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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON In the Hudson Valley, 2010 had it all: drama, action, excitement, lots of laughs, a few tears, heroes, villains, political upheaval, social unrest and debates on important issues. Oh, yea – and a girl from Arkansas married a nice Jewish boy in Rhinebeck. As we end the first year of this new decade, we at Hudson Valley News decided to take a look back at some of the people and places that made headlines over the past 365 days. > continued on next page THIS WEEK’S WEATHER: SHOVEL READY

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Without further fanfare, the following is enacted by their predecessors. The move our annual “Year in Review” for 2010. was not without controversy, though, as more than 100 residents showed up for a public hearing on the repeal. At one point, JANUARY The year got started with the swearing Supervisor Tom Martino summoned police in of the men and women elected to serve officers who were in the building after an their communities in the November 2009 upset resident refused to respect a threelocal elections. There was a major shift in minute limit on public comments. At the end of the month, the former the Dutchess County Legislature, with a number of new Republicans elected and the Staatsburg School officially became the new GOP taking the majority. Most local towns home of the New York State Office of Parks, welcomed at least one or two new town board Recreation and Historic Preservation Taconic members, and new supervisors took office Region after a $7.4 million rehabilitation of in towns like Milan, Beekman, Stanford the building. and Pleasant Valley. Five new town board members took office in Hyde Park, kicking FEBRUARY Det. Sgt. Patrick Whelan, supervisor of the county sheriff detective division, addresses the The month of February got off to a scary media at a press conference regarding the alleged murder of 3-month-old Reece Tate by her off their love affair with Hudson Valley News. father, William Tate Jr.; Dr. Evan Goldfischer, managing partner of Hudson Valley Urology in Vassar College made headlines early in the start when the mayor of Newburgh said Rhinebeck, made headlines in February after he came to the aid of a woman suffering severe month when the school announced it would he wanted to see the trial of Khalid Sheikh seizures while aboard a flight to Arizona. File photos. cull about 85 of the estimated 100 deer at Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind its Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, take place SEE MORE YEAR IN REVIEW PHOTOS AT: Poughkeepsie. Apparently, the deer were in his city, saying it could generate needed WWW.THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM decimating the preserve’s forest floor, making revenue. “I look at it almost as a tourist new tree growth difficult, as well as causing a attraction,” the mayor said at the time. “The few car crashes. international attention would put Newburgh Also in January, local residents joined on the map.” The proposal never got too much the international community to provide traction, though, and today, Mohammed aid to the victims of a 7.0-magnitude continues to rot at Guantanamo Bay. earthquake in Haiti, sending money, food, A terrifying and sickening story made the supplies and medical equipment to the front page of our Feb. 10 issue after William impoverished country. Tate Jr., 29, of Wassaic, allegedly murdered In the world of local sports, Olympian his own daughter, causing extensive internal Jenny Finch, the 6-foot-1 softball pitcher, injuries as the result of blunt force trauma. visited the girls of the FDR softball team to Later in the month, the Hudson Valley share tips and advice and show off her pitching was introduced to Thaddeuss Harklerode, and hitting prowess. “There might be a girl a 17-month-old boy with a rare form of right here going to the Olympics,” Finch told epilepsy who suffered uncontrollable seizures the team. “There’s no question you can do it.” and spasms. The community rallied together Later in the month, Hyde Park Town for a fundraiser to help his family raise money Board members made good on their promise for his treatment. to eliminate the wetlands protection law February also saw the beginning of former Hyde Park Police Chief Don Goddard’s battle with the town board. It appeared the board was attempting to oust Goddard, who was acting chief at the time, from the police department by eliminating his former position from the town payroll. Again, Supervisor PUBLISHER: CAROLINE M. CAREY ART DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION: NICOLE DELAWDER Tom Martino found himself confronted by CAROLINEMCAREY@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM PRODUCTION@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM angry residents, many of whom were quite vocal in their support of Goddard. EXECUTIVE EDITOR: JIM LANGAN ADVERTISING: MAHLON GOER It was also announced that the state JIMLANGAN@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM ADVERTISING@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM intended on closing and imposing service reductions at dozens of state parks and Hudson Valley News EDITOR: DANA GAVIN historic sites. 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the part-time position of police chief in Hyde Park. “I’m very excited about the opportunity and understand there are a lot of good, young officers in Hyde Park,” he said at the time.


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tensions continued to rise until early March, when Goddard sent his official letter of resignation to Supervisor Tom Martino. In his letter, Goddard wrote, “For quite some time now I have become more and more concerned with the direction the current town board is taking the department as well as its commitment to it.” Later in the month, James J. Healy Jr., a 44-year-old Rhinebeck man, died while in police custody after he was subdued with a Taser gun during a domestic dispute while high on drugs. Healy, a father of two, had reportedly gotten into a fight with a woman at her home and refused to leave. According to police, he became combative with officers when he was removed from the residence. Police officials said it is “highly unlikely” he was killed as a result of being Tasered. Local village elections were held in Rhinebeck and Tivoli on March 16. In Rhinebeck, Democrats Brant Neunaker and Terry Gipson defeated incumbent Trustee Svend Beecher, who ran on the independent Greening of Rhinebeck line after being denied the Democratic Party nomination. In Tivoli, incumbent trustees Bryan Cranna and Michael Leedy of the Tivoli First Party beat Virginia Grab and Robert Zises of the Tivoli Tax Chopper Party. Later in the month, it was announced Hyde Park resident Elizabeth WaldsteinHart was named executive director of the Walkway Over the Hudson friends organization, a non-profit group that provides support for the Walkway.


Early in April, we started hearing from Chris Gibson, a retired Army colonel from Columbia County who had been tapped by a number of county Republican Party chairmen to challenge Democrat Scott Murphy for his 20th Congressional District seat. Didi Barrett, a Democrat from Millbrook, announced in April that she was officially challenging longtime Republican state Sen. Stephen Saland for his 41st District seat, saying, “It’s clear: Albany is broken. However, it is also clear that we can’t expect the politicians who created this mess to lead us out.” In announcing he intended to seek re-election to his seat, Saland who has held the 41st Senate District seat since 1991, said, “I have no intention of deserting the ship even though it has taken on an abundance of water.” In mid-April, at a meeting of the Pleasant Valley Town Board, local resident Mary Ellen Lester, wife of rescue squad Captain John Lester, complained about the conduct of EMT Jessica Bathrick, alleging Bathrick often used foul and sexually charged language and stole medical supplies. After we put the story on our front page, some of Bathrick’s friends reportedly drove all over the area, buying up every copy of the paper available, in an apparent attempt to keep people from reading the article. Also in April, Charles Broe was named chief of the Hyde Park Police Department. Broe, 42, retired from his position with the Newburgh Police Department before taking

As the temperature started to warm up, so did the political landscape. Early in May, the Dutchess County Democratic Party held its annual Spring Brunch at The Rhinecliff Hotel, during which Democratic Congressman Scott Murphy said he was ready to take on Republican challenger Chris Gibson. Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro (R-Red Hook) announced in May that he would seek a third term as the 103rd District’s representative. Molinaro was challenged by Democrat Susan Tooker of Pleasant Valley. Also in political news, Democrat Alyssa Kogon announced she would be challenging longtime Republican Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie). Kogon told Hudson Valley News, “I decided that it is time for career politicians to give way for a new type of politician – a common-sense politician.” On May 8, the Rhinebeck community lost Ed White, a World War II veteran who survived capture by the Germans and went on to live to 102 years old. Despite the horrors he saw as a POW, White was friendly and warm and will be remembered for his big smile, which he sported every year in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade. In Rhinebeck, many local residents were pleased to learn a company called Rhinebeck Gardens, LLC purchased the unfinished portion of The Gardens at Rhinebeck development. About half of The Gardens at Rhinebeck units had been built and inhabited for some time, but the second portion was effectively abandoned by its original developer before construction was complete, creating what many called a potentially dangerous eyesore. Later in the month, in Hyde Park, 11-yearold Little Leaguer Nicholas Guerico’s life was saved thanks to the actions of bystanders. Nicholas was playing baseball when he collapsed as a result of an undiagnosed arrhythmia. Coaches and other spectators rushed the field and used an AED on Nicholas, keeping him alive until EMTs got to the scene. Today, Nicholas is alive and well thanks to these “Hyde Park heroes.” Also in May, the Hyde Park Town Board proposed its “Local Law D,” which would have given the town board the authority to approve subdivisions and commercial developments and stripped the planning board of this power. The controversial proposal was met with a great deal of criticism and eventually, the board abandoned the plan. In perhaps the most bizarre local political > continued on next page


It’s customary to write year-end stories about all the celebrities who died during the year, which got us to thinking about the fact we’re also marking the end of a decade. Has it really been that long since everyone was panicked about Y2K and all that nonsense? So, we’ve made a list of some of the things we did or took for granted in 2000 that have gone away in 10 short years. If you can think of anything we missed, send us an e-mail and we’ll get it in next week.

Here goes. Travel agents have given way to travel websites like Orbitz. Landline phones aren’t gone but they’re going. About 50% of people 20-29 years old only have a cell phone. Film has been replaced by digital cameras. Kodak doesn’t even make film anymore. CDs have been replaced with digital downloads. Classified newspaper ads are out as people primarily use Craigslist if they’re looking for a job or used car. Encyclopedias have been replaced by the Internet. If you need to look something up or research a paper, just hit Google. Address books are a thing of the past. Phone numbers and addresses are stored in cell phones and your computer. How about letters? No wonder the Postal Service is broke. No one sends letters anymore; it’s all e-mail because it’s faster and doesn’t cost a dime. Finally, there’s your personal life. That died with the evolution of all those devices that make it virtually impossible to avoid anyone or anything. Some people even call all this progress. We wonder what 2020 will look like.

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news of the year, County Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Rhinebeck, Clinton) announced in May that he intended to challenge Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party nomination for governor of the State of New York. Tyner would later embark on a one-man march for 140 miles, from Wall Street in New York City to Albany. In the end, though, Tyner couldn’t muster enough signatures from registered Democrats to get his name on a primary ballot.


Supervisor Sue Crane reads her speech as VFW Commander Bill Moore looks on during Memorial Day proceedings in Red Hook; CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano interviews the Hudson Valley Renegades mascots in Rhinebeck during the Clinton wedding; Juliet Lee of Maryland dominates all opponents in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier at Splash Down Beach Water Park in Fishkill in June. HV News file photos.

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June saw the arrival of Red Hook’s first Pop Warner football team. Though the Red Raiders didn’t begin practicing until August, the team started looking for players in the beginning of the summer. In Rhinebeck, drivers were pleased to learn Hogs Bridge, which had been closed to vehicular traffic for about six months while it was repaired and renovated, had finally reopened in June. The bridge takes drivers to and from Mount Rutsen Road and is used by many as a shortcut to and from the KingstonRhinecliff Bridge. In Red Hook, officials learned in June that $3.4 million in federal funding from the USDA that was to be used to build a village sewer system was no longer available. The loss of funding put the long-awaited sewer project on indefinite hiatus. Rhinebeck celebrated its girls softball team’s second straight state championship in June. The Hawks came out on top in a finalfour competition for the title in Waterloo, New York, beating Hoosick Falls 3-1 in an intense final game on June 12 to secure the title. The town celebrated with a parade, followed by a ceremony and picnic at the high school. June was a particularly rough month for members of the Hyde Park Town Board. The board started the process of enacting “Local Law D,” which would have wrested control of all commercial site development and approval from the planning board, while the planning board, which had been accused by Supervisor Tom Martino of being unfriendly to businesses, made significant headway on a proposed expansion of the Park Plaza site. Meanwhile, some members of the public began to question whether town board members had the training and time necessary to consider matters traditionally handled by the planning board. The town board also took considerable heat over the elimination of longtime bookkeeper Joanne Lown from the town hall staff. In June, the board decided it would eliminate the position of bookkeeper and replace it with a comptroller after it was discovered a 2008 check cut by Lown and signed by then-Supervisor Pompey Delafield resulted in an overpayment of $164,000

escrow reimbursement. What had many upset, though, was the fact this was done while Lown was out of state tending to her cancer-stricken father. The move prompted Councilwoman Sue Serino to dub her fellow board members “a bunch of gutless wonders.” Also in June, recently hired Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Broe submitted his letter of resignation to the town board, citing restrictions placed on him and other retired municipal employees as well as the full-time demands of the part-time job. Days later, though, Broe reached an agreement with the board and remains at his post to this day. In other news, Juliet Lee, a 105-pound beautician from Maryland, dominated her rotund competition in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier at Splash Down Beach Water Park in Fishkill on June 26. Also, a small item in Editor Jim Langan’s June 30 “In Case You Missed It” column caught a few people’s attention. It said: “We continue to hear rumors of a Chelsea Clinton wedding in our area. The date that keeps popping up is July 18 with a number of local hotels and inns quietly being booked.”


