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VOL. 1 | ISSUE 37 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

DECEMBER 9-15, 2009

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Tom Martino, Hyde Park’s supervisorelect, is a man who tells it like it is. While most politicians in communities facing financial troubles give voters vague solutions they want to hear – for example, “We need to be more fiscally responsible and reduce government spending” – Martino does not parse his words. During his bid for supervisor, which he won in November, Martino continuously said more large-scale retail stores would generate more tax dollars and provide relief for the taxpayer. While campaigning, he made no attempt to hide his desire to bring “big-box” stores to the town, a move that many Hyde Park politicians would have considered career suicide.

“We can either make money for the community, or starve,” he said. “We have to take care of ourselves. It’s something we’re just going to have to deal with.” While many have contended that bringing Wal-Mart-style super stores to the town could ruin the community’s historic and aesthetic values, Martino believes if it’s done right, the town could have the best of both worlds. Martino contends not only would local residents no longer have to travel to Kingston or Poughkeepsie to go shopping, but these stores could provide many needed jobs and, most importantly to taxpayers, contribute a good deal of money to the town in taxes.

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Martino’s pro-business approach is one of the biggest changes residents can expect when he takes office Jan. 1, he said, adding the past administration has been too reliant on residential property taxes. “The reason our taxes have gone up is because our town has relied on the mortgage tax,” Martino said. “The housing industry is on shaky ground, so our revenues have dropped.” He’s quick to caution, though, that relief won’t come very quickly. “It’s going to take time to bring business in and go through the planning board process,” Martino said. “That doesn’t happen overnight.” > more on page 2

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DEPARTING HYDE PARK SUPERVISOR REFLECTS Delafield optimistic he put the town on the right path BY JIM LANGAN With packing boxes behind him, outgoing Hyde Park Supervisor Pompey Delafield has begun the process of making way for his successor, Tom Martino. Delafield, a Democrat, elected not to seek another term and the incoming supervisor, Martino, is a Republican. In a wide-ranging interview, Delafield discussed a variety of accomplishments and disappointments. Among the things Delafield considers “missed dreams” are the lack of a central sewer in Hyde Park, the inability to get a visitor center funded and the slow pace of some developments, including the proposed “new” Stop and Shop. Delafield says he’s confident these issues will come to fruition but regrets not being able to see the process through. He was particularly adamant about the lack of a sewer. “A sewer is absolutely vital to containing sprawl in Hyde Park,” he said. “We should endeavor to concentrate business along the route of a central sewer. Without a sewer, I’m concerned properties like St. Andrews will end up attracting the big-box stores that will then attract more big-box stores.” Delafield feels Hyde Park should continue efforts to boost and attract tourism as a way of controlling taxes. When asked to respond to constant rumors that the incoming administration will actively pursue these big-box outlets, Delafield said, “Nobody wants to travel to another county or town to visit a WalMart.” Delafield said he had been disappointed

Pompey Delafield packing things up in his office Monday. Photo by Jim Langan.

by the inability of the town to attract any stimulus money. He mentioned Red Hook as having gotten nearly $8 million in stimulus funding, yet Hyde Park got none. He blamed it on the frustrating process of proving a community needs help and the ineffectiveness of our local congressional delegation to make anything happen. He laughed when he said both Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy were always quick to tell him they “recognized the problem” but never seemed to resolve anything. “Hyde Park was never even in the running for stimulus money,” he said. Delafield then turned to one of the major accomplishments of his administration, the approval of a $2.8 million bond issue to construct a new police/court facility. He said he has been working closely with the supervisor-elect to select the architect and

fast-track the project while “interest rates and inflation are at historic lows.” Delafield said he was concerned current government spending could unleash a vicious inflationary cycle and the town needs to implement the police/court approval immediately. He is hopeful the next board can stay on budget for the facility and expressed confidence in Martino’s no-nonsense approach. Delafield is hopeful construction can begin in May and the building completed by February 2011. As for Delafield’s immediate plans, he intends to spend the next year traveling with his wife, Margi, and visiting his children. When asked if he was through with elective politics, the three-term supervisor said, “You never close the door on that. I’ll always be working for the people of Hyde Park and their success.”

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MARTINO

CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Martino said the Town of Fishkill, for example, has struck a nice balance. Even though the town’s main roads are congested with big businesses, it remains a pleasant community where small and large businesses coexist, he said. “They have a number of big-box stores,” he said of Fishkill. “But they also have the quaintness of the Village of Fishkill, which appears to have small businesses that are successful. The small businesses and bigbox stores can live side by side.” Martino also implied attracting commercial developers to Hyde Park is more than wishful thinking. “Immediately after the election, I received a number of congratulatory phone calls from people who are interested in developing in Hyde Park,” he said. Martino says another one of his top priorities will be bringing to fruition the police/court facility voters approved on Election Day. Recently, the current town board selected Mauri Associates Architects to design the structure. Martino praised outgoing Supervisor Pompey Delafield for inviting Martino to be involved in every step of the process, saying selecting Mauri Associates was a sound decision. “They came in and they were the best prepared,” Martino said of the firm. When he takes office Jan. 1, Martino, and every other member of the council, will be a town board newcomer, as voters removed every incumbent from office in November. Martino says, though, he is not at all apprehensive about his board’s lack of experience, saying incoming board members have been interviewing potential town attorneys, whom he says the board will rely on for advice. Many voters first heard the name Tom Martino when he publically spoke out against a controversial law that regulates and limits activities on or around wetlands. The outgoing board eventually approved the law to the chagrin of Martino and his running mates. Martino says if enough public interest is expressed, his administration would look into repealing or amending the law, but says he has no immediate plans of doing so. He said he also has no immediate plans to change leadership on the planning or zoning boards or any other major committee. Martino, who is seemingly confident by nature, says he was not nervous on the night of the election, which he won over current Councilman Rich Perkins by 341 votes. He spent the night with fellow Hyde Park Republicans, and says he celebrated a few nights later with his family. As town supervisor, which is considered a part-time job in Hyde Park, he will earn about $24,000 per year. His term expires at the end of 2011. Martino is a former manager with the U.S. Postal Service and a retired music teacher.


HYDE PARK

police blotter BY HV NEWS STAFF

BROKEN BUMPER LEADS COPS TO DRUNK DRIVER (AGAIN)

Another alleged drunk driver left an evidence trail that lead police to her whereabouts in Hyde Park. The incident mirrors an earlier blotter item published in Hudson Valley News two weeks ago. According to Hyde Park Police, Jaclyn E. Vanvoorhees, 21, of Germantown, hit a utility pole on Old Post Road near Mills Mansion, causing a power outage, on Nov. 25 at approximately 10 p.m. Vanvoorhees left the scene, police said. When patrol searched the scene, officers discovered a black bumper with a license plate still attached, along with a New York State insurance card, according to police. Because it was believed the vehicle had sustained heavy damage, officers immediately began searching the scene. Officers discovered Vanvoorhees and her damaged vehicle on Mulford Avenue about 10 minutes after the crash, according to the department. Vanvoorhees was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of a property-damage auto accident, a violation. Her blood-alcohol content was determined to be 0.13%. She later admitted to crashing into the utility pole after dropping a cigarette in her lap while driving, according to officers. She told police she hadn’t realized she had caused any damage, so she fled. She was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to re-appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on March 4.

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER NABBED

A local woman who allegedly hit a young pedestrian with her vehicle and fled the scene was later arrested by Hyde Park Police last month. According to the department, Teuta Gjonbalj, 22, of Staatsburg, hit a 14-year-old girl near the Route 9-Fuller Lane intersection on Nov. 24. Police say they were given a vehicle description and partial plate number, and were able to locate Gjonbalj on Route 9G. She confessed to the crime, police said. Gjonbalj was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personalinjury auto accident, a misdemeanor.

TEEN CHARGED WITH THIRD FELONY

A local teenager facing a slew of prior felony cases was arrested again after a pair of burglary attempts. Hyde Park Police say a 17-year-old Hyde Park boy was the second subject arrested for stealing jewelry from a resident’s locked bedroom on Nov. 24. On Nov. 23, a local deli patron reported seeing the same teen breaking into his vehicle and stealing three iPods, valued at more than $1,000. The teen was arraigned before Judge David Steinberg and was remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail because he now has three open felony

cases pending against him. For the aforementioned incidents, the teen was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony, criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor. Police have withheld the young man’s name.

a class-D felony, and assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. The Santoros were both arraigned in front of Judge David Steinberg, and an order of protection was issued to the victim. Jason Santoro was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bail bond. Both are due in court Dec. 12.

COPS INTERVENE WHEN TRAFFIC STOP LEADS DAD GETS DRUNK A local father who was reportedly TO JAIL TIME

caring for a young child while under the influence of intoxicants was arrested on endangerment charges last month. According to Hyde Park Police, Brian L. Decker, 31, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Nov. 27 after witnesses reported Decker was drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs while he was caring for his 7-year-old child. When they responded to the scene, police say they found the residence in a state of disarray, with broken glass strewn about. According to the department, when officers attempted to take Decker into custody, he became combative. Police did manage to subdue him, though. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a class-A misdemeanor. Decker was arraigned before Justice John Kennedy and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bail bond. Child Protective Services assisted in the incident and the child was turned over to a family member.

Marcuson was located at her residence and charged with an arrest warrant charge for assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and obstruction of governmental administration, a class-A misdemeanor. She was released to the East Fishkill Police Department.

MAN JAILED FOR VIOLATING COURT ORDER

A Poughkeepsie man who violated protection orders was arrested by Hyde Park Police last week. According to police, Kenneth M. Clemmons, 23, violated court orders held by two residents of a local apartment on Dec. 4. He was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Clemmons was arraigned in front of Judge David Steinberg and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $2,500 cash or bail bond. He was due in court Tuesday.

