books. On Monday, Dec. 20, the group will share their thoughts about “The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan.” The discussion gets under way promptly at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Reading Room. Complimentary refreshments are always on hand. For additional information, call 845-266-5530.

Upcoming New Year’s Eve Millbrook Millbrook Rotary is once again hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Millbrook celebration in the village. A host of activities and performances is planned. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to pick up a button from Reardon Briggs Hardware, Village Wine & Spirits or the Millbrook Variety Store, or at the Thorne Building after 3:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The event will be held Dec. 31, from 4 to 8:15 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. The event will be held in the area near the Thorne Building, Grace Episcopal Church and the Lyall Federated Church. Additional information can be found at www. Fireside Chat A Fireside Chat, “Who is St. James,” will be held Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the St. James’ Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. This is the first in a series of historic lectures to be held at St. James. A reception will follow. Call 845-229-2820 for additional information.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Longtime Dutchess County Office for the Aging Director John Beale is set to retire after more than 12 years at the helm of the department. In a statement to the press, County Executive William Steinhaus credited Beale with turning the Office for the Aging into a model for other senior citizen programs throughout the state. “John has worked to improve the quality of life for seniors in our community and he will be greatly missed,” Steinhaus said. Under Beale’s leadership, the Office for the Aging has provided individualized counseling, seminars and workshops for area seniors covering a range of topics, including long-term care, health insurance, financial planning and more. He also helped organize the annual Senior Citizen

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Picnics and Celebration of Aging events. “It is so gratifying to know the positive difference that the Office for the Aging has made in the lives of so many of our county’s seniors,” Beale said. “I am thankful to our county executive, Bill Steinhaus, for the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity, as well as his support over the years. I feel so fortunate to be able to retire from such a worthwhile position.” Beale began his public service career in 1991 as a county legislator representing the Town of Wappinger and Village of Wappingers Falls. In 1998, he was named the director of the Office for the Aging. It was recently announced that under the 2011 Dutchess County budget, the Office for the Aging will be consolidated with youth and veterans’ services.

People were line up at the Hyde Park Post Office last Saturday to do their holiday mailing. Photo by Jim Langan.


Radio personality Kimberly Kay shares a moment with 26-year-old William. Photo submitted.

GUEST COLUMN midst of thousands at Rockefeller Center and when I returned, there was Kimblerly Kay, having a great time talking with my son. I don’t know how they found each other in all the chaos, but they did and this memory means more to William than the rest of the trip, including seeing those great Rockettes. William had a great St. Patrick’s Day BY WILLIAM VAN ORNUM when Kimberly sponsored a lunch at the For many years, my son, William, Hurley Mountain Inn. She spent some time who is 26 and has Down syndrome, has talking to William despite the fact that she declared a family tradition: drive down had over 100 other guests to attend to. I couldn’t help but notice the sincere to the Stop & Shop Plaza on Route 9 and affection she displayed with many of the make a donation to Mark Bolger’s “Stuff older people who were in the crowd, many the Bus” on the Thursday or Friday night whom were friends of her parents. before Thanksgiving. Later, she brought her parents over Unfailingly, it is a cold night and always, to meet William, and everyone had an Mark is there greeting everyone just like appropriate round of beverages. they are members of his own family. William still smiles when he talks about Mark is always glad to see William and one year even gave him his hat, which that day. Now, I think I understand “revenue William treasures. This weekend brought news that radio concerns,” especially in these times, but I station 93.3 has canceled “Mark Bolger hope the radio station has taken into account and Kimberly Kay in the Morning” due to the immeasurable goodwill and spirit that Mark Bolger and Kimberly Kay have “revenue” concerns. I can’t write of the void soon to occur in brought to the station and the advertisers. This singular radio team did wonders many lives when they can’t find Mark and for many small businesses in this local Kimberly on 93.3 when they get up in the economy. I hope that restaurants, shopping morning or head to work, but I can describe malls, bus trips, concert promoters and all many occasions of their innate goodness other merchants who Mark and Kimberly in befriending a young man with Down supported will calculate the financial loss to syndrome who is one of their many great fans. their own bottom lines due to the departure For more than several years, William of Mark Bolger and Kimberly Kay. has been calling Mark and Kimberly in the Let’s hope each person whose life has morning, on a schedule of his own, and been touched by Mark and Kimberly can from another room I can hear their happy keep them in thoughts and prayers this conversation. At times, I have been worried that he is Christmas season, or even better, find some calling them too often, and have intervened active way to show support. I hope these two talented professionals to check on this, always reassured that everything is fine and he is not monopolizing find good work and new opportunities soon. Each of their listeners must have a story their time. Now, my son is a great guy, but sometimes or two about how their lives were enriched one’s patience can be tested, but never did immeasurably by Mark and Kimberly and I Mark or Kimberly even hint that he might am thankful for the many joys they brought to my son. be calling too often. I look forward to hearing about their Last Tuesday, we went on a tour future successes. sponsored by the radio station to New York City to hear the Rockettes and then William Van Ornum is a professor spent an afternoon enjoying the city at of psychology at Marist College in Christmastime. Poughkeepsie. Respond to this column at At one point late in the afternoon, I had to excuse myself from our lunch table in the