The controversy surrounding the Hyde Park Town Board and its proposed “Local Law D” continued into July, with Supervisor Tom Martino and Councilman Mike Taylor sending postcards to town residents promoting the proposal. A few days later, though, the board announced it was no longer interested in taking site review authority from the planning board and effectively tabled the proposed law indefinitely. For the most part, though, July was all about the Clintons. What started as a few sentences in a weekly column quickly morphed into a national and international media frenzy, with Hudson Valley News becoming the go-to source for all information regarding the wedding. Hudson Valley News staffers could be seen on TV practically every day during the month of July as major media outlets came looking to us for the latest on “Rhinebeck’s royal wedding.” In the weeks leading up to the big day, it was learned the wedding would take place on July 31 at Astor Courts (not July 18 at the Sosnoff estate as originally speculated). Reporters, cameramen and photographers from around the globe flocked to Rhinebeck. A pair of European journalists was arrested for trespassing at Astor Courts before the wedding, and a Hudson Valley News reporter had a run-in with state police after the Secret Service spotted him with a Japanese TV news crew trying to get an upclose view of Astor Courts. The whole town seemed to get into the > continued on next page

Joe Steinfeld of Beacon and his English bulldog, Calvin, were one of many man-dog duos to attend the Dutchess County SPCA’s Paws in the Park Petwalk in October. < continued from previous page

act, with local businesses hanging signs welcoming Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky to town and offering weddingrelated sales and specials. While some residents worried about the impact on traffic and other logistic concerns, most seemed to agree the big event would be good for the community. By the time the big wedding weekend finally arrived, Rhinebeck started to resemble Hollywood, as TV crews could be seen at every street corner trying to get a glimpse of celebrities and the latest scoop on the nuptials. On July 30, former President Bill Clinton gave the media what it was looking for when he strolled a block and a half up Montgomery Street to Gigi Trattoria for lunch, creating a small frenzy on the normally quiet road. Later that night, Bill and Hillary Clinton waved to cheering onlookers as they entered the Beekman Arms for a pre-wedding reception. In the end, the guest list was not as star studded as many predicted, though actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Democratic Party heavyweights Madeleine Albright, Terry McAuliffe and Vernon Jordan, and journalist Diane Sawyer were spotted in town over the weekend. The end of the month also brought tragedy when Hyde Park resident Linda Riccardulli, a longtime victim of domestic violence was murdered by her husband while the couple’s 17-year-old daughter was in the home. Her husband, Anthony Riccardulli, who had been recently released from jail on $25,000 bail for a domestic violence charge, then turned the gun on himself.


Tractor Supply Company, an agricultural

supply retailer that had been looking to open a location in Rhinebeck, made news in August when an economic impact study on the proposed store was prepared by a group of business owners opposed to the store. The local business owners argued a national retailer like Tractor Supply would put smaller, local businesses at a disadvantage. At the time, Planning Board Chairman Michael Trimble said historically, economic impacts are not considered in the planning process. A pair of Pine Plains lifeguards also made headlines in August after they rescued a mother and her 5-year-old son moments before they slipped beneath the surface of Stissing Lake. Lifeguards Lukas Sisco and Cassy Olay were lauded as local heroes. Also in August, Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison (R-Poughkeepsie) called for a systemwide review of domestic violence services available in the county. This was done in response to the Riccardulli murder-suicide in Hyde Park. The month was capped off with the Dutchess County Fair, which brought thousands of residents to Rhinebeck for the annual celebration of local agriculture. A number of big-name musical acts, including Foreigner, George Jones and Montgomery Gentry, played at the bandstand during this year’s fair.


Early in September, ferry service between the Rhinecliff landing and the Rondout District in Kingston was restored after a yearslong hiatus. It is hoped the ferry service will boost local economies in both municipalities and provide commuters with an alternative means of getting to and from the Rhinecliff

train station. In Hyde Park, local resident Darlene Deary was appointed comptroller and Supervisor Tom Martino continued his feud with Councilwoman Sue Serino in the month of September. Politics and the upcoming November election were what dominated the majority of headlines in September, though, as candidates in state and congressional races set up their campaign offices and addressed local residents. One candidate who hit the campaign trail hard was Chris Gibson, who challenged U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy for his seat in Congress. “This administration has created a hostile business environment and Scott Murphy votes with Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time,” Gibson was quoted as saying in September. Didi Barrett’s campaign also seemed to pick up steam in September with the opening of her campaign office. Barrett asserted her opponent, incumbent state Sen. Stephen Saland, was a career politician who had little to show for his time in Albany. “I’m not looking to make politics a career. I just want to do the job for the people,” she said at the time. At the opening of his campaign office, though, Saland countered by saying electing another Democrat to the Senate would further empower the leadership that caused the state to fall into political and economic chaos. “What we’ve endured has been two years of a nightmare,” he said in September. Also in September, Justin Tadiello, a 22-year-old drug addict, allegedly left the Daytop drug rehabilitation center in Rhinebeck, where he was a resident, and broke into the home of Rhonda and Pete Hammond while the family slept. The Hammonds said Tadiello stole items from the house, as well as their car. He was arrested days later in the Albany area.


The month got off to a fun start as the Walkway Over the Hudson celebrated its one-year anniversary with an event atop the pedestrian bridge on Oct. 2. In the world of politics, incumbent Assemblyman Joel Miller and his challenger, Democrat Alyssa Kogon, really started to go at it in October, with Kogon alleging Miller’s office was wasteful with taxpayer money and Miller calling Kogon “a political hack.” Hyde Park released its preliminary town budget for 2011 in October. Initially, the town said the preliminary budget represented a 17.11% spending increase, though a closer look revealed the actual increase to be 27.65%. After altering the spending plan over the course of a few weeks, the increase was reduced to less than 1%. > more on page 26




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It what will become an annual award, we are announcing our 2010 Salesperson of the Year. The award is given in grateful recognition to that person who has done the most for our circulation and visibility in a given year. While there is no question our scoop about the Rhinebeck wedding of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton in July really put us on the journalistic map, we cannot in good conscience give her the coveted award. Because while the whitehot lights of the national and international media were on the Hudson Valley News for three wild weeks in July, it’s the tortoise who wins the race, albeit an angry tortoise. We felt it necessary to honor a man who sells newspapers 12 months a year, a man who can flawlessly transform a civilized discussion or public meeting into a headline-grabbing embarrassment that has folks from all over clamoring to read more. With those criteria in mind, the envelope goes to Hyde Park Supervisor “Tantrum” Tom Martino. What makes “Tantrum” Tom’s accomplishment so significant is the fact nobody ever heard of him until he somehow got elected. Normally, it takes politicians years to accumulate the kind of negative baggage Martino has put together in less than a year. But it was the number of people who stopped me in Rhinebeck during the Chelsea frenzy that made Martino a lock for this prestigious award. One person after another said, “I don’t even live in Hyde Park but I buy your paper just to see what Martino’s going to do next.” All of us here want to thank Martino and we would love to do so personally but for some reason, he doesn’t return our phone calls.

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OPINION However, I did send a few secret requests to Santa for some gifts of my own this year, but they were not under my tree come Christmas morning. Imagine OPINION my disappointment.


Making a list, checking it twice My Christmas list this year was pretty short, due to the economy and the need to divert financial resources to my 3-yearold daughter so her Christmas was not disappointing. We bought her (or, I should say, “Santa brought her”) a plush elephant to sleep with, a few Richard Scarry books and some assorted winter clothes we knew she would get a kick out of.

1. COURAGE FOR OBAMA It had been my hope that Santa would bring President Obama some backbone this Christmas. The man who promised us during his campaign that he would allow the Bushera tax cuts for the very rich to expire has now flip-flopped like John Kerry on a New Hampshire Primary day. Far from opposing the extension of these tax benefits for millionaires, Obama is now espousing the plan, and getting former President Clinton to stump for him at the White House Press Room. It seems to me on almost every promise Obama made during his campaign, we have seen him tuck-tail and bend to the


My decision today may be an affront to some but a joy to others. – Gov. David Paterson announcing the commutation of convicted murderer John White THE THUG-O-METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.




Martino managed to get through the opening of police/court bids without acknowledging the generosity of John and Gloria Golden, who were in attendance. Nor did he have the class to thank those present, including Pompey Delafield, who made the whole thing happen. Not acknowledging them doesn’t mean you get to take credit for anything. {6} december 29, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

Some Republicans find the idea of same-sex marriage offensive. I can promise you most progressives feel the same way about the ridiculous and ill-informed pontifications of Rush and Glenn. If, as seems to be the case in the postWar on Terror world, Americans have to 2. SARAH PALIN SHOULD give up some individual liberties in order BE THE FIRST WOMAN … to be safer, I say we would all be a lot safer TO MARS without Rush and Glenn stirring up the ire Imagine a planet-wide reprieve from the snarky little comments, camera-ready of a mass of the electorate. winks and half-cocked smiles. 4. AN INCREASE IN THE Not that I wish her any ill will, but INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT wouldn’t it be phenomenal if we could be OF TEA PARTYERS rid of Sarah Palin for a while? I’m not saying Tea Partyers are stupid, Why the news media continues to give this lunatic any airtime is beyond me. And I am just gravely concerned about anyone now she has her own reality show! First who runs for high-level elected office and of all, I cannot imagine Sarah Palin has does not know the separation of church and anything interesting to say on the subject of state is one of the founding principles of reality, and second, I wince at the thought our great country. Several Tea Party candidates in last of having to subject anyone to the ranting of this poster child for the Tea Party. I’d year’s election were found dumbstruck on national TV when journalists told them rather eat lead paint. A short, two-year excursion to the Red legislating religion into law is forbidden by Planet would give us all the time we need our Constitution in the Bill of Rights. How magical would it be if these to breathe some Palin-free air. spokespeople for the radical right were slightly better informed about the laws of 3. A CONSTITUTIONAL our nation? However, if they were more AMENDMENT … BANNING RUSH LIMBAUGH AND GLENN intelligent, they might actually be dangerous!

will of fanatical Republicans. From closing Guantanamo Bay to building a new energy economy, Obama has folded. Courage, my man, we elected you for a reason!