A local man stopped for speeding nabbed additional charges after it was realized the court had ordered him to stay away from his vehicle’s passenger. Hyde Park Police say they stopped Todd Johnson, 30, of Hyde Park, for driving 73 miles per hour in a 45 mileper-hour zone on Dec. 3. A computer check revealed Johnson had two active orders of protection against the passenger of his vehicle, according to police. Johnson was arrested and charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, as well MILAN WOMAN CAUGHT as a speeding violation. He was arraigned in front of Judge SHOPLIFTING A woman who attempted to shoplift David Steinberg and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $5,000 cash or at the local Stop and Shop was arrested by Hyde Park Police last week. bail bond. Carolann M. Rinaldi, 47, of Milan, Johnson is due in court Dec. 15. tried to steal about $21 worth of goods from the supermarket on Dec. 4, police LOCAL COPS NAB said. She was charged with petty larceny, a ‘WANTED’ WOMAN A local woman with an arrest warrant class-A misdemeanor. Rinaldi was released on an appearance out of East Fishkill was located and arrested by Hyde Park police last week. ticket and ordered to appear in court Police say on Dec. 3, the East Fishkill Jan. 7, 2010. Police Department asked local police MAN NABS SLEW OF to locate Hyde Park resident Arlene > more on page 7 FELONIES FOR BURGLARY F. Marcuson, 64, who had an active A man investigated by Hyde Park warrant for her arrest. Police during a domestic dispute last week subsequently admitted he stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in a prior incident. Police say a local residence was burglarized on Dec. 1. More than $5,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the home. Later, while responding to a domestic disturbance at another residence, Christopher S. Marchant, 18, of Hyde Park, admitted he burglarized the home when he was being interviewed by police, according to the department. Marchant was charged with burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony, attempted burglary in the second degree, a class-D felony, grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony, criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, a class-D felony, and possession of burglars’ tools, a class-A misdemeanor. Marchant was arraigned before Judge John Kennedy and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond. He was to reappear in court Monday.

LANDLORDS ASSAULT TENANT

Local landlords who allegedly assaulted a tenant were arrested last week. According to Hyde Park Police, on Dec. 2, Nivine and Jason Santoro, of Hyde Park, became involved in “an incident” with one of their tenants and both eventually assaulted the person. Police say Jason Santoro also broke windows on the tenant’s vehicle. Nivine Santoro, 29, was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Jason Santoro, 32, was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | december 9, 2009 {3}


opinion The notion we are still fighting in Afghanistan because the 9/11 attacks originated there is based on the fallacy that our terrorist enemies are so stupid they have remained frozen in place since 2001. - Frank Rich, The New York Times

GUEST COLUMN

Deputies deserve our praise and support BY ADRIAN H. ANDERSON

“What if?” is a phrase we typically ask ourselves after a nearmiss with a bad event. It’s natural to wonder about what almost happened, but how often do we wonder before the near tragedy happens? Recently, there have been some highprofile events that have occurred here in Dutchess County. An armed man invaded the middle school in Pine Plains. An airplane crashes in a residential area. A boat capsizes on the Hudson, stranding an adult and two children on a remote area in the cold. A bank robber steals a car and a gun, and then robs a bank. And in between, the men and women of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office handled almost 3,000 calls for service for the month of November alone. We are fortunate that for each of these incidents, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office was there. It was deputy sheriffs in conjunction with New York State Troopers who first got the call at the Pine Plains middle school. The coordinated effort between all local police agencies led to the successful conclusion and capture of the gunman in the school. Deputy sheriffs remain in the middle school and high school building, ensuring the safety of our children. Deputy sheriffs received a call for the plane in distress, and pulled the passenger from the wreckage, saving his life. Deputy sheriffs caught the bank robber minutes after he brandished a gun and made off with cash. It is deputy sheriffs who, day in and day out, patrol the roads of Dutchess County, answering calls for help – everything from auto accidents

to checking on the welfare of the infirm and elderly. Our DWI patrol made an astonishing 191 driving while impaired arrests last year. Imagine how many fewer lives were lost because of our enforcement efforts. We want to thank the other police agencies, fire departments, and service providers we work with to ensure the safety of the people of Dutchess County. We all couldn’t do the excellent job we do without each other, and as we have all said, we cannot do the job by ourselves. We need to work with one another and rely on each other to ensure the safety of the residents of our fine county. Through these collaborative efforts, all of Dutchess County is served in the most efficient manner. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office handles over 45,000 calls for service each year. We have been unable to add needed positions. We do our best in protecting lives and property, to detect crime and bring offenders to justice. We find ourselves yet again in a difficult situation. It is my feeling that the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division should continue to be funded through our county taxes like all the other county agencies are funded. Public safety must be a priority of all county government. What if there was no road patrol? Is this something we really want to find out? Please help us to continue to serve and protect you. We have been on patrol, ensuring the safety of our county residents since 1717. Please help us continue to provide the excellent service to which you have all grown accustomed. Adrian “Butch” Anderson is the Dutchess County Sheriff.

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STUDYING GREEN

BY RUSSELL URBAN-MEAD

Stairwells of heat

We moved into our first home in the Hudson Valley in 1988. It was originally an outbuilding on a farm, which was later converted to a tenant house. Before we moved in, prior owners had removed a boxed-in stairwell leading to upstairs bedrooms, and replaced it with an attractive open stairwell. The house was airy, open and charming. We loved it. During our first two winters in the house, the boiler worked fine but we fussed about never really feeling warm downstairs, and sometimes feeling too warm upstairs. So I adjusted baseboard heaters, researched heating zones and added insulation everywhere. Our bills went down a bit as we added insulation, but we still didn’t feel much warmer downstairs. Then one day, when I was sitting in the living room, I glanced over at that lovely stairwell again – as I had many times – and suddenly recognized the elephant in the room. That stairwell was our big leak! It was allowing downstairs heat to rise upstairs, leaving us drafty and cool downstairs and overheated the two bedrooms upstairs. I hadn’t put it all together before. But suddenly it was so obvious. It was a big heat chimney. Heat rises, and the stairwell was the pathway. But what a puzzle – so many homes have open stairwells. What to do? We didn’t want to box in the stairwell again – that seemed severe, costly and sad. We also knew it was unrealistic to try to discipline ourselves to always close the bedroom doors – easy to say but hard to remember – and besides, some heat would still be lost in the stairwell anyway. So after much thought, we ended up installing a simple bi-fold door in an existing opening between the stairwell and the rest of the downstairs rooms. It actually gave us a bit of an enclosed entryway by our front door, which visitors had to learn to push through when entering our house, but it worked. We had the heat licked! For 17 years, we enjoyed warm downstairs rooms and cooler upstairs bedrooms. The heating bills really dropped then, and we were warm where we wanted to be warm. Two years ago, we moved into the 1790s-era farmhouse next to the tenant house. Like the tenant house, an original enclosed stairwell had also been removed in favor of a lovely open stairwell. Like in the tenant house, last winter it was drafty and

cold downstairs and overheated upstairs. Here was another stairwell allowing heat to rise where it wasn’t wanted. But keeping the heat downstairs has been harder to address in this house. There is no easy way to square off an entryway because the stairway here is part of the living room. Friends suggested a fan in the stairwell to blow the heat down. But the stairwell is too narrow for most fans, and besides, I don’t really like solutions that themselves require energy. Another friend then suggested a seasonal drape – perhaps a tapestry we hang over the stairwell in winter. Now that was an interesting idea. So I’ve tried a “proof of concept” test – and it is working beautifully. Laugh if you will (many have), but I have hung a clear shower curtain across the open railings and across the bottom of the stairwell. We pass through the curtain to go upstairs. It sure looks odd, but the temperature drops more than 10 degrees as we pass through the curtain. And sitting in our living room, it’s now warm! In fact, the heat from our fireplace now pretty much heats all the downstairs rooms quite well. Last winter, the fireplace couldn’t keep up. I’m not sure what comes next for us, but here are some things I know: Folks who built houses long ago knew that hot air rises, so they avoided open stairwells. My shower curtain isn’t elegant, but my “proof of concept” test is working beautifully. So I’m musing about how to create something a bit more attractive, but I know I’m on the right track. Perhaps a seasonal plexiglass sheet along the open railing, and perhaps a movable arch with doorway for the bottom. I’m not sure yet, but I’ll figure something out. Maybe one of you will send me an idea … Is this a green topic deserving of print in this column or is this just a homerenovation topic? I say it is a green topic because open stairwells waste heat. Most two-story houses have upstairs bedrooms that do not need to be heated very much. Research suggests it is healthier to sleep in cool air. So if everyone with a twofloor house could keep most of their heat downstairs, we’d all sleep better and we could all cut our heating bills. The shower curtain I’m testing allows us to reduce the number of rooms we are fully heating. The upstairs rooms get just the heat they need to prevent serious chills – and we sleep beautifully. That’s sustainable thinking: prioritizing comfort for where you need it and stopping big energy leaks. Russell Urban-Mead is a hydrogeologist working on water resource and sustainable design issues for a living and pleasure. He lives in Hyde Park, works for The Chazen Companies, and enjoys raising backyard chickens and goats with his family. You can contact him at rum@ chazencompanies.com