Officials from the Dutchess County Fair have decided not to expand the annual fair to a nine-day event. According to a statement released by fairgrounds officials, after an 18-month study, the decision was made to continue operating for the traditional six days. “While we weighed the potential advantages to increasing the number of fair days, logistically, the expansion would have been difficult for our farmers, our vendors and our carnival operator,” said General Manager Bob Grems. “We simply could not add

three additional days to the fair schedule without having all of these key players on board.” The fair is scheduled for Aug. 23 through 28 in 2011. In September, Grems said officials were considering keeping the fair open over two weekends as a means of minimizing traffic as the fair is generally busiest on Saturdays and Sundays. “One of the things we’re trying to do is stretch the crowd out so we don’t have such an impact on those two days,” he said at the time.

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The Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department continues to offer new programs with broad appeal to families. The latest is designed for youth in grades three through five and is entitled “Dancing in the Park.” Hip-hop, jazz and contemporary dance lessons will be offered. This particular program runs from Jan. 3 through 19. Scheduled instruction runs from 6 through 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Registrations are requested by Dec. 29 in order to ensure placement in the program.

A full-moon hike through Tymor Park has been planned for Wednesday, Jan. 19 starting at 6 p.m. and will be led by staff from the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department. No registration is necessary and the event is free. Interested parties should plan to meet at Tymor Park in front of the main barn facility. If you plan to join the hikers and have a head lamp, bring it. However, it is not absolutely necessary since the moon will give sufficient light if the weather is clear. It is also recommended that you bring a pair of snowshoes provided you happen to have them and if there is snow on the ground. The hike will last approximately one and a half hours. Please dress accordingly. It is highly recommended that you wear a hat. In colder weather, a hatless person will lose more body heat through the head than through any other part of the body. It is also recommended that you include a sturdy pair of waterresistive shoes or boots. Few sights are more beautiful than a moonlit countryside with the evening light reflecting off a covering of snow. Come on out and bring a friend. You’ll be glad you did.


Eagle Scout candidate David Hathcock spoke at a recent breakfast meeting of the Red Hook Rotary about his advancement as a Boy Scout in Red Hook’s Troop 42 and his Eagle Scout project. Hathcock is building an outdoor classroom for use by teachers at Red Hook High School for his project. Shown in the photograph are Rotary President David Wright and Hathcock. The Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, 7329 South Broadway (Route 9), Red Hook. Visitors are welcome. Photo by Fred Cartier. {26} december 15, 2010 | | Hudson valley news


The Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course through the American Red Cross for children ages 11 through 15. It will take place on Friday, Feb. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the program is $75 per person. The course of instruction is designed to conveniently fit into peoples’ schedules because on students are off from school on Feb. 18. This is a really great class for anyone who is planning to work with children in upcoming summer programs or for those looking to pick up some extra money babysitting for friends, neighbors or family. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to perform basic first aid, get professional help fast, identify common safety hazards, prevent accidents and injuries, make sound and reasonable decisions, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, perform basic care routines such as diapering, feeding and dressing, handle bedtime issues with competence, prepare meals and snacks, learn how to locate and interview for babysitting jobs and more. Space is limited, so please register early to insure a spot in this program. The course is geared for both boys and girls.


The ice hockey program is a noncompetitive and non-contact-oriented introduction to hockey fundamentals and skills for youth in kindergarten through grade three. The program will meet on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and has been scheduled to start on Jan. 8. It will run through Jan. 29. The cost is $30 per person. Please register by Friday, Dec. 31. The emphasis of the program will be on skating, an introduction to stick handling, passing and other basic hockey skills. Youth entering this course of instruction must be able to skate unassisted. Necessary equipment that the child should bring includes hockey skates, hockey stick (stick height should be at the child’s nose when standing in shoes), helmet with face shield, shin guards and appropriate winter clothing. Optional equipment to also bring includes hockey pads and gloves.