With Republicans still pushing for a Constitutional amendment banning homosexuals from marrying each other, I thought it’s high time we had an amendment of our own that restricts the freedoms and liberties of some of our citizens, specifically, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

I realize that with this Christmas wish list, I was perhaps reaching a little too far into the realm of impossibility. But, Christmas is all about miracles, isn’t it? Jonathan Smith can be reached at

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It’s that time of year again, when I get to make predictions no one will remember, even if they come true. Let’s go with the big one first. • As the folks who broke the Chelsea Clinton wedding story, here’s the scoop on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Sure, Buckingham Palace has said the wedding will take place in April at Westminster Abbey, but we know that’s just a ruse. The future King and his Kate will be married in a small, private ceremony at St. James Church in Hyde Park. Think about it. William’s grandparents, King George and Queen Mother Elizabeth, visited FDR in Hyde Park in 1939 and attended services at St. James. We hear the Queen Mother prattled on and on about Hyde Park when William was a boy, and he plans on honoring the old bird by marrying here in June. The royal party will stay at the Vanderbilt Motel. • County Legislator Joel Tyner will lead a group of environmental activists across the frozen Hudson River on the Fourth of July to draw attention to the menace of global warming and climate change. Joel will distribute Elmer Fudd hats and earmuffs to all participants. • Millbrook will issue an ordinance making residency available only to showbusiness celebrities. Proof of a hit song, a sitcom or movie credit will be needed before any real estate can change hands. Photos of the applicant with Mary Tyler Moore or Hall and Oates will not be accepted as proof of celebrity. • Jets coach Rex Ryan and his wife will both get huge shoe contracts in 2011 and become spokespeople for Gold Bond foot powder. Nike will introduce the Ryan cross-trainer called “The Tingler.” • In Hyde Park, Chan Murphy, Billy Conn, Dick Anderson, Bob Clearwater, Admiral Jim Monks and Michael Athanas

OPINION will compete in the “World’s Angriest Old Man” competition, with the victor receiving a lifetime subscription to Hudson Valley News, ensuring the winner stays angry. The competition will take place in the computer room of the Hyde Park Library. • An increasingly irrelevant Barack Obama will turn the presidency over to Joe Biden and enter the PGA Qualifying School in an attempt to get his tour card. Obama will shrug and say, “Hey, nobody’s listening to me anyway and I’m on the golf course twice a week as it is.” • As the filing deadline for the 2011 municipal election nears, Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino will declare martial law and instruct police to incarcerate all Democrats, Independents and Republicans deemed too friendly with Sue Serino or Jean McArthur. Hudson Valley News will be declared subversive contraband and anyone seen reading it will be sentenced to a political rehabilitation harangue from Baby Huey. • Rhinebeck Supervisor Tom Traudt will announce he has declared Rhinebeck a sanctuary city for dispossessed or threatened Hyde Park residents. “A Democratic registration card or proof of a subscription to Hudson Valley News will give you safe haven in Rhinebeck until this thing is over.” • The Boston Red Sox will win the AL East and the World Series going away as the Yankees continue to familiarize themselves with all that AARP paperwork. Joe Girardi is fired after the All-Star break and replaced by Joe Torre and an urn containing George Steinbrenner’s ashes. • Oprah Winfrey’s last guest on her syndicated show is a forklift driver from Dubuque, Iowa. He has been chosen because he has agreed not to interrupt Oprah and her special friend Gayle during the program and is capable of driving the by-then 400-pound Oprah to her palace in California in his forklift. • The stock market tanks in late January as more people figure out the Great Recession has become the Great Depression and a few states go belly up. I really hope I’m wrong about that one. • Here’s one I am sure about. We will continue bringing you the best in local news, sports and entertainment with a little attitude thrown in to keep you amused. Let’s hope 2011 is a great one and we thank you for your support.




it? On the other hand, the ancient tradition of New Year’s resolutions is all about self-improvement – making yourself a better person. Some years, I make a resolution focusing on how I interact with others. I resolve to be more understanding, to give more to those in need, to smile more – that sort of thing. But other years, I resolve to do something to make me a healthier person, inside and out. Learn a game or an instrument, meditate more, spend more time in prayer. This year, it was knee bends, and as I said, I’ve been pretty faithful doing them (usually when I brush my teeth at night, which makes for a peculiar picture, I’m sure. We don’t need to explore that any further). The point is, when you make a resolution, you are asking yourself what you can do to improve, what is in your power to do better. And you are acknowledging that you do have power. Sometimes we forget that. We forget that although we can’t change other people, we can change ourselves. When we don’t like what they say or do, we can speak up or walk away. Or, if what they say is constructive and meant well – take it seriously and maybe even learn something. We forget that although we can’t change the weather or the cosmos or God, we can adapt ourselves to our surroundings better. In fact, we can live in harmony with them rather than rail against them. The power of a New Year’s resolution is that we remind ourselves what we can do, even in a world that so often tells us what we cannot do. So, I will be making another resolution this year – regardless of whether I keep it. Maybe I’ll resolve to make the editor of this newspaper happy and start making my deadlines more often! Happy New Year!

Seems like we just plowed through Christmas – OK, I plowed through Christmas, what with all the extra services, the chaos of getting people organized and all that stuff. By the way, I hope your Christmas was joyful and filled with surprises of the soul – the kind that make you suddenly look up and say, “I get it! All that ‘God loves you’ talk makes sense now!” Anyway, seems like we just got through Christmas and – WHAM! – we’re face to face with the new year. And you know what that means – resolutions. 2011 promises to be both a delightful and a stressful year for us at St. Jamesʼ because we are embarking on our yearlong celebration of our bicentennial. You can drive by and see that our sign now reads “Celebrating 200 Years.” There is so much going on this year that I haven’t even given my resolutions a thought. But I am happy to report that I have kept my resolution for 2010! At least pretty much. My resolution for 2010 was very simple and relatively easy to keep. I resolved to do at least 20 deep knee bends (or squats, depending on where you’re from), each day that I didn’t go to the gym or do some other hard exercise. The point was to make sure I did at least some exercise every single day. I chose knee bends because they work the legs, and keeping your legs strong is probably one of the most important things The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. you can do as you age. Strong legs will go James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You a long way toward keeping the rest of you can leave a comment for him at rector@ fit well into old age. That seems a bit self-serving, doesn’t

Express Yourself. The Hudson Valley News isn’t interested in a one-way dialogue, nor do we think we’ve cornered the market on opinion and good ideas. That’s where we hope you come in. If you have a reaction to one of our stories or one of our columnists, let us know. Your opinion counts with us. Don’t confine your pontificating to the dinner table or the water cooler, share your thoughts with the rest of us. It’s easy. Write us at Hudson valley news | | december 29, 2010 {7}

BY JIM LANGAN • It was a tough Christmas for Zsa Zsa Gabor’s looney husband, Prince Frederick Von Anhalt. The prince apparently mistook his wife’s eyelash glue for a bottle of eye wash and glued his eyelid shut. He had to have it surgically opened. The bad news is Zsa Zsa was still there when he opened his eyes.

Contractors and other interested parties waiting for bids to be opened. Photo by Jim Langan.


Slumping economy elicits 25 aggressive proposals BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park Town Hall was brimming with contractors, plumbers and electricians last week as bids were officially opened for a new police/court facility approved by voters in the 2009 election. The referendum authorizes the town to spend up to $2.8 million to replace the current dilapidated police station and provide a more suitable location for the town’s court system. Presently, town justices and their staffs are housed in cramped quarters and court proceedings take place in town hall, with prisoners in close proximity to citizens doing business with the town. Town Clerk Donna McGrogan opened the bids and read them aloud to the audience during a nearly two-hour meeting. Separate bids were received for construction of the 9,700-square-foot building, heating and air conditioning, electrical work and plumbing. The majority of the bids focused on the actual construction of the facility and ranged from two low bids submitted by Kreamer Building Corp. and Transitional Builders at $1,596,000 and $1,597,000 respectively. Another aggressive bid was made by Meyer Contracting of Pleasant Valley at $1,623,000. The high bid received was from Peter A. Camilli & Sons at $2,046,000. The other components’ bids were all fairly similar and, combined with the aggressive construction bids, all but guarantee the facility can be brought

in well below the allotted $2.8 million approved by voters. The lowest electrical bids were $213,000 and $218,300, with HVAC in the $350,000 range and plumbing bids in the mid-$300,000 range. The combination of a stagnant economy and record-low interest rates makes building this facility at this time logical and attractive. Looking on with interest as the bids were opened were Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Broe and Sgt. Robert Benson, as well as many of the members of the various citizens’ committees responsible for planning the facility and getting the referendum passed. They included Bob Kampf, Bill Irwin, Caroline Carey, Jim Langan, DeWitt Sagendorph and Duane Pierson. Also in attendance was John and Gloria Golden, who have generously agreed to donate the land for the new facility and who have worked hard to bring this project to fruition. The town board must next select from the various bids but it is assumed it will go with the lowest bidders after doing mandated due diligence. The next part of the process will include bonding the project and the town reaching out to John Golden to officially take title on the property. If all goes according to plan, construction should begin in the spring and could be completed by next fall.

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• A German man, Helmut Siefer, also had a tough holiday. Apparently, Helmut, a randy 57-year-old, took a shine to a coworker’s 17-year-old daughter and began dating her. Dad was not amused and enlisted the help of two friends and confronted Helmut at his home. The three ordered Siefer to drop his pants and proceeded to castrate him before putting his testicles in a Ziploc bag and leaving the man to bleed to death. The good news is someone found him and he lived. Maybe someone a tad more age appropriate the next time, Helmut. Oh, I’m sorry; there won’t be a next time. • There’s late word out of Los Angeles that 84-year-old Hugh Hefner is engaged to Playmate and soul mate Crystal Harris. I would normally do a little biographical research on the big announcement, but I’m just going to assume she’s blond with plastic breasts and about 70 years younger than Hefner. I’m sure she loves him very much. • As always, it’s good to see the Teachers’ Union protecting the interests of its own, even if that interest involved fondling a sixth-grade girl while slipping her the tongue. Roland Pierre, now 75, did just that 13 years ago and has been cooling his heels in a so-called rubber room because the Department of Education can’t fire him. He’s still pocketing his $97,101 salary, plus health care, vacation and pension. He’s also entitled to Social Security. And people wonder why our school taxes are off the chart. • Nice to see outgoing Gov. David Paterson commuted the sentence of John White for shooting an unarmed 17-year-old at point-blank range in 2007 in what became a racially tinged case. White is AfricanAmerican and the boy was white. Imagine the uproar if a white governor commuted the sentence of a white man convicted of killing an unarmed black teenager. White celebrated Christmas with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem. • With the passage of the bill repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Harvard University will lift its decades-long ban on ROTC and

military recruiting on campus. Somehow, I don’t see a lot of Ivy League types lining up for sacrifice, danger and commitment … maybe a triathlon, but not the Army. • If you want to hear some great blues this New Year’s Eve, head on down to the Town Crier in Pawling and catch the Chris O’Leary Band. They’re fantastic and just signed a big record deal. • Unfortunately, I didn’t miss the new movie “How Do You Know,” starring Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon. It could have been the most insipid, boring movie of all time. What a monstrous waste of screen talent. Then again, I haven’t seen the “Little Fockers” nauseating sequel with a garbage bag of over-the-hill actors like Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner and of course, the shameless Robert DeNiro and aforementioned Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. You would have to lash me to a chair! Go see “The Fighter” or “Social Network” again. • Very happy to report my friend, Bob Kampf, has graciously agreed to join the Hudson Valley News team and will be taking over sports for us. Bob is a longtime educator and political fixture in Hyde Park but is known to many Hyde Park Townsman readers as a great sportswriter and advocate for local teams and athletes. We’ll be giving you Bob’s contact information very soon and can’t wait for him to start.


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This summer, we reported that Hudson Valley Community Dances competed for and won a Pepsi Refresh grant to build community through dance. The organization won the $25,000 grant through widespread community support, via voting, to bring swing dance lessons (and the chance to show off newly learned skills) to the students of Arlington High School and Poughkeepsie High School. A total of 102 students were involved in the 12 swing dance classes; Oakwood Friends School sent students to participate in classes held at Poughkeepsie High School. After a fall semester of lessons, 12 students got to show off their new skills at a performance on Dec. 17 at the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club. The Gordon Webster Quartet performed as a crowd of more than 150 watched. Photos by B. Docktor.