opinion it’s pure hubris and a sense of entitlement. I remember asking a very good friend of Teddy Kennedy why he fooled around so much and the man told me, “When you’re as famous as Teddy, you can’t have much fun or be yourself in public. His release is a bottle of scotch and a girl.” The common denominator for most of these high-profile cheaters is the unequal USUALLY RIGHT nature of the relationship, which means no MBAs or lawyers please. The sad thing is BY JIM LANGAN no one says a word about women with such low self esteem they allow themselves to be used by powerful men. For every Tiger Woods that we have seen, there are scores Tiger Woods has just chiseled his famous of celebrity wannabees and Las Vegas face into the side of Mount Philander as parasites more than willing to bust up a even more marital “transgressions” come marriage. Although as Maureen Dowd forward with every edition of The New York warned in the New York Times, “Never get Post. He joins an exalted list of politicians involved with women who have 8-by-10 and celebrities who have humiliated glossies.” Then there’s the deafening silence on themselves and their families by cheating this from the black community, which has on their spouses at every opportunity. never warmed up to Tiger has also Woods. Let’s call it guaranteed no married the OJ effect. As with guy can go to the OJ, assume Tiger was store now without the married to an AfricanMissus breaking out the American woman. stopwatch and the GPS. Marriage wasn’t tough Tiger has guaranteed How different would the reaction be? Very enough for regular folk no married guy can different. Both men and now Tiger is saying felt more comfortable having a beautiful wife go to the store now in the white world and children, a palatial without the Missus and when OJ or estate, a 150-foot yacht, Tiger did their wives a private jet and untold breaking out the wrong, there was millions in the bank an uncomfortable just doesn’t get it done. stopwatch and the silence. Both women While Woods’ wife, GPS. are seen as gold Elin, has refused public diggers and both comment thus far, when men should have asked by Hudson Valley married their own. News in a telephone The more white conversation, she had bimbos who crawl out this to say regarding of the shadows, the the dust-up: “I can’t really remember how many times I hit the less sympathy Woods gets from Africancheating dog, but put me down for a five.” Americans. Remember, only after he was OK, I’ll spare you the other 1,000 put on trial did OJ channel his inner black Tiger jokes making the rounds because man and then kicked black OJ to the curb there actually are some interesting after the acquittal. So what happens next? I think Woods dynamics at work here. Let’s start with the is forever tarnished. If this had been a almost universal reaction of surprise and one-off situation and he was immediately disappointment. When the story first broke, forthcoming and his wife forgave him most people were genuinely shocked. He without benefi t of a renegotiated preseemed like someone who truly had his act together. With each new revelation, nup, he’d be fine. But the sheer number admiration for Woods has become of questionable liaisons and Woods’ contempt. Americans are a fairly jaded stonewalling will make it difficult for him lot and confer respect, trust and power to retain the trust and respect of fans and carefully. So when that trust is broken, it is sponsors alike. That said, his ultimate considered a betrayal. Just ask Bill Clinton legacy will always be his accomplishments or Eliot Spitzer. We also love building on the golf course. A few more Majors and someone up and then tearing them down. people will focus on that again. But it will That is particularly true in entertainment never be the same. My only hope now is I don’t pick up the paper some day and read and sports. The question that always arises is why. Derek Jeter was on steroids. I couldn’t take Why do these people risk it all for something that. as mundane and tawdry as a quickie with Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ a cocktail waitress or an intern? For some, thehudsonvalleynews.com.

TIGER’S TALE

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

TOLERANCE

their thoughts, values and life choices are repugnant. I come from a large family that spans the spectrum, both politically and religiously. We have members who call Rush Limbaugh “a pinko,” and we have those who call President Obama the “Second W.” We have Baptists, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians, a Buddhist and some atheists. We have gun-toting good old boys and bigcity aesthetes. Straight, gay, single, married, uncommitted. We have it all in my family. I won’t say that all our conversations are religious or political, but when we get into one of the taboo topics, it is with the understanding that we are all family. We accept each other for who we are. Period. This holds true whether it is a nuclear family or a church or a community. Tolerance means you are a welcome part of the community, regardless of who you are or what your condition is. This is tolerance in its strictest sense. Of course, tolerance also allows those who can’t stand it to leave. If, for example, a family member held a religious view that seemed outrageous, and another relative refused to sit at the table with them, a tolerant family would say, “That’s your choice. We’ll miss you.” It would not try to force them to the table. What tolerance is not, is putting up with abuse. It is not tolerance to let someone continue physically, verbally or mentally abusing you. That’s being a doormat. It is not tolerance to let a person continue to abuse someone else, either. That’s complicity. If somebody is abusive, they forfeit the right to exercise those behaviors. If they persist, they forfeit their right to be in that community, at least for the time being. While I disagree vehemently with some of my relatives on their politics and religious views, we continue to love each other. But if one physically abused another, I am fairly certain the rest would be all over them in a New York minute. And we would support the victim. Likewise, if a relative cheated on another repeatedly, we would most likely let them know what we thought. We would support the victim in pushing for counseling or, if they felt they needed it, leaving. Of course, we always seek reconciliation first – it is at the core of our faith – but reconciliation is no more complicity or being a doormat than is tolerance. So in politics or religion, whether it’s the issues of gays or abortion or women priests, we are tolerant of all others, even when they make us uncomfortable or offend us by their beliefs and practices – they have a seat at the table. Become abusive, however, and that’s something nobody should tolerate.

Ah, the holidays. That blessed time when families get together. They’re great – as long as nobody talks about religion or politics, right? Right. Or more precisely, hogwash. What fun is a family that has to tiptoe around all the most interesting topics? That would pretty much limit us to talking about the weather and watching football, and who wants that? I say, a family worth its salt can handle lively, even-heated debate about those core issues. If it’s a healthy family, you can be yourself and know that you are still loved and will always have a place at the table, even if you are totally and insanely wrong. You could call this “tolerance,” I suppose. But I won’t. The word “tolerance” has been so misused in recent years as to have virtually no meaning at all. Accusations fly left and right about not being tolerant. Opposing sides claim they are tolerant while the other clearly is not. I read a letter to the editor of our national church newspaper in which the writer argued the church is not tolerant because it will not refuse to ordain a certain class of people (not who you think). He went on to say the church is disregarding the wishes of those who do not wish to see these people ordained and is therefore intolerant of them (those who don’t want the ordinations). Say what? I had to reread the letter a few times to make sure I read right. The church is intolerant because it will not do what a certain group of people wants? You might disagree with church decisions (there are many I disagree with), but to call that intolerant is just plain silly. Even though I hate resorting to dictionaries for definitions, a look at Websters is called for here: “Tolerance” is “recognition of and respect for the opinions, beliefs or practices of others.” For what it’s worth, the church recognizes all views and respects them as well as those who hold them, but it does not have to do, and indeed cannot do, what every group wants. To expand on this definition, I would The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of add that tolerance means to accept others St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. wherever they are on their life journey – to accept them, complete with their You can leave a comment for him at thoughts, values, life choices – all the while revckramer@gmail.com. welcoming them in the community, even if

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SINTERKLAAS IN THE SNOW

FIRE DISTRICT STUDIES COST, RESPONSE TIMES

Large, festive crowd turns out for colorful parade

D.J. Sadowski addresses a group of citizens concerned about ambulance response times and costs. Photo by HVN Staff.

County Legislator Joel Tyner marches in the paradde (just kidding, Joel).

BY HV NEWS STAFF

BY JIM LANGAN The first appreciable snow of the season served as a breathtaking backdrop for Rhinebeck’s second annual Sinterklaas parade. The long-dormant tradition was revived last year and judging by the enthusiasm of the nearly 1,000 attendees packing the sidewalks, the decision to revive this old Dutch tradition has proven a popular one. The presence of a steady snow only added to the sense of wonderment and the season. The day-long celebration included everything from street performers to a “Festival of Light: A Holiday Spectacular” at the Church of the Messiah on Montgomery Street. Over at Oblong Books, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary charmed a packed house with his music and storytelling. One onlooker marveled at Yarrow’s “intergenerational appeal,” referring to the mix of baby boomers and babies singing along with the folk legend. Yarrow took to the stage, cheerfully pushing his way through the throng, saying, “Pregnant woman coming through.” But it was the Children’s Starlight Parade and Pageant through the town that had everyone buzzing.

Top: Jonathan Heilman and son Joshua wait with Carmella and Carmalina DeWitt and friend Kim for the parade to begin. Below: A street performer entertains the crowd. Photos by HVN Staff.

Citizens gathered last week at the Roosevelt Fire House to get an update on the state of ambulance service in Hyde Park. D.J. Sadowski, the newly elected county legislator representing District 4 (Hyde Park) and current president of the Hyde Park Fire and Water District Board of Trustees, brought the assembly up to speed. Sadowski said, “Unfortunately, due to the steady decline in volunteers, we are forced to rely on other means to serve the community. At present, Hyde Park

has a handshake agreement with Northern Dutchess Paramedics to provide ambulance service. But there is no guarantee that they will provide service.” As a result, Sadowski said the district is negotiating with other fire districts to resolve the problem. “At the moment, there is no guaranteed response time if you call 911,” he said. “Ideally, we’d like a nine-minute response. Currently, it’s more like 15 to 20 minutes. The ambulance could be coming from Kingston. We need all three fire districts to work this out.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED ITBY JIM LANGAN • Solange Magano, the 1994 Miss Argentina, died of a pulmonary embolism in the course of a surgical procedure known as a glutcoplasty. A friend, Robert Piazza, said, “A woman A dazzling array of giant puppets, who had everything lost her life to have marching bands and roaming bands of a slightly firmer behind.” The dreaded Grumpuses made their way through the thong claims another victim.

snow-covered streets to the delight of grown-ups and children alike. The parade ended with a fabulous stage performance in the town parking lot. This appears to be a tradition that’s here to stay for good.

Peter Yarrow performs at Oblong Books and Music.

• The turkey wasn’t the only aroma at the Matos house on Long Island over Thanksgiving. Eduardo Matos, 71, was visiting his son’s home for the holiday when he stepped outside for a smoke. A section of lawn gave way, dropping grandpa neck-deep into a cesspool. He was pulled out by family members. Bet he had plenty of space at the dinner table. • Iraqis have a new cable channel featuring all Saddam, all the time. No one’s quite sure who’s bankrolling the venture, but it premiered on the third anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s execution. A local café owner says, “It appeals to those who long for his rule.”

with a woman. Good for her, but what does that make Elizabeth Taylor? • Customs officials at Dulles Airport discovered 2.3 ounces of cocaine stuffed inside a fully cooked chicken transported on a flight from El Salvador. We can only assume that with that much coke in him, the chicken never shut up on the flight. • Anderson Cooper and his pretentiously titled CNN program, “Anderson Cooper 360,” continues to nosedive in the ratings. In the last year alone, his ratings are down 62% overall and 70% in the coveted 25-54 demographic. This guy needs another hurricane. • Fans of the brown pelicans can smooth their ruffled feathers. The government has taken Florida’s ubiquitous bird off the endangered species list. After almost vanishing in 1970 from the effects of DDT and other pesticides, the pelicans now number over 650,000. • An Obama spokesperson said the president was pleased to see the economic data going in the right direction. Shouldn’t he say pleased it’s going less in the wrong direction? We are continuing to lose more jobs but at a slightly lesser rate.