Ice skating lessons will be offered on

Saturdays, from Jan. 8 through Jan. 29. This program is designed for tots (ages 3 through 5) and beginners (ages 5 and up). The cost of the four-week program is $30 per child. This is a beginners’ type of program that has been designed to get youth comfortable moving around on the ice. Please note that these lessons will take place on an outdoor rink and the condition of the ice will be determined by the weather. Equipment that the participants need to bring includes ice skates, bicycle or hockey helmet and mittens (not gloves). You are asked to register by Friday, Dec. 29 in order to ensure your child’s spot in this program.


The Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department announces that it needs an assistant coach for the Youth Hockey Program. The program runs Saturdays from Jan. 8 through Jan. 29, and starts at 9 a.m. Each session runs until 10 a.m. It is designed for youth in kindergarten through third grade who want to learn the basics of hockey in a non-competitive environment. The youth participating in these blocks of instruction will be required to know how to skate prior to registering for the program. Anyone interested in applying for this position should contact Rob at 845-724-5691 or by e-mail at


If you haven’t been to Tymor Park after dark recently, you’re missing something. For several weeks in the late fall, park staff stringed thousands of colored lights on the trees and structures. Their efforts have really paid off. The view in the direction of the barn when you’re driving down Bruzgul or Duncan Roads is outstanding. It’s definitely worth your while to come over and witness this spectacular multicolored show that’s guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit. Also, as you travel through Union Vale after dark, take the time to go to the intersection of Bloomer Road and Patrick Drive. There, on the northwest corner, you will see an animated light presentation that you’ll never forget. In a very large front yard, thousands of lights go on and off in sequential order to the timing of the Christmas music you can listen on 98.9 FM. It’s a great experience.


Deborah Ann Holbrook Sneyd, 55, a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, December 5, 2010 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. She will be sadly missed and loved forever. A graduate of Webutuck High School, Mrs. Sneyd worked at Wassaic Developmental Center for many years until her retirement. Debâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hobbies included crocheting, shopping, and collecting country decor. Born in Hudson on February 20, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Alan â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mickeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Jacqueline Kelsey Moore. On August 20, 2005 in Hyde Park, she married Ronald Sneyd. Mr. Sneyd survives at home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Zane Richards of Millerton, and Craig Moore of Yuma, AZ; step-son, Ronald Sneyd Jr. of Long Island; seven grandchildren, Ethan and Ava Richards, Kiernan, Caitlyn, Liam, and Jacqueline Moore, and Aaron James Sneyd; three sisters, Joanne Gop and husband, Bruce, of Millerton, Dorothy Tanner and husband, Art, of Millerton, and Sandy Holst-Grubbe of Sheffield, Mass.; two brothers, Eugene Moore and wife, Dana, of Philmont, NY, and John Moore of Millerton; brothers-in-law, William Sneyd and wife, Judy, of Wappingers Falls, and Glen Sneyd and wife, Carol, of Fishkill; sisters-in-law, Lynn Kohnke, and Terry Sneyd, both of Wappingers Falls; and many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send her family a condolence, visit


Margo Jean Kobler, 59, of West Islip, NY and formerly of Hyde Park, died Monday, December 6, 2010 at Good Shepherd Hospice Inpatient Center in Port Jefferson after a long courageous battle with cancer. Ms. Kobler worked at IBM in Poughkeepsie and then was later transferred to Long Island. Most recently, she was Vice President at Sunrise Packaging Service, West Babylon, NY. Margo was a 1969 graduate of F.D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, and a former ballet dancer and model with Estelle and Alfonso Dance Company for many years. Born in Portland, Oregon on May 1, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Louis J. Scalzi and Florence Duhon Scalzi. Her mother survives in Hyde Park.

sweetheart and wife of 39 years, Joyce Northrup Updike; daughter, Jennifer and husband, Brendan, of Ossining, New York; son, Eric and wife, Jodi, of Poughkeepsie, New York; precious grandchildren, Madison, 6 years old, Dylan, 4 years old and Ella, 7 months old. Other survivors include his two brothers, Larry Updike and wife, Sue, and Dennis Updike, all of Ithaca, New York; one sister, Kathy Updike-Smithers and husband, Chuck Smithers, of Ithaca; and several nieces and nephews along with many more relatives and friends who will dearly miss him. Calling hours were from 4 to 7 pm, Monday, December 13, 2010 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services were at 11 am, Tuesday, December 14 at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Burial followed in the family plot in Rhinebeck Cemetery. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to family, friends and the doctors and nurses at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, especially those in M7 who lovingly cared for him.

Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087-7106, or online at To send a condolence or for directions, visit


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In addition to her mother, Margo is survived by her brother, Stephen Scalzi and wife, Suzanne, of Cottekill, NY; sister, Elena Scalzi of Hyde Park; former husband and best friend, Roy Kobler of West Islip; two uncles, Bart Scalzi, and Mario Scalzi and wife, Beverly, all of Poughkeepsie; aunt, Mary and husband, Mike of Albany; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and a great nephew. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her uncle, Vincent Scalzi. There were no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. James A. Garisto on Thursday, December 9, 2010, 11 am, at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, Hudson View Drive, Poughkeepsie. Burial followed in the family plot in St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice Inpatient Center at St. Charles Hospital, 200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Richard Brooks Updike of Hyde Park, New York passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, December 9, 2010 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Born in Trumansburg, New York on October 2, 1952 he was the son of the late Clair Updike and the late Mathilde Brooks Updike. Rick was a 1970 graduate of Trumansburg High School, and 1974 magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in computer science. He received his MBA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York also with magna cum laude honors. Upon completing his Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree, Rick started his 33 year career at IBM holding several executive positions. Rick was extremely dedicated to his work. His colleagues sought his advice, trusted his instinct, and held him in the highest regard. His drive and initiative made him a true IBM icon. Following his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of hockey, he served as President of the Dutchess Youth Hockey Association and Registrar of the MidHudson High School Hockey League. Rick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, making sure he never missed an important life milestone. He loved planning the annual family vacations in Cape Cod and the Outer Banks, dressing as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old St Nickâ&#x20AC;? for the family Christmas party and spending time with â&#x20AC;&#x153;the boysâ&#x20AC;? in Vegas. Other passions included tending to his yard, wood-working, playing poker, being the office prankster and acting as the GM of his fantasy Baseball and Football teams. He will be remembered and cherished for his sense of humor, calm demeanor, quiet nature, unconditional support, words of wisdom, logical and brilliant mind and his uncanny ability to remember everything. Rick is survived by his high-school Notice of formation of MHMGKM KINGSTON, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/2010. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 199 West Road, Ste. 100, Pleasant Valley NY 12569. Purpose: any lawful act. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Notice of Formation of Yarlei, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on August 17, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 19 Maple Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Notice of formation of Javis Construction LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y of State of NY (SSNY) On 11/29/2010. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 937 S. Anson Rd. Stanfordville NY 12581. Purpose: any lawful act.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Innisfail Farm LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on November 15, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 2404 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, New York 12514. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to P.O. Box 275, Clinton Corners, New York 12514. Formation of SPRINGWOOD MEDIA, LLC Notice of formation of SPRINGWOOD MEDIA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/02/2010. Office location: Dutchess County, N.Y. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 390 Oak Summit Road, Millbrook, NY 12545. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of formation of Riverscape Music LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/9/2010. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: P.O. Box 6, Rhinebeck NY 12572. Purpose: any lawful act. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC), Name: CLEAR YOGA LLC; Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of new York (SSNY) on 11/18/2010; Office Location: 347 Norton Road, Red Hook, NY 12571, Dutchess County; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served; SSNY shall mail copy of process to 347 Norton Roads, Red Hook, NY 12571; Term: Until (Perpetual); Purpose: Any lawful purpose. HILLFARM PRODUCTIONS LLC. Arts of Org. filed NY Sec. of State 9/20/10. Princ. Off. Loc. Dutchess Cty., Sec. Of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Sec. of State shall mail a copy of process to the LLC: c/o Jonathan Kagan, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1919, New York, NY 10111. Purpose(s) any lawful activity for which LLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may be organized.

Hudson valley news | | december 15, 2010 {27}

Patsy N. Costello, Carney Rhinevault, Ralph Osterhoudt and Roberta Brodie pack cookies and candy to be sent to the USS Roosevelt. Photo submitted.

Sailors get holiday goodies from FDR’s hometown BY HV NEWS STAFF Members of the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society recently sent holiday cookies and candy to sailors aboard the USS Roosevelt. The USS Roosevelt, a destroyer in the U.S. Navy fleet, is named after Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The historical society sends holiday goodies to sailors aboard the ship each holiday season as part of its “Project Fala.” Members of the society spent Dec. 8

packing tins and boxes full of cookies and candy at society President Patsy N. Costello’s home. The treats were mailed with donations from other Hyde Park organizations last week. The Hyde Park American Legion contributed postage costs. “The sailors look forward to the cookies again this year from President and Mrs. Roosevelt’s hometown of Hyde Park,” said Costello in a press release.


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