{editor’s pick} Students of Mira Fink Jan 3-29, Opening Reception Saturday, Jan. 8, 5-8 p.m. Watercolors, Duck Pond Gallery. Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs, 10-5:30; Wed 10-8; Fri 10-7; Sat 10-4; Sun, 12-4 (at Esopus Library) 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845-338-5580.


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.

Wednesday, Dec. 29 NIGHTLIFE

Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.

Thursday, Dec. 30 NIGHTLIFE

e’lissa Jones 8:30-11:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter. 12 Grapes

Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

Friday, Dec. 31


Saturday, Jan. 1 ART

“Art On The Wall” 5-8 p.m. Featuring: “Covers,” non-sequential art work by Nico Bovoso with and book launch/ reading from “Sounding the Margins; Collected writings, 1992-2009” by Pauline Oliveros. Deep Listening Space at the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St. (Ste. 303), Kingston. 845-338-5984.

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concert at noon. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.

Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classic rock. $5 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.


Aztec Two-Step 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, advance; $35, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.

New Riders of the Purple Sage 7:30 p.m. With special guests, Professor Louis & the Cromatix. $30, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-6794406.

Sunday, Jan. 2 MUSIC

An Evening of Classic Jazz Standards 5-8 p.m. With Anita Rose Merando and Shelly Gartner. The Music Room at Whistling Willie’s, 184 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-265-2012. The Shoe String Band Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic, country. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Undercliff/ Overcliff 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is an easy, 5-mile hike. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, nonmembers. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.


NIGHTLIFE Elza 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, advance; $20, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables - Storm King Mountain Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. This is a strenuous, 8-mile snowshoe (hike if no snow), led by Gary Curasi (845-534-2886). Call hike leader for meeting place, time and fee. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

Monday, Jan. 3


Weekend reader Diane Landro snapped some snowy photos after this weekend’s blizzard around Lake Walton in Hopewell Junction.


Bill Evans Residency: Concert 8 p.m. Include two modern dance world premiers choreographed by Evans and Don Halquist, set on Marguerite and Andrés San Millán of Cocoon Theatre Modern Dance Company. Also featured will be modern repertoire and new solos and duets by Mr. Evans, along with a new dance choreographed and performed by Cocoon. The evening includes a tap piece by Evans. Call to reserve tickets. Cost: $25. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-6470.

Tuesday, Jan. 4 NIGHTLIFE

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

Wednesday, Jan. 5 MUSIC

Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Featuring Golden Age Singers. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” Hudson valley news | | december 29, 2010 {11}


The library at Mills Mansion. Photo by Rolf Müller/Courtesy

A year of crafting together, happy anniversary to us BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON The week before Christmas was the first anniversary of this column. We’ve spent a whole year together. Of course, I was too lazy to acknowledge it at the time; hence, this anniversary column appears one week later. Thinking about anniversaries often makes me think of the “traditional” anniversary gifts that are suggested. (Does anyone know and follow these suggestions?) For each year of marriage, there is a suggested gift. There are also traditional and modern versions of this list (and the truly modern list that has diamonds for every year). Why not have a craft for each anniversary? It’s important to continue learning new things, so why not dedicate a craft to each year? I’ve taken the list of traditional (and modern) anniversary gifts and devised a craft for each year dependent upon the textile of each year. Since Christmas was the time for working on this list, my family chimed in. My brother-in-law (a retired teacher from the Poughkeepsie school system, whose name you’d probably recognize) suggested a food to go with each year, but the extra column wouldn’t fit.


holiday. celebrate.

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

Through Dec. 30 Winter Welcome Week at Washington’s Headquarters The Hudson River was frozen over, the winds were howling like hungry wolves, and snow was piling up in thigh-high drifts while the business of war never stopped. Actors, portraying soldiers, will be keeping warm while telling about their daily lives in the military. Tours of the Hasbrouck House will be conducted by costumed historic interpreters, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $4, adults; $3, seniors and students; children 12 and under are free. Washington’s Headquarters, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195.

Through Dec. 31 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

1 West Market St., Hyde Park, NY 12538 (845) 229-1957 •

trees are decorated in seasonal splendor. Tour the mansion, with guides available to share information on the showcased museum collections and decorations. Through Friday, through Dec. 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. Through December: open daily, noon-5 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. 845-889-8851. 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. Vanderbilt Mansion, 4097 Albany Post Rd., (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-9115.

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Origami scrapbooking



Cotton and Calico

Sewing; quilting




Leather tooling; saddle-making; “fruit leather”


Fruit and Flowers

Linen, Silk, Nylon

Making potpourri; dried flower arrangement; orange and clove pomanders








Candy making; make a candy necklace or a gingerbread cottage from your homemade candy


Copper and Wool


Hammered copper; wool for knitting and crocheting; carding and spinning wool into yarn




Statuary; homemade cosmetics (including bronzer)




Pottery; ceramics; mosaic




Tin punching; tin solder




Needles for embroidery and sewing; sculpting; steel jewelry




Silk embroidery, silk flowers; weaving on small looms




Lace making; tatting








Crystal etching; stringing chandelier crystals to make Christmas decorations




Hand painted bone china




Jewelry making; werewolf hunting; casting silver bullets; handmade electronics; silver soldering




Button making from mother of pearl; (jewelry making)



Coral and Jade

Carved coral statues; (jewelry making)




Ruby encrusted sandpaper and garnet paper; (jewelry making)




Sapphire laser; rock collecting; (jewelry making)




Goldsmithing; electronics




Use for eyes in jeweled bees and bugs; (jewelry making)




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Tradition is nice, but why not adapt it to your uses, especially if you keep the spirit? And, in the spirit of a first anniversary ... thank you, dear Crafter, for a fun year.



Find activities that allow young children to celebrate the last day of 2010, and investigate a variety of events that include late night dinner, dancing, jamming and toasting at midnight. Most of the nightlight activities have dinner packages and/or opportunities to stay nearby – consider making your celebration especially safe by staying off the roads after the champagne has been toasted.

While traditional origami tends to use square paper (often 6 inches on a side), airplanes work better with rectangular paper. Of course, every school kid knows that notebook paper works just fine. And every school kid probably knows the sequence: Fold in half lengthways and crease. Open back up. Fold each top corner diagonally to the center line. Fold paper along original vertical crease and fold half of it back on each side to form the wings. Not much of a craft. By tweaking some of the details, we can make a paper airplane that flies much better. With each airplane that you make, you increase your origami skills so when you attempt a crane or an eight-pointed star, you’re all warmed up. To make a high-performance airplane, we’re going to change some of the details: Begin with vertical crease. Fold in top corners just as you would in a traditional plane. Now it takes a new course (pun intended): Fold the paper in half horizontally. Your point at the top will now come down to meet the bottom of the plane. Fold in top corners just like be before. Take the little bit of the ppoint that is showing and fold it up over the triangles you jus just made. Fold the plane in hhalf lengthwise and fold out half for the wings, just as iin a traditional plane. For extra co control and fancier flying, experiment with a smal small paper clip for balance. Or use two papers ffor a stiffer (and prettier) body.


Friday, Dec.31 EVENT New Year’s Eve: Millbrook 4-8 p.m. The Rotary Club of Millbrook sponsors a family evening of folk songs, classical music and jazz, plus circus acts, marionettes and magic. $5, suggested donation. Village of Millbrook, Upper Franklin Ave., Millbrook. For more information, contact Joyce Heaton at 845-677-8167.

FAMILY Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve at Noon Celebration 11 a.m. Let children “pop” in the New Year at noon. Families can enjoy music, arts and crafts and snacks including an edible New Year’s hat and punch. Cost:$15. Snow date: Saturday, Jan. 1. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589. Uncle Rock and Playthings

Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton- 6-9 p.m. $10, adults; $5, children. Bearsville Johnson is both an associate Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-6794406. professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting NIGHTLIFE DJ Dance Party culture. Have a question? E-mail her at 9 p.m.. Different packages available. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845876-0590. DJ’s Majic Juan and Valen 9 p.m. $20, adults. Different packages available. Call The Bear Café at 845-679-5555 for reservations. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Dr Mudd 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic and modern rock. Mahoney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 35 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7026.


Lipbone Redding and The Lipbone Orchestra 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $50. The Chris O’Leary Band also performs. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. MidNite Image Band 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classic rock. $15 cover; buffet packages available. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. Miss Angie’s Karaoke 9 p.m. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. New York Uproar 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Souls; blues. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624. The Outpatients 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Blues, punk. Virgo’s Sip N Soul Café, 469 Fishkill Ave., Beacon. 845-831-1543. Tony Pastrana and Band 8 p.m.-midnight. Singer-songwriter. BeanRunner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-7371701. Uncle Funk 11 p.m. Classic rock. New World Home Cooking, 1411 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-0900. Will Smith Trio 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Jazz, blues. Gigi’s Trattoria, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-1007.

Wishing g you y a Warm and Fuzzy Holiday Season


The public has until Jan. 7 to nominate a deserving woman to receive the ninth Martha Washington Woman of History Award, sponsored by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. The designation recognizes a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. Appropriately, the award emanates from where Martha Washington resided with her husband, Gen. George Washington, during the last months of the Revolutionary War. The ceremony takes place in March, during Women’s History month. Nomination forms are available in the Washington’s Headquarters page of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission website, www. For further information contact 845-562-1195.

The Harvest Band 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dance and classic rock. Different packages available. Café Internationale at The Ramada Inn, 1289 Rte. 300, Newburgh. 845-5679429.

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Clockwise from top left: Didi Barrett (center) helps launch the Dutchess Girls Collaborative; The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne; Trisha Brown Dance Company performs at Bard’s Summerscape; Newly opened Community Music Space in Red Hook; Blues Traveler headlined this year’s Hudson Valley Green Festival. File photos. {14} december 29, 2010 | | Hudson valley news


The Hudson Valley is full of great musicians, but this year, some national acts were brought right to us. In April, ViCE (Vassar College Entertainment) brought The Flaming Lips to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Later in the year, Blues Traveler and more came to town for the first Hudson Valley Green Festival, held at Mills Mansion in September. The high-profile acts were great, but we also liked more regional folks like John Brown’s Body.


Benjamin Krevolin does a great deal of up-front and behind-thescenes work on the behalf of the arts through his role as president of the Dutchess County Arts Council. He’s ready to write a column for this paper, support local arts initiatives and drum up local support to rally for arts budget-cut restoration at the county and state level. All while looking natty in his iconic bow-tie. Given that arts councils at the local and state level are suffering (and several have closed down completely), we appreciate his work on behalf of Dutchess County.


June, July and August might bring the hotter weather, but it also brings the best theater, thanks to Bard SummerScape, Powerhouse at Vassar College and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel in Garrison. Audiences are sure to see the finest actors and an exciting mix of solid theater and innovative risk taking at each of these festivals.


Pictured, from top: Mark Linn-Baker performs at the Powerhouse Kick-off party; Patrick Halley in front of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival tent at Boscobel; Nestor Madelangoitia supervises the mural construction in Poughkeepsie. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) began several projects immediately in January that focused on sending emergency relief to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Andrew and Lila Meade, founders and directors of VHP, reached out immediately to their Haitian contacts – galleries and gift shops based mostly in the area around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince – and the residents of the village of Chermaitre, which, for the past nine years, has been a primary beneficiary of previous VHP’s initiatives and relief efforts.