• In the “tough town” department, a school counselor suffering an apparent heart attack was set upon by three homeless drug addicts in a Philadelphia emergency room. They took the man’s watch and cash as he waited 80 minutes • The fact that Tiger Woods’ sponsors for treatment. The 63-year-old man died appear to be sticking by him prove one before seeing a doctor. thing. They don’t think women watch • Meredith Baxter announced she has golf. You’ll know if Tiger and his people given up men after three failed marriages think he’s in real trouble if they break out and has been in a seven-year relationship the race card. Think OJ. {6} december 9, 2009 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news


Members, neighbors clash over proposed regulations

COMP PLAN TAKES AIM AT GUN CLUBS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON “If you don’t like horse manure, don’t live near a horse farm,” said Dr. Bruce Cuttler, a local dentist. Rhinebeck Supervisor Tom Traudt put it a bit differently, saying, “If you live in Rhinebeck, you can expect to have bad traffic during fair week.” Both men are using different metaphors to essentially say the same thing: The neighbors of Rhinebeck’s two gun clubs had to expect a certain level of gunshot noise when they bought properties adjacent to long-standing gun clubs. But some neighbors of Rhinebeck’s gun clubs – of which there are two, Neighbors Gun Club and the Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club – say gunshots from the clubs are louder and more frequent than reasonably expected. The debate between the gun clubs and neighboring property owners is nothing new, but the issue has gotten more attention and the debate has become a bit more heated as the town’s proposed comprehensive plan moves towards adoption. Traudt claimed when his administration took over in 2007, the comprehensive plan, as it was then drafted, imposed unfair regulations on the clubs that could potentially put them out of business. He said he has been working on altering the plan so existing clubs could continue to operate, saying he believes they are important to the community. “They have been there a long period of time,” Traudt said. “They are a big part of recreation. The only problem is the noise that comes from the gun clubs.” As drafted, Traudt said, existing clubs will continue to be permitted to operate, but under restricted hours. Currently, he said, the clubs can essentially set their own hours. He said the board is set to adopt the comprehensive plan, with the new regulations on gun clubs, on Dec. 21. A number of residents have spoken out on the issue during public hearings on the comprehensive plan, both in favor of the clubs and against them. At a meeting last week, club members spoke of the many benefits their clubs bring

to the community, while neighbors told stories of quiet evenings ruined by the sound of gunfire. A number of landowners on Enterprise Road, located near Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club, say it’s not so much the noise, but the increasing frequency of the shots. Jim Ettinson, who owns property on the road and plans on building his home there, says shots are being fired later and later. He said he thinks shooting should start at 9 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. “I think that’s a reasonable solution,” he said. “I want to know when I move in there that I can have a quiet evening on my deck.” Another Enterprise Road resident, Spiro Chumis, says he expected to hear gunshots when he bought his property in 1982, but says the frequency of shots has dramatically increased. He says when he first moved, he heard 10 shots an hour at the most, but now, he claims, hundreds of shots can be heard each hour. Chumis says the problem started in 2002, when, he claims, Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club installed lights for nighttime shooting and started trap-shooting activities. Chumis, himself a lifelong hunter, says the board is being too easy on the gun clubs and is making it too easy for clubs to get a waiver on noise ordinances. “What this board is attempting to do is exempt them from the noise ordinance,” Chumis said. “To me, Rhinebeck has detracted from its history of good values.” Gun club members, though, sing a very different song. Cuttler, a member of Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club for 18 years, says he understands people don’t want to hear

ongoing gunfire. In fact, he says, he’s legally permitted to hunt on his own property, but says he doesn’t out of respect for his neighbors. But, he says, that doesn’t change the fact that his club has been in existence 75 years, and neighbors knew they were moving next to a gun club when they bought their properties. “If I liked peace and quiet, I would not live next to a gun club,” he said. Cuttler says under the new comprehensive plan, the club has to show the town it has a noise-abatement program in effect. He said the town would monitor this, but added, “no one knows exactly how that will be done.” Too many restrictions, he said, could cause the club to close. As for assertions that the frequency of shots has increased since 2002, Cuttler concedes more shots are fired at the club these days, but claims it’s because membership has increased. Furthermore, he says the lights and trap-shooting range were installed at the club quite some time ago, but they are used more frequently today. He says in an attempt to be good neighbors, Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club voluntarily shortened its hours. This hasn’t done much to satisfy neighbors, though. According to Cuttler, gun clubs provide much more than a place to fire a gun. Cuttler is quick to point out Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club has 350 acres, which serve as home to a local Boy Scout troop and is open to horseback riders. Gun clubs also keep large parcels of land from being developed, he said. “We preserve that land,” he said. “That land will be in a natural state for as long as we own it.” Jim Reardon, president of Neighbors Gun Club on Burger Road, says this situation started as an issue between Enterprise Road residents and Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club, and now, his club is potentially facing some unfair stipulations as a result. Reardon, who is also the Village of Rhinebeck mayor, says he doesn’t take issue with limitations on hours of operation, saying Neighbors Gun Club already has similar restrictions in place. He says his club does not have lights and permits shooting from 10 a.m. to dusk only. “Neighbors Gun Club has always been good neighbors,” he said. “We don’t get complaints about shooting.” Furthermore, he says, not one neighbor has complained about noise from his club at any public hearing on the comprehensive plan.

What he disagrees with is a stipulation in the proposed comprehensive plan that would force gun clubs to pay to test sound levels and enact mitigation procedures. Reardon says this is an unnecessary waste of money, saying his club already goes to great lengths to reduce noise. “It’s a paper solution,” he said. He also doesn’t agree with a provision that would essentially put the club at the mercy of the planning board if the club decides to build a minor addition or alter one of its structures. Reardon says his club is willing to work with the town, saying, “We want to come up with a workable solution,” but said the club would fight the town if the comprehensive plan is approved before the aforementioned stipulations are removed. “We’re willing to pursue legal action if we have to,” he said. At 64 acres, Neighbors Gun Club is significantly smaller than Northern Dutchess. It has just over 200 members. Like Cuttler, Reardon pointed out some of the ways his gun club benefits the community. Neighbors Gun Club is active with local Boy Scouts, hosts trail rides for the Landsmankill Trail Riding Association and makes its range available to police trainees. “It’s not a bunch of rednecks out there shooting guns off,” he said.

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JOYRIDE LANDS TEEN IN COURT

A teenager who had a car accident while joyriding in his mother’s vehicle was charged with a slew of misdemeanors and violations last week. Hyde Park Police say on Dec. 5, a 17-year-old Hyde Park boy took his mother’s car without her knowledge, caused a property-damage accident, and fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind. The teen was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class-A misdemeanor, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, leaving the scene of a property-damage auto accident, a violation, and unlicensed driver, also a violation. He was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Jan. 12. Police are withholding the boy’s name as he is eligible for youthful-offender status.

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MILLBROOK FESTIVAL Virginia Stern promises

CELEBRATES 2010 BY HV NEWS STAFF

An impressive lineup of family entertainers is set to entertain crowds during the Millbrook Rotary’s New Year’s Eve Millbrook festival. The festival will be held Dec. 31, from 5 to 9:15 p.m. During the festival, a number of entertainers will perform in and around the village’s Thorne Building on Franklin Avenue. All performances are indoors and in easy walking distance of each other. Some of the acts that will perform during the festival – now in its sixth year – include Bindlestiff Cirkus, The Tanglewood Marionettes, the Handman String Quartet, Millbrook’s own Larry Ham and Dave Glasser, and guitarist Jeff Armstrong.

MOORE-FRAZIER

JOINS HYDE PARK ZBA BY HV NEWS STAFF

Hyde Park resident Brenda Moore-Frazier has been appointed to the Hyde Park Zoning Board of Appeals. Moore-Frazier fills a seat vacated by Aileen Rohr, who has been appointed to the town planning board. Moore-Frazier is presently employed by the Poughkeepsie City School District as a speech/language therapist, and is owner of Signature Performance Image & Etiquette. She serves on the Mill Street Loft Board of Directors, the Dutchess County Human

New to this year’s lineup is Peter Muir and Friends, who’ll perform ragtime and Broadway melodies. Also, local resident Richard Bala, a historical folk balladeer, will tell tales of Henry Hudson. All you need to attend any or all of these events is a flashing button (this year, it was designed by local student Izzy Tassinari) that sells for $5. Buttons will be available at the Thorne Building the day of the event, and are available before the festival at Merritt Bookstore, Reardon Briggs Hardware, Millbrook Variety Store, and Village Wine & Spirits. Further information is available at www.MillbrookRotary.org. Call 845-2647256 for additional information.

Rights Commission and the Town of Hyde Park Parks and Recreation Commission. Her professional affiliations include the New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Association, AssoPhoto submitted. ciation for Image Consultants International, and the International Society of Protocol & Etiquette Professionals. She is married to William J. Frazier and has a son, Leonard Bedner, who also resides in Hyde Park.

FUNERAL HOMES COME TOGETHER IN REMEMBRANCE

BY HV NEWS STAFF

Burnett & White Funeral Homes of Red Hook and Rhinebeck are remembering children who have passed away as part of a world-wide ceremony this weekend. The local funeral homes are teaming up with The Compassionate Friends for the Sixth Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony in the Hudson Valley. Started 13 years ago, Compassionate Friends has held a worldwide ceremony to commemorate children who have passed. During the ceremony, mourners from around the work light candles for one hour, beginning at different times of the evening, depending on time zones. The goal is for candles to be lit simultaneously around the globe. At Burnett & White, candles will be lit at 7 p.m. Those wishing to participate

should come to Burnett & White Funeral Home in Red Hook, 7461 South Broadway, at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. After the ceremony, there will be time for sharing memories and fellowship. A remembrance table will be available, and those who attend are encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia to display, as well as letters, poems or favorite readings to share. Whether or not you plan on attending, all are invited to write a memorial message at www.Burnett-White.com. Entries will be forwarded to The Compassionate Friends for inclusion in their “Book of Remembrance.” For additional information, contact either of the Burnett & White Funeral Homes. In Red Hook, call 845-758-5042, in Rhinebeck, call 845-876-3193.