Pete Seeger celebrated a milestone birthday last year (90 years young), and if anyone thought his 91st year would see him slowing down, they were sorely mistaken. Not only was Seeger busy making music and

filming interviews for documentaries, his organization, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., was also busy being honored at the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards through the Dutchess County Arts Council.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the Dutchess Girls Collaborative officially launched during a ceremony at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the FDR Library and Museum. Didi Barrett spoke about the “rich, long, shared journey” of the founding members of the Collaborative, which includes AAUW (American Association of University Women), Battered Women Services of Family Services; D.I.V.A.S. of Sister 2 Sister, Inc., Eleanor Roosevelt Center’s Girls’ Leadership Workshop; Planned Parenthood: Mid-Hudson Valley; the Mill Street Loft and Barrett herself. Carol Wolf, executive director of the Mill Street Loft, said the organizers of the collaborative “recognized a need” and sought to “widen our reach … without duplicating services.”


It’s been a year of growth for Poughkeepsie’s arts and culture scene – Middle Main Poughkeepsie presented its inaugural “OpenHouse Poughkeepsie” community arts festival from July 16 through July 30. The Middle Main neighborhood along Main Street in Poughkeepsie (between Academy Street and Pershing Avenue) was full of visual art displays and live performances of music and dance. In October, a new restaurant with some artful buzz, Bull and Buddha, opened in a newly restored building in the heart of the revitalized Main Street. The Walkway Over the Hudson continued to attract visitors (and was gifted with lights to afford walkers a nightlife view). And a new music store with a very unique vibe has just opened on Main: Locally owned, Darkside Records and Gallery carries both new and used CDs and vinyl, and offer disc repair service for virtually any type of disc. A truly cool new addition. > continued on next page Hudson valley news | | december 29, 2010 {15}

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Pictured, clockwise from top: Kingston resident Vincent D’Onofrio at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival; Melissa Leo in “The Fighter;” “Five Children and It” at Cocoon Theater; Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. File photos. < continued from previous page


Chelsea Clinton’s decision to wed in Rhinebeck brought the national spotlight to Rhinebeck, but neither Oprah nor Lady Gaga had the courtesy to show up and give us a pop-tacular exclusive! But Rhinebeck continues to shine in our eyes, especially in light of two entities that rely entirely on the hard work of local artists – Sinterklaas and Cocoon Theater. Volunteers came together to preserve the beloved Sinterklaas event even in the face of continued tough economic times, making sure that once again, children could be celebrated in a magical fashion. With a similar commitment to children, Marguerite and Andres San Millan continue to produce unique, original theatrical works, a feat that takes great energy and passion.


We want to call it now, and say “Melissa Leo!” but we don’t have that kind of pull. Ulster resident Leo was marvelous in “The Fighter,” and we’ve also seen locals such as Liam Neeson in “Clash of the Titans,” Paul Rudd in “How Do You Know” and “Dinner for Schmucks” and Uma Thurman in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

The 11th Woodstock Film Festival wrapped on Oct. 3 after a fiveday schedule of more than 150 films, panels, concerts and other events. The local film contingency was well represented, including “Marwencol,”

directed by Jeff Malmberg, about Kingston resident Mark Hogancamp’s recovery from a vicious beating; and “Don’t Go In The Woods,” an off-beat horror film filmed in the backwoods of Kingston, marking the directorial debut of actor and Kingston resident Vincent D’Onofrio. {16} december 29, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

Whew. It was all lovely, but it’s a Wh relief that it’s over. Time now to get back to the routine – which in this reade reader’s case, means reading purely pl for pleasure and the fun of sharing that pleas pleasure with my readers (are you out there there?). If you’ve ever admired, owned or won wondered about a Tiffany lamp – tho colorful creations in stained those gla glass crafted by Louis Comfort Tif Tiffany – you’ll be surprised to lea that a woman, Clara Driscoll, learn in invented and designed those very la lamps. When bestselling novelist L Laura Vreeland learned of the story o Clara Driscoll and the “Tiffany of g girls” who worked with her, she “rubbed her hands together in glee” and began to write the charming novel “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” (Random House, $26). The story opens in 18 1892 when, because of a strike, Mr. Tiffany needs to hire more girls (women couldn’t join the union). Clara Driscoll, head of the Women’s Department, is used to hiring new girls, for when one marries, she loses her job. Mr. Tiffany will not allow married women to work in his studio. Clara lives in a boarding house (“women on the 2nd floor, men on the 3rd, the help on the 4th,” $50 per month, three meals a day). They read poetry after dinner. “Walt Whitman died yesterday ...” And, at work, Clara learns from her boss. “Don’t copy nature,” he tells her. “We are not botanists. We are artists. Suggest nature but stylize it.” She’s a good student, realizing that “creativity happens when you look at one thing and see another – like Mr. Tiffany seeing a lamp in a nautilus shell.” President McKinley is shot; Clara hires Hawthorne’s granddaughter. Clara takes her first subway ride (5 cents). This lovely novel teems with history, art, the Gilded Age of New York City, but at heart it’s the story of one woman’s struggle for happiness, success and beauty. (She died in 1944). Read it, if you can, by the light of a stained glass lamp. Last year, I read, admired and reviewed in these pages Allen Shawn’s memoir “Wish I Could Be There,” in which he told the story of growing up in the household of legendary New Yorker editor > continued on next page

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William Shawn, and the story of his own phobias, p namely debilitating agoraph agoraphobia. Now, in an even more compel compelling and revealing memoir, Shawn tells the story of his mentally impair twin sister, Mary – taken impaired from home to live in an institution at the age of 8 – and the effect her *The easiest and most economical way to get h had upon him in “Twin – A loss has your copy of the Hudson Valley News Mem Memoir” (Viking, $25.95). is by subscribing and have it arrive in your “W “We were born five minutes mailbox every week. If you live in Dutchess apar apart,” he begins, “60 years ago.” County, all you need to do is send us a check for Whe his older brother, the writer When $42.00 to Hudson Valley News. P.O. and actor Wallace Shawn, went Box 268, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Out of county awa to school, Allen became “an away subscriptions are $56.00. To subscribe by credit card, call 845-233-4651. on child,” miserable at Friends only Ac Academy, which he describes as “a negative subculture of sl slouching misfits.” Mary was moved to a p permanent “place” in Delaware; t the family visited her rarely. A Allen, even at college and with the solace of his music, was depressed: “I carried Mary around with me.” At home, “a ring of secrets and tab taboos created hidden land mines in our family’s conversational terrain.” The family, he tells, “had made a near religion of denial.” Music – composing, teaching, the theatre – was his one comfort. He married, had children, teaches music at Bennington, and visits his sister as often as he can but above and over all, “being a twin was the most basic fact of my life.” “Twin” – beautifully written, deeply personal – is a journey into the world of autism and a fascinating look into the interior world of a twin and how his life, and his sister’s, “unfolded on parallel tracks.” Arthur has giant emerald green I cannot recommend this highly enough. While waiting for the new year’s Teetering Pile to rise, as it wont in early January, eyes. He and his siblings just love to I went back and reread a novel I had loved many years ago – Louis Auchincloss’s tumble around. In quieter moments “The Rector of Justin” (Modern Library, $21.95). Having recently learned, from the the kittens snuggle and groom each author’s final book, “A Voice from Old New York – A Memoir of My Youth” (reviewed other. Don’t tell the others but in these pages a few weeks ago) that the rector in the early novel was based not on Arthur is our pick for most-likely to Endicott Peabody, the legendary rector of Groton, but on Learned Hand, I wanted to land on the cover of a magazine. go back and read the story – published in 1964 – again. Doing so reminded me, once again, that Auchincloss is numbered among the last century’s best writers of fiction – John Cheever, John P. Marquand, John O’Hara, call or visit if interested • 845-452-7722 • William James, Edith Wharton … you know the gang. Updike, too. Brian Aspinwall, a graduate of Justin Martyr School, goes back there to teach, under E-MAIL US: the aegis of the storied rector, Frank Prescott. When the rector decides to retire, he asks WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM his protégée to write his biography. In the course of the novel – and Brian’s musings – we meet Prescott’s daughters, one of whom described the school as “a monster that howled with the carnivorous howl of its 450 cubs.” We meet the fundraisers, the BULLETIN students, the other masters. Towering over all is the ancient rector with his religion and The Hudson Chorale – a newly-formed chorus resulting from the merger of the Westhis zeal: “There is no distinction,” he says, “between the pulpit and the classroom. I chester Concert Singers and the Choral Arts Society, two of the oldest choruses in tried to put God into every book and sport in Justin.” Westchester County – welcomes new members for the second half of its 2010-2011 Eventually, Brian realizes that the rector’s story should be told not as biography, but season. Singers in all voice parts (S, A, T, B) are invited to join Westchester’s largest mixed-voice choral group in preparing for a May 21 concert that will include Morten as a novel, “for the stories of all great men have been in some part works of fiction.” Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,” Ralph Vaughn Willams’ “The Lark Ascending” and ArAs is this one. I won’t be surprised if I read it for the third time someday. thur Bliss’s “Pastoral.” Rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, And now – the beginning of a whole new year’s worth of books. What could be Jan. 31 and will take place on Monday evenings in Scarborough. “Singer-friendly” better? auditions will be held on Monday, Jan. 10. To receive additional information or to



Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at

schedule a time for an audition, contact Janet Gortsema at or call 914-769-1262. To learn more about the chorus, visit the website at www.

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‘TRUE GRITT (2 (2010)’ Weekend rating: 4 eye patches Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon Runtime: 110 min Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images.

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was definitely colored by the 1969 film version that earned John Wayne his only Oscar. But in retrospect, especially after reading that the Coens firmly rejected creating a remake of the 1969 film but rather going back to the source material, I had a quick change of heart. Thinking back to some of my favorite works of theirs (“Blood Simple,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” and “No Country For Old Men”), the Coens may well have been the perfect team to tease dramatic action out of scenes of knotty dialogue and to craft interesting characters out of figures who could have slumped into one-dimensional dullness. “True Grit” tells the story of Mattie Ross (Steinfeld), out to catch Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man responsible for killing her father. Along the way, she hires the grittiest U.S. marshal she can find, Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), with whom she tags along to see her mission completed. The alcohol-brimming Cogburn is a lessthan-optimal companion for Mattie; she should have more camaraderie with earnest Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), but Mattie’s not interested in bringing Chaney to justice for anyone else but her father. Bridges growls his way through a layered portrayal of Rooster, grafting a dry humor into the portrait of a man who has all but given into the ravages of a hard-lived life. Damon is good as the counterpoint, presenting the other end of the law enforcement spectrum, neatly dressed and strict in nature. While Bridges doesn’t exude the sort of magnetism John Wayne did in the original film, this character felt more grounded in a rougher reality (coupled with the Coens’ typical dark humor). That reality is hauntingly captured by cinematographer Roger Deakins, a regular contributor to the Coens’ films. There was a sense of artistry paired with a sense of nostalgia for a type of film rarely seen anymore. Carter Burwell’s evocative score is also worth noting. The star of the film, however, is newcomer Steinfeld – it’s almost ridiculous to think that she’s been nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” at the Golden Globe Awards. How absurd – Steinfeld is certainly a leading actress here. “True Grit” hinges on Steinfeld’s performance: an incredible mix of courage and innocence, of resourcefulness and vulnerability. This is a rare role for a young woman, and the Coens kept Steinfeld well out of the realm of snark and well-founded in an adult conviction that feels absolutely organic after the tragedy that she’s suffered in the beginning of the movie. Steinfeld should be a shoo-in for the Golden Globes, and I have a feeling that this is the tip of her talent iceberg.


CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Several people around you seem to be letting their egos run wild, and you’re more than confused about their motivations. Step aside and let them figure out their own issues. Let them fight it out over who is contributing more than the other – you’ll win nothing by attempting to mediate things. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You’re in a precarious place right now – your emotions

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are pushing you to reject something that is very important to you and will ultimately make you happy. A major change may be in order to help you achieve balance. You need to evaluate how you’re handling an intimate relationship.


PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Sometimes your normally calm, easygoing attitude

• Believe it or not, the Show That Should Not Be Named Because Actors Are Dropping Like Flies is back on only three days after a stunt man fell nearly 30 feet (Christopher Tierney’s alive, but still in ICU with a variety of serious injuries!). “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (And Your Logical Thinking)” resumed performances last Thursday night after the company met with federal and state investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New York State Labor Department and Actors’ Equity to discuss “additional safety protocols.” Let’s hope everyone stays safe, but we’re not holding our breath. • Kevin Costner and one of the Baldwins that isn’t Alec are going head to head in court after Costner allegedly pulled a “Zuckerberg” on him over shares in Costner’s company, Ocean Therapy. Stephen Baldwin (lately a reality show repeat offender) is suing Costner over buying back shares from Baldwin while knowingly preparing to sell 32 oil-separating machines to BP in the wake of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. We look forward to Aaron Sorkin penning an award-winning movie based on the court case. • Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio has beaten out Snooki, The Situation and J-Woww – he’s the first “Jersey Shore” … star … to have a spin-off series. The show, purported to be called “Pauly’s World,” will focus on Pauly hanging out with guys. Scintillating television right there. • Diddy is reaching out to the young woman whose hair caught on fire at his livestreamed party earlier this month – he’s offering to pay for whatever is needed to repair the damage. No reports on how bad the woman’s injuries were; hopefully she’s doing fine.

can be seen by others as a target. People seem to want to take over projects that you’re perfectly able to handle, and you rightly feel like they’re using you as a rung on the ladder. Don’t shrink back – let everyone know that you’re qualified and ready for the challenge, and you will not be overlooked.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Before you speak up, be careful not to come off as overly confident, even if you know you’re right about the issues. If others perceive you as arrogant, they may be less likely to listen to you clearly. An unexpected invitation will be arriving shortly – you may want to consider if someone is stringing you along, telling you what they think you want to hear.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You may notice that people around you are on edge; it would be a good idea to keep your distance from any situation that feels off. Sometimes you just can’t seem to say anything right, and that’s less about you than about people who are overly sensitive. The best thing to do is to avoid serious subjects, and keep it to chit-chat.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Don’t let others try to force you to conform in ways that seem tailored to their needs rather than yours. You can think for yourself, and you know the best way to handle your emotions. Your uniqueness makes you difficult to pigeonhole, but you also should consider advice when it makes sense to you.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Opposing viewpoints, held by people with loud voices, are causing chaos in your world right now. Your intuition tells you to side with one person, but you can easily see the virtue of the other argument. Attempt to maintain balance, and encourage compromise.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You are used to being in control of the situation, but this week, you need to practice letting go of your need to be in charge. There are other things on your mind that you need to take care of, and it’s OK to hand a project or plan over to someone else and focus on dealing with those private issues.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Be sure that you’re not just giving and giving to others

• Santa didn’t bring Snoop Dogg a lump of coal on Christmas – he took the Dogg’s iconic ride. The yellow, 1967 Pontiac was taken into police custody on Christmas Eve! It wasn’t Snoop’s doing; a friend drove the car on a suspended license and thought it would be a good idea to just drive around without headlights.

without taking time to check yourself healthy, in all areas. Your emotions are all over the place, and it’s time to slow down your frantic pace and make a personal investment. Stand up to someone who is trying to control you, and let them know that you are capable of taking care of yourself. Your relationship with them will improve.

• In News of the Unfair: Jay Maynard, affectionately known as “Tron Guy” for donning a fantastic homemade Tron costume and appearing on Youtube to worldwide nerd cheering, has been banned from wearing his outfit of choice to his local movie theater to see the new “Tron” reboot. OK, maybe he doesn’t have the sveltest body, but what he has in love handles, he also has in heart. We’re starting a petition.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Take an unconventional approach towards a problem this

• Another 2010 loss: Teena Marie, the celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead on Sunday at her California home. Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the Grammy-nominated 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James. Among her songs were “Lovergirl,” “Portuguese Love,” “Ooo La La La,” and “I’m a Sucker for Your Love.”

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You feel like a ping-pong ball right now, being knocked

• Reader Laurie Nash reports she boarded a plane Sunday night at JFK bound for London and was seated across the aisle from Katy Perry and Russell Brand. They asked her to switch seats so they could sit together. The plane only got as far as the tarmac before returning to the gate and the flight was cancelled because of weather. Nash was left at the airport while her new friends took a limo back into the city.

work is finally paying off, and you deserve to enjoy your success. You’ve earned the right to focus on personal goals that may not impact anyone but you, and that’s okay. There will be some obstacles in your way, and you won’t be able to fully commit yourself to your own projects, but you can start making your passions close to number one.


week, especially if it’s a way that you’d never try in a million years – that’s exactly the right way to solve the situation. Try to enjoy some normally mundane household tasks – turn a boring scenario into something enjoyable, and get everyone involved. Carve out some personal time for yourself in the middle of the excitement and take a rest.

back and forth between every situation you get yourself into. Nothing feels “right,” and you’ll continue to shift around until you feel settled. You might experience some push back from those who wish you would just calm down already, but you have to be true to yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): This is a good week for you, because your hard

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Pictured, clockwise from top: Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain; Millbrook Book Festival; Rally For Sanity And/Or Fear in Washington, D.C.; Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival; Oktoberfest Poughkeepsie. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.


Home for the holidays BY ADI FRACCHIA

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• The Giants looked absolutely awful once again, getting their butts whipped by the Green Bay Packers. Only a dreamer would believe Big Blue is going anywhere. • The Jets also stunk up the joint, losing to da Bears in Chicago. Again, QB Mark Sanchez looked like the second-tier player he is. Coach Foot Fetish didn’t help with the soft-porn tape of him and the missus. I have this terrible feeling the foot-fetish thing is just the tip of a very yucky iceberg. • The Miami Heat ran the vaunted Lakers out of the Staples Center the other night, but not to worry Lakers fans. Nobody plays a meaningful game until early May. • If there was any doubt the NCAA is an ethical sham, the decision to let Aaron Pryor and four Ohio State players take part in the Sugar Bowl after being found guilty of selling jerseys and rings says it all. The NCAA suspended them for the first five games next fall but OK’d them

playing in the Sugar Bowl. Why? Because the Sugar Bowl pays $15 million and money talks. Can you say Cam Newton and Reggie Bush? Pathetic. • Who’s handling Michael Vick’s PR? The Philly QB and convicted dog abuser told an interviewer he wants to adopt a dog for his kids. How delusional is this guy? Sure, he’s having an MVP season, but can we let the dog fighting thing die down for a while? • Read Joe Namath’s high school coach in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania died at 88. I spent a memorable day with Joe Willie in the late ’60s and all he wanted to talk about after a few scotches was his dad and his old high school football coach. No matter how far you go in sports, your high school coach is the one most people remember. • The Jaybird would like to extend a very warm welcome to the inimitable Bob Kampf, who will be taking over this sports page. Bob is a legend locally and has beaten the Jaybird many times on the golf course, although that doesn’t necessarily put him in exclusive company. But Bob knows local sports and they know him. The Jaybird will still make his pithy observations but will defer to the real deal, Bob Kampf. I’m hoping this little homage might get me another stroke a side next summer!

that day. As each passenger frantically attempted to re-book, the flight timetable became a game of Russian roulette. Airlines were demanded by Heathrow to reduce their activity to a certain percent each day while officials tried to re-open Heathrow, meaning every flight could be cancelled at any moment. Flights on Sunday were cancelled, doubling the number of people trying to re-book flights to get home for the holidays. Some, like myself, received a midnight text message informing us that ours, like most other flights on Monday, was to be cancelled. Of the 14 British Airways flights scheduled to fly to JFK on Tuesday, only one left the runway. I am very sad to say some of my classmates did not make it home in time for Christmas and were alone in London, waiting to fly home after the holiday weekend. The chaos, the pressure and money aside, the situation still seems ridiculous. London is not a city that is well-equipped to handle snow. A few inches of snow in the Hudson Valley is no big deal, but in a city with no snowplows, ice machines or snow tires, it’s amazing how much havoc snow can create. It isn’t that London is an inferior city because of this, though. A storm like this in London is like a tornado ripping up Route 9. The problem wasn’t with the government, but with businesses. This became another classic example of mega-companies, such as these airline corporations, spreading their wings too far. The bottom line shouldn’t matter when stranded passengers are left alone. Shouldn’t companies have a legal responsibility to inform and provide assistance to all those they have abandoned? A good portion of Heathrow’s inhabitants drank themselves into a stupor to deal with the frustration. It would be a lie to say a pint wasn’t in order after going through that ordeal.

A half of a foot of snow stranded thousands of travelers at Heathrow airport in London on Dec. 18. I was one of them. The storm moved south from the already snow-covered hills in the northern U.K. and began falling the Friday before. Heathrow, a midway point for most cross-continental flights, collapsed under the pressure. Flights early in the morning were already cancelled and afternoon fights were shown as “delayed” on departure and arrival boards. With no one leaving via plane and more passengers coming through security, each terminal became overcrowded with luggage and civilians and the halls were littered with lounging bodies. I was on a flight at noon and thankfully, I received a call informing me my flight, and all the other flights from the airport, were cancelled. None of this information, however, was present on the screens at the airport or over the loud speaker. Two hours later, the mass of people in Terminal 4 waddled down to baggage claim with a piece of paper they picked up from a stack that was full of apologizes and a 1-800 number. No hotel bookings, no food vouchers, the queue for a taxi was over three hours long and it took over three hours to get our luggage back, even though it didn’t travel anywhere! Union workers left for home before the snow trapped them, so all passengers in Terminal 3 were thrown out into the snow without their luggage. Some terminals ran out of food and bottled water, and ATMs ran out of cash. With no one to answer questions or Adi Fracchia is a former intern with listen to frustrations, tears and screaming Hudson Valley News. She is currently a phone calls erupted. One traveler clasped freshman at Hamilton College and recently his arms around his suitcase and used it returned from a semester in London. as a battering ram, storming the locked doors in the terminal. Other travelers climbed over the gate desks to update the computers since no one was updating the screen. Those trapped in other terminals 5 West Market Street, Hyde Park 229-7407 Now serving used aluminum emergency blankets for Hand Tossed Pizza Lunch & Dinner Specials warmth while sleeping in the airport. Of the 32 freshman Hamilton College students abroad in London who were scheduled to return home after a semester in Europe, not one made it to the U.S.

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crackers and the CBA will provide fire, marshmallows and long sticks. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and there is a large turnout. Be sure to dress warm and wear boots. It’s a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) night. More than 80 people came to the last bonfire and this event continues by popular demand!


Clinton resident Dennis Rush’s children visit Santa at the West Clinton Fire Department’s holiday party. Pictured are: Harper, Daisy, Scarlet, Leo, Santa (Ray Oberly), Ginger and Oliver. Photo submitted.