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transparency in Stanford BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

As a Stanford councilwoman and the town’s supervisor-elect, Virginia Stern sure knows a lot about her town – and she’s determined to share this information with her constituents. During her three-year tenure as a councilwoman, Stern began sending an informational newsletter to constituents and led the charge to have town meetings videotaped and aired on television. When she assumes office as supervisor on Jan. 1, she plans to expand these efforts. “I feel very strongly … that giving information to the people you represent is of vital importance,” Stern said. Stern, a Democrat who was also endorsed by Conservatives, was elected supervisor in November, beating Republican Chris Flynn by 120 votes. She will be the first Democrat to hold the seat in many years, and will be the town’s first female supervisor. Stern replaces current Republican Supervisor Dave Tetor, who elected not to seek re-election. Stern says she would have sought the position regardless of whether she would have had to face the incumbent. “I felt I had worked very hard for three years to bring open, transparent, responsible government to the Town of Stanford,” she said. “I think I will be able to be more effective as supervisor.” Stern says the Town of Stanford government does not have a history of transparency or openness. Before she took office, she said, meetings were poorly attended and the public was ill-informed on government issues. She said she even met significant resistance in her initial efforts to have board meetings televised. She said she has worked hard to change this and will continue to do so as supervisor. “It’s not a partisan issue,” Stern said. “It’s an issue of good government.” One of her first tasks as supervisor will be to help select her replacement, as Stern’s council seat will be vacated when she assumes her new position. Currently, the board is made up of two Democrats and three Republicans, but come Jan. 1, it will be a two-two split. The four board members will be charged with appointing a replacement. “We will find someone who is acceptable to the majority of the four of us,” Stern said, adding certain residents have expressed an interest in the position but she is not yet ready to reveal names. Stern says she does not see her fellow board members in terms of their party affiliation, saying a diversity of opinion is good for any debate. “The best solutions for any issue are made when there’s a fulsome dialogue and

Stern. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

consensus is found,” she said. One issue she anticipates spending a great deal of time on is timely adoption of a comprehensive plan, a document Stern called the town’s “armament” to shape its growth. “I will ensure the committee (that is drafting the comprehensive plan) will be structured and focused on finishing this in as timely a fashion as possible,” Stern said. Another looming project is drafting plans to construct a new highway garage, which ultimately would be put to voters, Stern said. Stern says she also intends on studying and evaluating the work of each town committee to ensure efficiency, as well as re-evaluate board members’ liaison duties to improve committee reports. Also, she says she hopes to improve the town’s Web site and look into sharing purchases and services with neighboring communities. “I’m hoping people will find more accessibility to information, more responsiveness … and they will have more of a sense of inclusiveness,” she said of her hopes for her administration. “I think voters appreciate information. They want to know what’s going on. They have a stake in how their town is run.” Stern has been a Stanford resident since 1983 and lives in the town with her husband, Mark. She has three children, five grandchildren, two dogs and two cats. Professionally, Stern is a part-time social worker. She also volunteers as head of disaster mental health services for the Dutchess County Chapter of the American Red Cross. As supervisor, which is considered a part-time job in Stanford, Stern will earn about $15,100 per year. The board approved a $650 raise for the town supervisor for 2010, but Stern says she intends on giving the additional money back to the town.


Hudson Valley DECEMBER 9-15, 2009

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CELEBRATING LOCAL: MUSIC, THEATER, ART, FILM AND MORE

THE HEADLINERS: {P. 11} “SUGAR PLUMS AND NUTCRACKERS” IN RHINEBECK {P. 15} FREE MOVIE SHOWING IN RED HOOK {P. 16} HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS FOR ALL AGES

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Photo by Jay Grandin

{P. 12} ‘TWILIGHT’ EXECS SUCK THE BLOOD OUT OF DRACULA {P. 17} LITERARY GIFTS FOR LOVED ONES {P. 18} SHOULD “OLD DOGS” BY PUT OUT TO PASTURE?

’TIS THE SEASON TO

GET NUTS New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 12-13 • 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.| Saturday • 3 p.m.| Sunday • Tickets: $27, general;$24, students/senior Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. • 845-473-2072

BY DANA GAVIN

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I have to admit that it’s strange to me that everyone doesn’t participate in the ritual that is “The Nutcracker” every year. When I was 10, I performed in my first “Nuts,” as it was affectionately known. That role actually ushered me into my professional training as it were (I’d been dancing since I was 3), because being on stage was, for me, like breathing. All of my friends were dancers, so “The Nutcracker” was a natural seasonal ritual. Even today, as I maintain connections with those friends on Facebook (many of whom are now on Broadway, but some are still in regional/ city ballet companies) – they all begin kvetching about “Nutcracker” in September – from the incessant rehearsals, the sore and bloody feet and the aggravating costumes. > more on page 10

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EVENT LISTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY

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Hudson Valley Gamelan Winter Concert Fri., Dec. 11 @ 8 p.m. Hudson Valley Gamelan (HVG) performs its annual winter concert. The program features Balinese music and dance. The performance includes Balinese mask dances “Topeng Tua” and “Topeng Keras,” as well as a new musical composition by HVG artistic director Tjok Gde Arsa Artha. Suggested donation $10. Bard College, Olin Hall, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-679-8792 or 845-679-8624.

THIS WEEK DANCE

New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 12-13: Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. For the 12th season at the Bardavon, NPBT’s co-directors Peter and Lisa Naumann present the classic Christmas ballet featuring principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. Come along with Marie as she dreams of a fierce battle between giant mice and toy soldiers followed by a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets: $27, general; $24, students/senior. Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

EVENT Holiday Tea Musicales Dec. 10-12: 1 p.m. With soprano Rachel Cobb. Start with a tour of the Rosen House followed by a recital of Holiday favorites in the majestic Music Room which include several sing-alongs. A formal tea served in the decorated Summer Dining Room follows. Tickets: $55-43. Children 16, $29. Caramoor Center For Music And The Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-2325035, ext. 221.

MUSIC Annual Yuletide Concert Dec. 12-13: 2 p.m. An a capella and early music concert with Woodstock Renaissance. Overlook United Methodist Church, 233 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-9160.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 FILM

Student Audio-Visual Show 7:30 p.m. DCC’s Communication and Media Arts students show off their best work at this end-ofsemester feast for the eyes. Free. Dutchess Hall, Hall Theatre at Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8610.

MUSIC SUNY Ulster Community Band and Brass Choir Concert 7:30 p.m. Featuring variations on a Korean folk song: “Danzon;” variations on America, “Rondeau” and “Carol of the Bells” among other selections. Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5262.

NIGHTLIFE Dick Vincent 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Greg Aulden 6-9 p.m. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624 Lucky Tubb, Rented Mule, Lara Hope and the Champtones 7 p.m.-midnight. Country, roots. Cover: age 18 at the door, $2; advance, $10. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Walkway Over the Hudson 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the parking lot on the Highland side. This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. Free. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Thursday, Dec. 10 LECTURE

“Bert & Ida & Carl & Libbie: Four Lives in Archaeology” 5:30 p.m. Robert Pounder, professor emeritus of classics and currently special assistant to the President of Vassar College, reflects on the personal and professional lives of four archaeologists, two of whom were Vassar alumnae. Free. Taylor Hall (Room 203), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370.

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WINTER WONDERLAND

CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Of course, there’s a payoff in the end, because they return the following year to don snowflake costumes and start the process over again. Based on the intriguing short story by E.T.A. Hoffman, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” wasn’t intended to be a winter holiday ballet tradition at all. If you have not read the original short story, I humbly submit that you must. Maurice Sendak (he of “Where the Wild Things Are”) illustrated a gorgeous picture book of the tale – his art was also used to design the costumes of Pacific Dec. 12-13 Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” (an 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.| Saturday exceptional production). On my “to-see” 3 p.m.| Sunday list is also the Scottish National Ballet’s Tickets: $27, general; version, reportedly a faithful adaptation of Hoffman’s original darker themes $24, students/senior In the U.S., however, “The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Nutcracker” has become a frothy holiday Poughkeepsie. staple for ballet companies from coast to 845-473-2072 coast – it brings the most reliable ticket sales and it’s a show that incorporates a tremendous number of dancers of all ages. There is simply no limit to how many little mice will invade the Stahlbaum’s sitting room. I spoke with Peter Naumann about the New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s production, which will be presented at the Bardavon this weekend. New Paltz Ballet Theatre was founded in 1996 by Naumann and Lisa Chalmers-Naumann – that year, they presented their first “Nutcracker.” As with most student and pre-professional companies, professional dancers are invited to be guest artists, usually performing the Grande Pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. This year, audiences will be treated to new guest artists: As Naumann said, “Usually I use Nilas Martins from NYCB; however he was previously engaged at the Kennedy Center, and NYCB is doing a ‘Nutcracker’ at the same time at Lincoln Center.” The New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s production will feature two principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre: Alexei Agoudine and Violeta Angelova. Most principal classical dancers make their living in the off –time of winter by being guests of regional student companies. Of course, in this case, you have a regional company that is very near one of the centers of superior dance – therefore, local audiences get a chance to see the highest level of professionals. “I think that it’s a great opportunity,” said Naumann. “Anyone who is in ABT (American Ballet Theatre) or NYCB (New York City Ballet) or San Francisco are some of the best dancers in the world. This also gives my students, who make up the bulk of my company, an opportunity to work closely with dancers on that level.” Naumann said that approximately 70 students take to the Bardavon stage in the production, with the youngest around eight years old. “In the dance world, you must achieve a high level at a young age,” he said. You must also have a healthy sense of dedication: “We do auditions at the end of September and we rehearse every weekend of October and November until the performance in December – which is not that much time. But my students are well disciplined. I feel very fortunate that my students and their parents are able to make their commitment to achieve the kind of performance we’re able to put on.”

New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”

American Ballet Theatre dancer Alexei Agoudine. Photo submitted.


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MUSIC DCC Choral Holiday Concert. 12:30 p.m. Join the DCC Chorus and Madrigal singers conducted by Elizabeth Gerbi for this wonderful gala holiday show filled with holiday and sacred music. Free. DCC, Dutchess Hall, Hall Theatre, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8610.

A twist on the familiar BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

Director and choreographer Michele Ribble, in collaboration with The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, has created a new holiday show based on “The Nutcracker” titled “Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers.” The classical ballet and variety performance will feature some of the familiar fantastical elements (Christmas trees that grow forever) but mice might break out into hip-hop dance and soldiers might perform a tap routine. Ribble wrote the original libretto, which tells the story of a young girl named Zharah, who, with the audience, follows her dreams using the disciplines of classical ballet, classical jazz, rhythm tap, hip-hop and belly dance. “Sugarplums and Nutcrackers” features dancers and artists ranging in age from 7 to 67 from Dutchess, Ulster and Greene counties as well as Sharon, Conn. Kelly Preyer is the costumer for the production and props and scenery are by award-winning Broadway scenic artist Richard Prouse.

SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble Concert with Percussion Ensemble Winter Concert 7:30 p.m. Performing music written by some of the greatest jazz composers of all time, including works by Duke Ellington, Frank Foster and Charles Mingus. The band features students, community members and Ulster county music educators. Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5262.

NIGHTLIFE Acoustic Thursdays 6-8:30 p.m. $5, suggested donation. High Falls Café, Rte. 213 & Mohonk Rd., High Falls. 845687-2699. Five Star Karaoke 9 p.m. Juniors Lounge, 504 Salt Point Tpk., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-9237. James Mason 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. The Petey Hop Trio 8:30-11:30 p.m. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624.

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“Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers” Dec. 11-13 8 p.m. | Friday and Saturday 3 p.m. | Sunday The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck Tickets: $20, adults; $18, seniors and children. 845-876-3080

ASK 2nd Friday Film Series - 2009 Season 7 p.m. “Slaughterhouse Five” by George Roy Hill. Every second Friday of the month. ASK, the Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. Tickets: $5, suggested donation. 845-338-0331.

PERFORMANCE Hudson Valley Gamelan Winter Concert 8 p.m. Hudson Valley Gamelan (HVG) performs its annual winter concert. The program features Balinese music and dance. The performance includes Balinese mask dances “Topeng Tua” and “Topeng Keras,” as well as a new musical composition by HVG artistic director Tjok Gde Arsa Artha. Suggested donation $10. Bard College, Olin Hall, River Rd., Annandale-onHudson. 845-679-8792 or 845-679-8624.

NIGHTLIFE An Allman Brothers Tribute 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Brothers of the Road Band, & special guest, Yonrico Scott. $10 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. Anthony Nisi 8-11 p.m. Acoustic. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. Chris Trapper 7:30 p.m. Friends of Morton presents a special concert to benefit Morton Library. With special guest Erin Hobson. Tickets: $25, and available thru Marks Music Center, Rhinebeck. Call 845876-1006. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903. Chrissy Budzinski 6-8 p.m. Folk, acoustic. Main Street Restaurant, 244 Main St., Saugerties. Photos submitted

DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-4624000. Dusty Spokes Toy Drive 9 p.m.-midnight. Classic rock. With White Knuckle Rodeo, Blue Coyote, Concrete Sneakers and Blind Ambassadors. Free admission with new, unwrapped toy. $5 without. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. The Erin Hobson Compact 9 p.m. No cover. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590. Four Guys in Disguise 9:30 p.m. Rock. Hyde Park Brewery & Steakhouse, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. Holiday Music on the Hindustani Slide Guitar/ Veena 5-8 p.m. With Bhaav Ram. Half Moon Bookstore, North Front St., Kingston. James Krueger & Amy Soucy, Yankee Rose, Melissa Holland, Phil Miller and Betty Altmann 8-10 p.m. Folk, traditional. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9 and Church St., Hyde Park. The Jefferson Trio 7:30-10 p.m. Jazz. Admission: $5. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-7371701. John Mueller 8 p.m. Classic rock. River Station, 1 No. Water St., Poughkeepsie 845-452-9207. Johnny Dell 8 p.m. Adult humor and entertainment. Juniors Lounge, 504 Salt Point Tpk., Poughkeepsie. 845486-9237. Laurie Macallister of Red Molly 8-10 p.m. Singer-songwriter. Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287. Linda Shell Acoustic Duo 8-11 p.m. Singer-songwriter. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845485-8411. Mudbelly 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Blues. Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston. 845-331-2739. The New Lazy Boys 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Rick Z 7-10 p.m. Frank Guido’s Little Italy, 14 Thomas St., Kingston. 845-340-1682. Rhett Miller 9 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Rudy and his Band 8:30-11:30 p.m. Classic rock. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. Vixen Dogs Band 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Rock. Pickwick Pub, 698 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-943-1151

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 11 5-8 p.m. Artists reception. Holiday show features hand-made ornaments, cards, fine art landscapes, photography and more. Through December. Hours: Fri.-Wed., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-8 p.m. RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-2880. Dia: Beacon Community Free Days 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents of Ulster County are invited to visit Dia: Beacon free of charge. Admission: $10, non-residents. Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845440-0100, ext. 44. Second Saturday Beacon Noon-9 p.m. Great art, gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites and entertainment. City-wide celebration of the arts, second Sat. monthly. Free. Main St., west end, Beacon. 845-546-6222.

BENEFIT “Winter Lights: Celebrations Around the World!” 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. 100% of proceeds benefit Dutchess Outreach and the CIA scholarship fund. Tickets: $60. Culinary Institute of America Student Recreation Center, 1946 Campus Dr. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-905-4674.

EVENT Cookie Walk Sale 9 a.m. Cookie sale for the holiday season. Benefits disabled and the church. Free. Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-2473.

LECTURE Joe Schiavone 10:30 a.m. The author of the new book “More of the Old Put…” a sequel to his best seller “The Old Put…” takes the audience on a trip on the Old Put discussing history, station stops and fond memories. Included in the lecture is the showing of new rare film footage of steam and diesel trains on the Put. Southeast Museum, 67 Main St., Brewster. 845-279-7500.

MUSIC Frances Kramer 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Gospel Café 8 p.m. Featuring Brothers of Gideon. Host, Lyna Pritchett. Reggae & jazz gospel music in a coffeehouse setting; refreshments available.

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Tickets: $10. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. Katerina Hope 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500. Smithfield Presbyterian Church Holiday Concert and Tea 4 p.m. With Finley and Pagdon. Smithfield Presbyterian Church, Amenia.

NIGHTLIFE Big Kahuna 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 cover. Café Internationale at The Ramada Inn, 1289 Rte. 300, Newburgh. 845567-9429. Brian Dougherty Band 9 p.m.-midnight. Jazz. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-4858411. The Crossroads Band 9:30 p.m. Classic rock. Copperfields, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-8188. Deb Martin 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. John Street Jam 7:30-10 p.m. With Rusty Boris, Bob Lusk, Meg Braun, Albert DelRio, Todd Giudice, Kimberly, Michael Sackler-Berner and Kelleigh McKenzie. Dutch Arms Chapel, 16 John St., Saugerties. 845-943-6720. Livingston Taylor 9 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Madd Dogg Juniors Lounge, Salt Point Tpk., Poughkeepsie. 845- 486-9237. Mighty Girl 8-10 p.m. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, 311 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845- 534-4717. MultiCultural XmasKwaNaka Solstice Celebration 8-11 p.m. Acoustic. Tickets: $10. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, 71 O’Neil St, Kingston. www. AirStudioGallery.com. Organic Rock > more on page 14

DIRECTOR OR PROGRAMS, DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL

Greetings and happy holidays to all from the Arts Council. There are many, many ways to wile away the hours these days with artistic pursuits. Here is a small collection of great events currently funded by the Dutchess County Arts Council and happening in the next couple weeks. Support your local artists and have some fun while you’re at it! More information about these events and many others can be found on our online calendar by visiting www.artsmidhudson.org. • The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck presents “A Christmas Carol” - a new twist on Charles Dickens’ classic tale featuring Scrooge, the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, some unusual ghosts and your favorite holiday carols. This is a CENTERstage Production directed by Lou Trapani, and runs from Dec. 18 through 20. For information about the show go to the center’s Web site: www.centerforperformingarts.org. • Catskill Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker.” Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale, the 27th “Nutcracker” will be performed at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) from Dec. 11 through 13. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com. • Trail Mix Concerts presents Amy Sue Barston, celloist, and Ieva Jokubaviciute, pianist, on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. The concert features Chopin, Debussy, Golijov, Summer & Janacek at the Olive Library. For more information, visit www.trailmixmusic. org. • Mount Gulian hosts its annual candlelight tours of the historic site that has been beautifully decorated for the holidays on Sunday, Dec. 13. Tours run from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 845-831-8172. • Pawling Concert Series presents Imani Winds, a wind quartet, on Dec. 18. For more information, call 845-855-3100 or go to www.pawlingconcertseries.org. • Cocoon Theatre presents “This Night To Remember - Magical Adventures on Christmas Eve” on Dec. 18 through 20. This annual event features an original musical performed by students ages seven through 11 and adult cast members. This program is suitable for all ages. For more information, call 845-876-6470 or visit www. cocoontheatre.org.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN

• Summit Entertainment is trying to capitalize on the mammoth success of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” by developing an action-adventure spin on the Dracula legend. Tentatively titled “Vlad,” and written by actor Charlie Hunnam, the studio has approached music video director and photographer Anthony Mandler (most known for Rihanna’s “Disturbia” video) to direct the story of Dracula as a young warring prince. Who hopefully doesn’t sparkle. • The lead singer of Weezer was involved in a bus accident on I-90, about 40 miles west of Albany, on Sunday morning. Rivers Cuomo (along with his infant daughter, wife, nanny and assistant) was riding in the bus when it hit a patch of black ice and fishtailed. Despite taking out a guardrail, the bus didn’t flip, and only Cuomo and his assistant were injured. It’s been suggested the Cuomo cracked a few ribs, but amazingly escaped more serious injury. Insert your worst “Coulda really been Buddy Holly” jokes here. The rest of the December “Raditude” tour has been cancelled. • More from the “Stay Classy, People” files: It’s being reported that Vivid Entertainment is offering $1 million to any of Tiger Woods’ former mistresses if they’d be willing to further embarrass and debase themselves by discussing any affairs on camera. Vivid wants to make movies about this – we hope there aren’t any dramatic re-enactments. • Director McG told fans in a live chat recently that he’s still planning on directing the fifth and sixth “Terminator” movies. What plot threads are still left hanging? What aspect of John Connor hasn’t been explored? Can we get an epic cross-over with “Predator” and Freddy Krueger? • Connecticut’s Old State House is getting busted by “Ghost Hunters” this Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on the SyFy network – apparently, the dynamic duo of Jason and Grant have wanted to explore the site for a long time, and just conducted their paranormal investigation in early October. We’ll watch this one with the lights on.