The Clinton Business Association (CBA) and Town of Clinton Recreation Department are holding a Christmas Tree Bonfire Party on Saturday, Jan. 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park on Clinton Hollow Road (County Route 18, about one mile north of Salt Point). The CBA will pick up your discarded, ornament-free evergreen trees. Sorry, it can’t take wreaths. Call 845-876-2532 or e-mail by Wednesday, Jan. 14 with your telephone

number and street address (in Town of Clinton) for tree pickup. Also, call or e-mail with a count of how many people will be coming so enough refreshments can be provided. Your tree must be placed along the road by Wednesday, Jan. 19, but far enough back that it does not get buried by snow plows. Keep it away from your garbage pickup spot – several trees have been taken as garbage in prior years. You are not permitted to leave trees in the park, but you can bring your tree to the party. Trees can also be dropped off during Trash/Recycling Days (Dec. 31, Jan. 8 and 15), or drop it off at the Town Highway Department. The CBA needs the old trees for a successful bonfire. Hot dogs, hot chocolate and music will be provided. If you want smores, bring chocolate and graham

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The West Clinton Fire Department hosted its first holiday party with Santa on the afternoon of Dec. 18 at Station 1. In prior years, the department drove the fire truck with Santa aboard throughout the community. About 20 children of all ages, from infants to teenagers, attended the party with their parents. Parents and the fire department auxiliary took pictures of the children seated on Santa’s lap. Some of the children were excited and spoke at length with Santa (also known as Ray Oberly), while others were quiet and said little. Each child received a large coloring book and a candy cane. Light refreshments were provided. The weather was beautiful and made for a nice turnout. Thanks are given to the participating fire department and auxiliary members.

CLINTON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP Do you have a business in any of these ZIP codes: 12514, 12538, 12569, 12572, 12578, 12580 or 12581? If yes, think about joining the Clinton Business Association (CBA), which provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with the purpose of encouraging business within the community. The CBA has a website, www.ClintonBusiness. org, and also distributes 3,000 copies of its directory listing containing all the members’ businesses at various locations and sends 2,000 through the mail. The CBA has started its 2011 membership drive and requests dues are paid by Feb. 1 so an updated directory can be distributed in early 2011. For more information on becoming a member, call President Norma Dolan at 845-266-5754 or e-mail clintonbusiness@


This time of the year, many homeowners burn logs in their fireplaces. With the high cost of heating oil, others have resorted to the installation of airtight stoves, fireplace inserts or portable kerosene heaters to

provide additional heat. There are safety cautions that must be exercised when these are used. Be sure the chimney has been cleaned at least once a year, if not more often, to insure there is no creosote buildup and a potential chimney fire. If the stove is used often, it is wise to have a second chimney cleaning done in January or early February to insure there is no excessive buildup. Stoves and heaters must be a specified distance from combustible walls, furniture, and floor coverings. You are required to get a building permit before installing or relocating stoves. The town building department issues the building permit and the building inspector will inspect the installation and issue a certificate of compliance for the stove. If a house fire occurs, your insurance company may not cover the cost of repairs if you do not have the installation inspected. Contact the Clinton Building Department at 845266-5704 for more information, or see the town’s website, Also important for your family’s safety is the proper installation of fire (smoke and heat) and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember that placement of the detectors is important since smoke rises and carbon monoxide goes to floor level. If there is a fire, immediately call 911 to summon the fire department. There is less fire damage if the fire department arrives quickly. In all cases, do not put water on a hot metal stove or on the fireplace mantel or stone walls since they will shatter and allow the fire to spread. The flying pieces also may injure you. It is also good to have at least one 5-pound or larger dry powder fire extinguisher available to use nearby whenever anything is being burned.


Clinton Highway Superintendent Theron Tompkins reminds residents to be sure to remove the rows and piles of snow left on public roads after driveways are plowed. There were many places found during and after snow storms in the past where homeowners left snow from their driveways on public roads. This snow creates icy and dangerous spots. The homeowner may be subject to a fine for leaving this snow on the public road, even if someone else was hired to plow the driveway. If snow carelessly left on a public road contributes to an accident, the homeowner may also be held liable. Keep the roads safe by cleaning up the snow after clearing your driveway.

Calling the project “Hands for Haiti,” the students collected donations for Doctors Without Borders. Later in the month, the school administration held a “Getting to Know AROUND TOWN You” event at the school to introduce students from Seymour Smith Elementary to Cold Spring students as the two schools would be combined in the coming year as a result of the school consolidation. This BY HEIDI JOHNSON event was so successful, it inspired Cold Spring Principal Jay Glynn to write about It is customary for many columnists to the evening in the following week’s column. recap the year’s highlights on the last column of the year. I have followed suit for the past MARCH few years and this week I will continue the Our area was hit with a devastating tradition. Here are the highlights from 2010: snowstorm the last week of February and



The first week of January 2010 brought us the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Town Supervisor Virginia Stern. Virginia’s granddaughter, Schuyler Press, sang the National Anthem to the delight and amazement of the large crowd gathered to see the ceremony, and Deputy Town Clerk Beth Ashton led the group in singing “America the Beautiful.” It was a lovely ceremony and one that will be long remembered by those in attendance.

into Sunday, March 1. I wasn’t able to write a column the first week of March as I was working 18-hour days during the power restoration effort. It was a long seven days for those without power and a long week for us who work at Central Hudson. Still, we were proud of our efforts in getting all customers’ power restored within a week of the back-to-back snowstorms. Later that month, the Stissing Theater Guild put on a wonderful performance of “Oliver!” at Stissing Mountain High School. It was a great show and very enjoyable for the audience, as well as the cast and crew.

off rain, the ceremony and picnic was held day Dutchess County Fair at the end of at the rec park. the month. The Stanford Lions Club cleaned up Bulls Head Road as part of National SEPTEMBER Roadside Cleanup Month. It was announced that Cold Spring Elementary School was named a 2010 MAY National Blue Ribbon school at a press The Picolo 82 restaurant opened in the conference on Sept. 9. This is quite an honor. former Karen’s Country Kitchen building We also enjoyed another marvelous in early May, and I am sad to report that Community Day event on Sept. 18. As it seems to have now closed. This is very always, this was a day of fun and exhibits unfortunate because the food and service and a great day to celebrate our little town at Picolo was outstanding. Surviving in the with family and friends. restaurant business in today’s economic climate is very hard, though, and I fear OCTOBER we may have lost this wonderful dining Frankenstein’s Fortress pulled off yet establishment permanently, although I’m another successful season in October. still hopeful it will be back. The cast and crew had a wonderful time Also in May, the first-grade class at Cold performing on the fright trail each weekend Spring Elementary went on a field trip to throughout the month. The Fortress also Montgomery Place Orchards. The kids had helps raise substantial amounts of money a wonderful day and learned a great deal to support town recreation programs. about honey bees.


June was a busy month here in Stanfordville. The Lions Club had its big flea market at the beginning of the month and the following week, the East Clinton Rescue Squad Tigers defeated the Red Hook Fence FEBRUARY Braves to win the 2010 Taconic Little A group of students at Cold Spring APRIL League Championship. Elementary school organized a fundraiser Little League Opening Day was held in Stissing Mountain High School for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. April as it is every year, and despite on-and- graduated the Class of 2010, including my “little buddy” Connor Gale. Connor is like a second son to me, having been friends with his family since he was just a 1-year-old. Watching him graduate was on of the year’s best moments for me. I’m sure the proud parents of the graduates felt the same.

Virginia Stern; Cold Spring Elementary school organized a fundraiser for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and went on a field trip to Montgomery Place Orchards. Photos submitted.


In November, I reported on the Stanford-Washington soccer tournament, the Pine Plains modified football banquet and the Scrapdaptations art show at the Red Devon restaurant. We don’t slow down here in Stanfordville, even when the weather turns colder!


Finally, in the last month of 2010, we enjoyed the Parade of Lights and the opening of the new Bangall Whaling Company Restaurant. The Stanford Grange brought home a ton of awards from the Annual State and National Grange events and I shared some local holiday shopping tips. It was a busy, fun-filled year, and I JULY enjoyed writing about our town’s people, Stanford held its first-ever Living History events and news. Thank you all for your Day on July 17 and it was a marvelous support of this column over the past year. event. Children and adults enjoyed learning about the history of our town through many HOLIDAY LIGHTS exhibits, musical events, re-enactments and Before I sign off, I want to tip off anyone demonstrations. The Stanford Historical who does not know about Karen Sergio’s Society and Town of Stanford were wonderful holiday light show. delighted by the success of the event and If you haven’t seen it, do drive past her the turnout for the day. We will likely see house on Homan Road before she takes this become a regular happening for years everything down at the end of this coming to come. weekend. Karen has an incredible number of lights and light-up displays in her yard. Don’t miss it; it’s really a sight to see. In August, after surviving the media Have a safe New Year’s celebration, circus for the wedding of Chelsea and everyone, and please drive sober. I’ll see Marc in Rhinebeck, we had our own you in 2011! celebrity event in Stanfordville when the actors and crew for the movie “Summer Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845Child” invaded our restaurants, stores and 392-4348 or town park to film scenes for the movie. And, of course, we enjoyed the six-


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Smoking banned at Tivoli park


This week Wild Wednesday On Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 4:15 p.m., Tivoli Free Library will host a Wild Wednesday event at the library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. The theme of this month’s Wild Wednesday is “River Ramble.” If you’re interested in animals, plants, bugs and insects, this program is for you. The presentation is suitable for all ages. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 845-757-3771. 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

Upcoming Wild Wednesday On Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 4:15 p.m., Tivoli Free Library will host a Wild Wednesday event at the library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. The theme of this month’s Wild Wednesday is “Climate Change.”

If you’re interested in animals, plants, bugs and insects, this program is for you. The presentation is suitable for all ages. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 845-757-3771. 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 845-2292820 for additional information. Tu Bishvat Seder The Rhinebeck Jewish Center is celebrating Tu Bishvat with a special Seder on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Rhinebeck Jewish Center, 16 West Chestnut St., Rhinebeck. The holiday is a celebration of the new year for the trees. Suggestion donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 845-876-7666 for more information. Book Sale The Tivoli Free Library 2011 Book Sale will be held from Jan. 21-24 at the library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. A preview sale will be held on Jan. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. (suggested $5 donation to attend preview sale). The sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22 and 23, and will conclude Monday, Jan. 24, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The library is also accepting donations of books, DVDs and other items. For more information, call 845-757-3771.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The use of tobacco products has been banned at Tivoli’s Memorial Park. At its November meeting, the Tivoli Village Board adopted a resolution that prohibits smoking cigarettes and the use of all other kinds of tobacco products within the park perimeter, including the playground, parking lot and ball field. The “Tobacco Free Park” resolution was unanimously adopted by village trustees. Signs reading “Tobacco Free Zone, Young Lungs at Play” have now been posted in the park. In a statement, Village Trustee Bryan Cranna, who sponsored the resolution and serves as chairman of the Tivoli Recreation

Committee, said he thinks the ban “makes good sense.” “As the father of two young children who play at our park regularly, it is my hope that this policy will allow my children and others to play outdoors without having to breathe in secondhand smoke,” he said. “Smoking, children and playing on playgrounds do not belong together.” Ellen Reinhard, director of SmokeFree Dutchess, the organization that provided the signs now posted at the park, agrees. “This policy will help de-normalize tobacco use, which encourages adults to quit smoking and prevents youth from ever starting,” she said.


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John Fallabella and Vinny Slaninka flank John Coppola in the annual “Ugliest Shirt” contest held at Coppola’s Italian Bistro. Coppola bought them each a shirt and they bought Coppola a shirt. The holiday crowd at the bar voted for the ugliest. We think it was a tie! Photo submitted. {24} december 29, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

The Dyson Foundation recently purchased the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s North Water Street property in Poughkeepsie and will now lease the property back to the museum. This partnership between the children’s museum and Dyson Foundation allows the museum to continue operating at the Poughkeepsie waterfront and will keep the property from being overly developed as interest in the Poughkeepsie waterfront increases, according to officials. “With the success of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and the pending construction of the new waterfront elevator, the foundation decided to make a long-term investment in the children’s museum property,” said Diana Gurieva, executive vice president of the

Dyson Foundation, in a statement. “We believe this is in the best interests of the children’s museum as well as the City of Poughkeepsie.” All proceeds from the $1.4 million sale will go toward retiring the museum’s entire mortgage debt on the property. “The purchase by the Dyson Foundation is enabling us to focus on running a museum without the overarching problems of owning and maintaining the building and grounds,” said the museum’s executive director, Edward Glisson. The transaction was completed Monday, Dec. 20 following nearly a year of discussion and deliberation between the two parties. The children’s museum’s board of directors voted unanimously on June 14 to approve the sale.