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Step away from the eggnog! A very festive house on Main Street, Poughkeepsie. Photo by Jim Langan.

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OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike – Old Minnewaska Trail Loop 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike, led by John Upton (845-229-6217). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free to Mohonk Preserve members; $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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PERFORMANCE An Evening of Song and Comedy 8 p.m. Starring Joe Veillette, Jerry Mitnick and Kimberly Kay. Arts Society of Kingston, ASK, 97 Broadway, Kingston. Suggested donation: $15; $12 for members. 845-338-0331. No Strings Marionette Co. Puppet Shows Two performances: “Wasabi…A Dragon’s Tale” at 1 p.m. and “The Hobbit” at 4 p.m. Children admitted free, but must be accompanied by adult, suggested $10 donation. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-889-4988.

THEATER “There’s a Monster in My Closet!” Dec. 12-14: Fri. 7:30 p.m.: Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Community Children’s Theatre of Dutchess County performs the musical adaptation of the book. Children of all ages enjoy this lively, funfilled musical. Tickets: $9, general; $6, children. Spackenkill Hill School, 112 Spackenkill Rd., Poughkeepsie. “The Three Wishes“ and “A Holiday Fantasy” 1 p.m. With Spring Valley Puppet Theater. Ticket prices: $5, members; $8, non-members. Call Unison at 845-255-1559 to order tickets in advance. New Paltz Community Center, Rte. 32 North, New Paltz.

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EVENT Christmas Party 1 p.m. Live music by the Mountain Tops. Dinner buffet served at 2 p.m. Call for reservations. German-American Club of Albany, 32 Cherry Street, Albany. 518-265-6102.

FILM “Rotron in Woodstock” 4 p.m. This short film, made by James Trainor in 1960, provides an intriguing period look at the Woodstock of half a century ago, and perhaps a glimpse of some familiar faces. It will be followed by a slideshow presenting some of Rotron’s products at work, and a discussion of the issues raised by the prominent presence in the Woodstock community of this military contractor. Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock. 845679-5342.

HISTORICAL Open House at Mesier Homestead 1-4 p.m. Enjoy the cookies and punch while you tour the premises with knowledgeable tour guides. Learn the history of the Homestead and the importance of maintaining the historical background of this unique home and its origin. Free admission. Mesier Homestead, Wappingers Falls. wappingershistoricalsociety.org. 845-4309520.

MUSIC Bob Lusk 1-3 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Fourth Annual Classical Christmas Concert 3 p.m. Professional musicians from the MidHudson Valley join together to celebrate the advent season and to raise money for The Red Hook Ministerium Fund. St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd. North, Red Hook. 845758-1184. Holiday Music on the Hindustani Slide Guitar 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. “Lessons and Carols “ 4 p.m. Featuring the First Baptist Choir and Glory Ringers. First Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie, 260 Mill St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-1340. The Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Ensemble 2-5 p.m. Gospel. Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

Owl Pellet Workshop for Families 10 a.m.-noon. Join Gayle Turowski, Mohonk preserve volunteer, and learn all about owls, then unravel the mystery of what they eat by examining bones and other prey remains in their pellets. Ages 7 and up; children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Reservations required. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Stephen Clair 1-3 p.m. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287.

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Big Kahuna 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 cover. Café Internationale at The Ramada Inn, 1289 Rte. 300, Newburgh. 845567-9429.

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Keum Won Chang 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. Exhibition runs through Jan. 10. Call for regular gallery hours. Unison Gallery at Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

DANCE Ballroom/Latin Dance Party 6 p.m. With Esther and Ben. The party features: dining, dancing, Santa, show, sing-along and more. Bring a covered dish. Donation. Singles {14} december 9, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

and couples welcome. Pleasant Valley Town Hall, Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley. 845-635-3341.

Steve Chizmadia Noon- 2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate & Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500.

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Phil Ochs 7:30 p.m. Hosted By Phil’s sister, Sonny Ochs. Featuring Kim & Reggi Harris, Greg Greenway, Magpie, John Flynn, Jeffry Braun and Steve Kirkman. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

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Theater offers free movies to celebrate holidays BY HV NEWS STAFF If you live in northern Dutchess County, there are lots of wonderful things you can count on every winter. The villages will be beautifully decorated, the sledding at Burger Hill will be top-notch and the local churches and community groups will start hosting their many memorable holiday events. Another event that has become a mainstay of the holiday celebration in the area, though, is the free holiday movies screened for the public at the Lyceum Six Cinemas in Red Hook. For 18 years now, the Lyceum has opened the theater to the public for free for one evening a year to celebrate the holidays. The event is extremely popular, drawing moviegoers from far and wide. This year, the Lyceum has teamed up with Rhinebeck Savings Bank and the merchants of Hardscrabble Center on Route 9 to offer two free movies on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10:15 a.m. Santa will be on hand at the Lyceum when the doors open at 9:30 a.m. and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. This year, the films “Elf” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” will be offered. “Elf,” rated PG, stars Will Ferrell and Ed Asner and is about a full-sized man who is raised by Santa’s elves. “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” also rated PG, stars Jason Lee and is about a struggling songwriter who finds success with the help of a trio of singing chipmunks. Both films will be screened simultaneously, so moviegoers will have to choose which movie they want to watch. Parents are welcome to attend the films with their children, or may drop them off and pick them up afterwards. A total of 800 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free, but tickets must be obtained in advance from any of the following local merchants: Movies To Go, Holy Cow, F&M Printing, Hana Sushi, Carol’s Cutting Edge, Subway, Uncle Chippies Burger Shop or Butler & Sons. You can also pick up tickets at the Rhinebeck Savings Bank Red Hook branch. Everyone who attends a movie is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for collection by the Dutchess County Community Action Agency office in Red Hook for distribution to needy families in the area. Those who do not plan to attend a movie but wish to donate food items may do so anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. Lyceum Six Cinemas is located at 7270 South Broadway, Red Hook. More information can be obtained by calling 845-7583322.

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Monday, Dec. 14 NIGHTLIFE

Josh Tyler 7-9 p.m. Blues, Country, and Folk/Traditional. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

6-9 p.m. With Ed Rocks and Daryl Magill. Serving family style dinner at $13.00 per person. Cash bar. For reservations call Lou DeCicco at 845-3383972. St. Mary’s Hall, 188 North St., Kingston.

MUSIC Bard College Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers 8 p.m. Includes choral works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass.” Tickets: $5, general; free for Bard students and children 12 and under Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic Night with host Chrissy Budzinski 7-9 p.m. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

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Wednesday, Dec. 16

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Candlelight Tours 3-7 p.m. Home is decorated for the holidays with lots of ribbons, bows, fresh greens nuts and berries, all aglow in candlelight. Holiday refreshments with their compliments. Reservations not required. Tickets: $8, general; $6, senior; $4, children. Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling St., Beacon. 845-831-8172.

general; $10, child. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. “Lego Santa with Brick Kids!” Noon-3 p.m. Children can help build a big Lego Santa with Brick Kids. Parents can holiday shop the Plaza’s specialty shops. Free. Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2600 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-471-4265.

Candlelight Tours of Clermont 3-6 p.m. Tours, including a roaring fire. Call for reservations. Tickets: $5, general; $4, senior; under 12, free. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240.

Nativity Scene Display Dec. 12-25: Mon.-Fri. 2-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m. View more than 100 Nativity scenes from the world over. Free. Mariapolis Luminosa of the Focolare Movement., 200 Cardinal Rd., Hyde Park. Focolare.us. 845-2290230, ext. 133.

A Christmas Performance at Luminosa Dec. 12-13: Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Go back in time and enjoy a 1940s style radio show depicting a timeless and universally loved Christmas story, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tickets: $20, general; $15, senior/student; $45, family with kids under 14. Mariapolis Luminosa of the Focolare Movement., 200 Cardinal Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-0230, ext. 133. A Concert of Memory and Rededication 7 p.m. On the second night of Chanukah, the Kol Levi Quartet from Framingham, Mass., performs a benefit concert. Cantor Scott & Francene Sokol and Larry &Jill Sandberg perform all varieties of Jewish choral music in “Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit: A Concert of Memory and Rededication” in memory of Cantor Scott’s father, Dr. David Sokol, and in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the BHA sanctuary. Tickets: $25, open seating. $36, reserved section seating at concert and after-concert dessert buffet with the artists. Beacon Hebrew Alliance, 477 Main St., Beacon. BeaconHebrewAlliance.org. 845831-2012. Holiday Open House & Mansion Tours 6-9 p.m. Enjoy the mansion, lavishly decorated for a “Gilded Age” holiday season. Refreshments & music. Free admission all day. 11/27-12/31, tours daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Tickets: $8. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, 4097 Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115 or 800-FDR-VISIT. Holiday Festivities & Tree Lightings 1 p.m. Not-to-be-missed is the annual Yuletide Tea, a seasonal mainstay for area tea enthusiasts. Afternoon affair with fine tea, finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and cookies. Call for reservations as seating is limited. Tickets: $25,

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Rick Adam’s Holiday Parade 11 a.m. Adam performs his entertaining vaudeville act, highlighted with songs and stories of snow, sledding, winter, and the holiday season. Free. Dutchess Community College, Dutchess Hall, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000. Winter Holiday Party 1-3 p.m. Arts and crafts for kids ages 3-11 in a winter wonderland with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers. Free. Town Hall, 807 Rte. 52, Fishkill. 845-831-3371. Winterfest 3-5 p.m. Music and entertainment, food, crafts & activities. Horse and carriage rides available. Tree lighting. Free. 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli. TivoliNY. org. 845-757-2021.