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Remember one of the great fiascos of last winter? I believe it was in February or early March all those vehicles were stuck on the Dutchess County spur of Route 84 due to the horrendous conditions created by snow and ice. An accident caused hundreds of drivers to be backed up for miles since “limited access” to interstates and similar highways greatly minimize the ability to exit at will. As a result, drivers and passengers were forced to literally “cool their heels” for hours on end before they could access the local roadways and seek warmth and food. Although, this is not an everyday event for Dutchess County drivers, it is hardly an isolated incident when you consider what happens nationwide. At least once during any given winter season, most of us will view scenes on television showing cars, buses and trucks stranded on major highways, sometimes for days at a time. Unfortunately, several of these scenes include folks who didn’t plan to be in this situation, and sometimes, being unprepared can cost your life. Very seldom does a winter go by without reports of people freezing to death in their stranded vehicles. There are things that can be done to minimize or reduce the risks brought about by such exposure to adverse weather conditions. Here are some worth noting: • Do not permit your gas tank to go below three-quarters to one-half full. This reduces the possibility of condensation in the tank and may give you enough heat if stranded. • Carry a couple of blankets and a firstaid kit. • Check your battery. If it’s past its warrantee, consider replacing it. • Never turn on headlights before starting your car. This just might use up the last bit of electricity that could have started the car and produced heat. • Carry a flashlight and fresh batteries. The batteries will probably last longer if you keep them out of the flashlight. Check periodically to make sure the flashlight works. Or, better yet, get a flashlight you can crank up and you won’t need batteries.

• Pack jumper cables, a folding shovel, a couple of bags of sand or cat litter and a set of “strap-on” chains for your tires. • Bring a cell phone. Just one instance of sitting and freezing by the side of the road waiting for a passerby to call for help should be enough to convince even the most obtuse individual of the benefits of a cell phone. • For those who need them, bring prescription medications. Never assume you’ll make it back in time to retrieve the container from your medicine cabinet. • Bring heating elements that do not emit carbon monoxide. There are many portable heating gadgets on the market that are battery operated. You’ll be really glad you took them along if you’re stuck for any period. • Be sure you have a warm hat, scarf, footwear, gloves and appropriate coat or jacket for any winter venture. A warm hat is critical to survival in winter weather. The head loses more body heat faster than any other non-protected area. Loss of heat to the head will rapidly bring about a lower body-core temperature, which can be disastrous. • Bring food. It’s not much trouble to pack some protein bars or similar fare. Consider what may happen if you’re stranded on a highway with no way to exit for several hours. One can experience considerable psychological deterioration because of hunger. • Alcohol: The law says if it’s in your vehicle, the container must remain sealed and never have been opened. It’ll blow your judgment and give a false sense of warmth. Alcohol will take the heat away from the body core. Body core heat keeps you alive. The foregoing items might seem like an awful lot to include on a road trip. However, if you skimp on most of these items or ignore the list and you are stranded for several hours in adverse weather, you’ll never make the same mistake again. In order to avoid similar discomfort to that which many people experienced as they were stranded along Route 84 last February, consider another option before embarking on your winter road trip. Interstates like Route 84, the New York State Thruway, the Mass Pike and a number of parkways are deemed “limited access” roads. Once you’re on them, you can’t simply drive off onto local streets any time you choose. Before you take to the road, you might be better advised to knock the cobwebs off your travel map, open it up, look at parallel roadways, determine the upcoming weather and perhaps plan an alternate passage away from the limited-access highways (for at least part of the journey).

LOADED IN PLEASANT VALLEY BY HV NEWS STAFF A Pleasant Valley man has been charged with reckless endangerment in the shooting of his wife. Art Sickler, 63, is free on $30,000 bail as his wife, Linda, 46, recovers from a gunshot wound to the hip at St. Francis Hospital. Police are classifying the incident as an accidental shooting but are continuing the investigation. The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear as Art and Linda Sickler,

along with an unidentified second man, were “highly, highly” intoxicated at the time of the shooting, according to police. Police were called to the home late last Tuesday and found Linda on the kitchen floor. Art Sickler says he was showing off the gun when it fell on the floor, discharging twice. Police say there is no indication of domestic violence with the couple although, Art Sickler has previously been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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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. 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 Tuesday, Jan. 11. The program will take place at Adriance Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Everyone is welcome. There

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 845-4835560. 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.


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A routine traffic stop eventually led the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Dutchess County Drug Task Force to confiscate a total of 13 pounds of marijuana from a Red Hook man. According to the sheriff’s office, at 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 22, Justin Tedaldi, 23, of Red Hook, was stopped for traffic violations on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Justin Tedaldi. LaGrange. An investigation by Deputy Sheriff Adam Harris led to a search of Tedaldi’s vehicle with the aid of a Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. During the course of the search, approximately 8 pounds of marijuana was discovered in the vehicle, according to deputies. Tedaldi was then taken into custody and transported for processing, after which a further investigation led to the discovery of an additional 5 pounds of marijuana at his home, deputies said. Tedaldi was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a class-D felony. He was arraigned in Town of LaGrange Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Troy K. Freeman-Brumfield, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Dec. 21 for operating a vehicle with suspended registration, a misdemeanor. • Kevin A. Johnson, 49, of Hyde Park, was arrested on a warrant from family court on Dec. 22 and turned over to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. • Frank H. Klump, 63, of Salt Point, was arrested on Dec. 23 for aggravated DWI and DWI, both misdemeanors.

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Also in Hyde Park, the town celebrated the 70th anniversary of the dedication of Haviland Middle School (which was formerly the town’s high school). In 1940, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt presided over the dedication of the building, and a number of former students who were there that day returned to the school for a ceremony marking the anniversary on Oct. 11. In Rhinebeck, the town board presided over one of the most heated and emotionally charged board meetings in recent memory when Rhonda and Pete Hammond, the victims of a home-invasion robbery committed by a Daytop resident, attended a discussion on the future of the drug rehabilitation facility in Rhinebeck. Residents packed the town meeting room and shared their opinions on Daytop, with some saying Daytop residents have contributed much to the community and others arguing Daytop has devolved into a repository for convicted criminals. “You have no right at all to condemn me for wanting Daytop to be shut down. How dare you say (Daytop) is doing a good job?” Rhonda Hammond said during the meeting.


The Nov. 2 election, as predicted by many, saw a number of first-time Republican candidates defeat Democratic opponents, both locally and nationally. The following is a rundown of some local races: • Republican Chris Gibson defeated incumbent Democratic Congressman Scott Murphy. • Republican Nan Hayworth defeated incumbent Democratic Congressman John Hall. • Republican incumbent state Sen. Stephen Saland defeated Democratic challenger Didi Barrett. • Republican incumbent Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro defeated Democratic challenger Susan Tooker. • Republican incumbent Assemblyman Joel Miller defeated Democratic challenger Alyssa Kogon. • Democratic incumbent Assemblyman Kevin Cahill defeated Republican challenger Peter Rooney. Also, in Stanford, Councilman Chris Flynn, who was appointed to his seat earlier in the year, defeated Democratic challenger Charles Hanlon in a special election for a one-year stint on the town board. Republicans hold a 3-2 majority on the board. In Hyde Park, former County Legislator Bob Clearwater raised a few eyebrows when he said former Democratic supervisor

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The Gentle Giants 4-H Club takes patrons on horse-drawn carriage rides through Rhinebeck to celebrate the holidays before the annual tree lighting. HV News file photo.

Pompey Delafield “should be shot” during a discussion about town finances. In Rhinebeck, the 40 Vanderburgh Cove Sewer District taxpayers were pleased to learn the town secured a $1.55 million grant on their behalf. Residents of the district have faced high maintenance and repair bills as a result of their shoddy sewer, and recently began the process of replacing the system. According to Town Supervisor Tom Traudt, with this grant, residents of the district will now pay sewer bills that are in line with the national average. Also in November, it was learned that Tractor Supply Company is no longer interested in establishing a retail store at the former Grand Union in Rhinebeck. Kirchoff Family Investments seems poised to develop the property and it is widely believed the company intends to transform it into medical office space.


As it does every year, December marked the beginning of the holiday season, and as always, Christmas cheer abounded in Rhinebeck. After a tree-lighting party and children’s parade a few weeks earlier, the annual Sinterklaas holiday celebration was held throughout the town on the first weekend in December. Though economic concerns caused the annual arrival of Sinterklaas in Rhinecliff to be canceled in November, the Sinterklaas festival on Dec. 4 went off without a hitch and attracted a number of people to Rhinebeck for a day of winter fun.

Hanukkah, which began this year on Dec. 1, was also celebrated with the Rhinebeck Jewish Center’s Dreidel House event for kids. The Rhinebeck Jewish Center also celebrated the Festival of Lights with a series of menorah lightings throughout Dutchess County. In early December, the dead body of 25-year-old Tyrese Storms was discovered by police in a Marshall Road home. It is believed Storms was killed by her former boyfriend, Robert Loucks of Hyde Park, who was charged with her murder. Loucks has a history of violence against women, and the case bears some similarities to the murder of Linda Riccardulli by her husband in July. The two incidents have prompted a number of local citizens and organizations to call for greater protection of domestic violence victims. After weeks of debate, the Dutchess County Legislature adopted a $403 million county budget for 2011. Under the budget, funding for a number of governmentsponsored programs and organizations was cut, and certain county departments were consolidated. So there you have it, the 2010 Hudson Valley News “Year in Review.” We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for their support, as well as the people who have provided us with interesting things to write about over this past year. We look forward to sharing your stories and bringing you more great local news in 2011.


James F. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, 77, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Born in Poughkeepsie on November 22, 1933, Mr. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien was a graduate of Poughkeepsie Schools and veteran of the United States Army; having served from 1956 to 1958. He worked for Grand Union Supermarkets for 44 years; retiring in 1998. On August 18, 1963 in the former Hedding United Methodist Church, he married Doris Ferris. Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien survives at home. In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his son, James S. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien of Hyde Park; daughter, Denise Bertomeu of Red Hook; and two grandchildren Colin and Rachel, who were his pride and joy and with whom he loved to spend much of his time. In addition to his parents, Mr. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien was predeceased by his sister, Irene â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peggyâ&#x20AC;? Britton.

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He had a special relationship with his former girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s granddaughter, Kerri. He truly adored her and she meant the world to him. Kerri will always be in his heart. Born in Poughkeepsie on December 13, 1953, he was the son of the late Jack Jacob Salvatore Sr. and Elizabeth Ella Ray Osterhoudt Salvatore. He is survived by his brother, Jay Salvatore of Poughkeepsie; sister, Darlene Minard and husband, Darren, of Poughkeepsie; and several 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., Hyde Park. To send Butchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family a condolence, visit

JOHN SALVATORE, POUGHKEEPSIE John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butchâ&#x20AC;? Salvatore, 57, a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Butch attended Poughkeepsie and Arlington Schools. He held various manufacturing positions in the Poughkeepsie area during his working life. Butch lived life his own way and on his own terms. He was known to enjoy fishing and a cold beer.


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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. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Alpha Strategies LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/23/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to 7 Hummingbird Way, Staatsburg NY 12580. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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. Articles of Formation of Limited Liability Company Under the name Renuzone, LLC. Articles of incorporation were filed with The Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) On November 5th, 2010. Office Location: 36 Greentree Drive South, Hyde Park, NY 12538. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC c/o Michael Miccuci, 36 Greentree Drive South, Hyde park, NY 12538. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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