Sunday, Dec. 13 “The Hearth at Headquarters” 3-6 p.m. Costumed historic interpreters greet visitors in the seasonally decorated rooms of the Hasbrouck House. The Salmagundi Trio will perform 18th century music, adding to the holiday atmosphere of the occasion. Admission: $4. Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195. Holiday Arts for Children 1-3 p.m. For children ages 5-8. Registration required. $12, members; $15, non-members. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

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student; under age 12, free. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. Holiday Spirit Festival Through Dec. 27. The Hudson Valley’s original, one-of-a-kind family holiday event. See Forest of Lights, Winter Wonderland animated displays, Polar Express train display, 4-D Gingerbread Boy Adventure, shows and more. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $10, ages 11 & up; $6, ages 2-10, under 2 free. Group discounts available. Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. holidayspiritfestival.com. 845-297-XMAS. Holiday Tea Musicales Dec. 10-11: 1 p.m. With Master Singers of Westchester. Start with a tour of the Rosen House followed by a recital of Holiday favorites in the majestic Music Room which include several sing-alongs. A formal tea served in the decorated Summer Dining Room follows Tickets: $55-43. Children 16, $29. Caramoor Center for Music And The Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-232-5035, ext. 221. “Holiday Whodunit” Through Dec. 27. The clock turns back 100 years each Christmas, and young detectives roam the mansion, interviewing Mrs. Mills’ guests and servants (docents in period costume) to solve a Gilded Age mystery. This year features “The Case of the Filched Fulton.” Geared for 6-12 years old. Every Sun., 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $5, general; $4, senior, student; age 12 and under, free. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. Staatsburgh.org. 845-889-8851. “A Hunt for ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Through Dec. 20. Families are invited to search the house for the sleeping mouse, stockings & sugar plums. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Performance times: 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $7, child. Locust Grove Estate, 2361 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-4544500, ext. 17. Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers Dec. 11-13. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. & Sun., 3 p.m. The premiere performance of a fairy tale ballet based on Tchaikovsky’s classic, “The Nutcracker.” CENTERstage Production directed and choreographed by Michele Ribble features a company of area favorites. Tickets: $20, general; $18, senior & children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845- 876-3080.

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B BOOKS for Christmas! I been a terrific season for books. It’s Do your book shopping early, wash you hands carefully, read the books your be before you wrap them. They’ll never know. Let’s start with novels – two very b ones. Even readers who normally big d disdain the works of Stephen King will be unable to resist his big new novel, “Under the Dome” (Scribner, $35). Imagine – you wake up one morning and your halcyon village (Rhinebeck, pe perhaps, or Millbrook) is trapped beneat th a glass dome. Nobody can get beneath in; nob nobody can get out. Such an event brings out the worst in some peop people; yes, there are villains, including corrupt politicians and lawmakers. The air inside the dome is deteriorating and soon, the town begins running out of supplies. How did the dome get there? And why? Lovers of historical fiction will want to curl up, as this reader did, with Hilary Mantel’s big novel about Henry VIII, “Wolf Hall” (Holt, $27). Focusing on the period between 1527 and 1535, this is the story of the king’s dumping of Katherine of Aragon, making Anne Boleyn his queen, and making himself the head of the church. The story centers on Thomas Cromwell (great-greatgranduncle of Oliver), who is the king’s adviser. And remember Thomas More, the “man for all seasons?” This picture of him is decidedly different. And then there’s Cardinal Wolsey, who once remarked: “Try always to learn what people wear under their clothes, for it’s not just their skin ... Turn the king inside out and you will fine his scaly ancestors, his warm, solid, serpentine flesh.” If you want to wallow in gossip, dinner-party life in Manhattan peopled by folks with names like Bratsie Bleeker and Herkie Saybrook, pick up a copy of Dominick Dunne’s last novel (he died, alas, in August), “Too Much Money” (Crown, $26). More on this one next week: I’m still wallowing. Every year, there’s at least one book about the celebration of Christmas, and this year it’s “Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present” by Hank Steuver (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24). “Tinsel” is a story about spending and consuming, about people living in a land of malls, new houses, big churches, huge highways and about “our weird economy, our modern sense of home, our oft-broken hearts, and our notions of God.” The author, a reporter, chose several people to write about. “My approach to this kind of nonfiction,” he said in an interview, “is to listen, listen, listen.” He ended up with the idea of Christmas as a metaphor for so much in our lives. “What surprised me most,” he said, “is that Christmas can still make me cry.” Gotta have a book about dogs, and here’s a delightful one: “To the Rescue – Found Dogs with a Mission” by Elise Lufkin, photographs by Diana Walker (Skyhorse Publishing, $19.95).The author, an animal adoption activist, has seen many special relationships blossom when dogs are adopted. Now, in her third book, she focuses on stories about animals bringing comfort to people in need – therapy animals; trained service dogs; search-and-rescue dogs; dogs that have learned to detect bombs, narcotics, even bedbugs. (All the proceeds from this book will be donated to animal welfare organizations). And let’s not forget the elephants. Lawrence Anthony’s “The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild” (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) is the story of preserving a rogue herd of African elephants on a wildlife preserve. And here’s one for the foodie on your list: “Best Food Writing 2009,” edited by Holly Hughes (Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books, $15.95). This one features the writing of culinary prose by such food experts as Marcella Hazan, Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin and many

more. This is the 10th anniversary edition of a “feast of culinary prose,” the perfect gift for gourmands, gourmets and grazers. There’s even a tribute to Marshmallow Fluff. Need a little inspiration? Eckhart Tolle has gathered selections from his longtime bestseller into a special little volume, “Oneness With All Life: Inspirational Selections from A New Earth” (Plume, $16). He has chosen the “gems” – passages to savor and absorb – with the theme that “Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that.” History buffs will treasure a copy of Rick Atkinson’s “The Long Gray Line – The American Journey of West Point’s Class of 1966” (20th anniversary edition, Holt Paperbacks, $17) with a new foreword by the author. In the 20 years since this book was published, the men of the class of ’66 have become grandfathers. Atkinson tells the story through the experiences of three classmates and the women they loved ... and the terrible war they fought in Vietnam. If someone on your list likes graphic novels, you might pick up a copy of “Area 10” by Christos N. Gage, art by Chris Samnee (Vertigo Crime/DC Comics, $19.99). The book asks the question, “If being able to see the past, present, and future require drilling a hole in your skull, would you do it?” For one New York cop, the choice is about to be made for him, as he tries to bring down a decapitating serial killer known as “Henry the Eighth” – didn’t we hear from him earlier in this column? Also from Vertigo is another fascinating book, “Peter & Max, a Fables Novel” by Bill Willingham, illustrations by Steve Leialoha ($22.99). Based on the Fables series of comics, it tells the dark story of brothers Peter Piper (of Pickled Pepper fame) who’s married to Bo-Peep, and Max Piper, the Pied Piper of Hamelin. These fairy tale folk – who refer to the rest of us as “mundys” (short for mundane) hang out in an upstate farm along with a talking duck, a cow that can jump over the moon, and ... you get it. Dark magic ... sibling rivalry ... revenge. This is a grown-up version of our most beloved characters from childhood. And what would the holidays be without a vampire or two? Put aside the Twilight series for a while and enjoy the return of the vampire Count Saint-Germain in “Burning Shadows, a SaintGermain Novel” by Chelea Quinn Yarbro (Tor/Forge $27.99), the newest in the series that combines horror and historical fiction, featuring a “good” vampire – cultured, articulate, mysterious, a defender of morality in a world where the mortal beings are the real forces of darkness. And how about a paranormal romance with a touch of the erotic? Be the first in your book group to sample this new series by Charlene Teglia – “Claimed by the Wolf – A Shadow Guardians Novel” (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13.99). “They guard the five gateways of the world – a vampire, a werewolf, a demon, a dragon, and a Fae, alpha-males united to protect humanity from the dark forces of the underworld ...” An apprentice witch has accidentally opened a doorway to the underworld and let loose hordes of demons. Let’s end with a mystery, a cozy one with chick-lit overtones, the third in the “Murder 101” series; “Final Exam” by Maggie Barbieri (Minotaur Books, $24.99). It takes place in a small college just up the river from New York City and features a sleuthing professor and her NYPD detective boyfriend. I’ll end with a book I’m reading, slowly and happily, as an antidote to Dominick Dunne’s novel (it’s fun to read two books at a time) – Gillian Gill’s “We Two: Victoria and Albert, Rulers, Partners, Rivals” (Ballantine Books, $18), one of the greatest love stories of all time. Happy reading, and happy giving! Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.

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about three or four loose ideas for plots at work here, and I kept thinking that maybe – just maybe – if Becker would have chosen one thread and gotten a writer who could handle sharp dialogue and … you know … write funny stuff, this wouldn’t have been a lump of coal. For example, Robin Williams and John Travolta, as Dan and Charlie (respectively), could have run with the idea of these life-long friends hitting the road bumps of getting older. One bit had them standing in front of their bathroom cabinets, riffing on the unfortunate side effects of all the different medications they have to take now that they’re mature fellows (no matter how much they wish to be cool-cat playboys). Unfortunately, even as I smirked, I knew for sure this fleeting moment of wit was only setting up some stupid gag of ludicrous proportion. Swing and miss. I wanted to like the inclusion of Seth Green (for whom I still harbor mad love, from his days on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and his wicked show “Robot Chicken”) as the ambitious protégé of Dan and Charlie (who run some sports marketing firm). Green’s charisma only underscored how much he’s wasted in the movie. Travolta and Williams had moment of whimsy in the role of “mentor” to Green, and I thought that, again, maybe if the movie would have been about the guys passing the torch to the new crew, it could have worked. But, alas, no. Kelly Preston, who demonstrated her own comedy chops in “Jerry Maguire” oh so long ago, plays some kind of loopy gal who has a fling with Williams, disappears and returns seven years later with two mediocre child actors in tow. Recalling “Jerry Maguire” is actually useful here, because in all the ways that the little moppet Jonathan Lipnicki charmed and added to the overall thematic narrative of the main character’s arch … that’s precisely how little these kids contributed and how much they drained all of the energy right out of the movie. Let me be clear: this isn’t to say Conner Rayburn and Ella Bleu Travolta couldn’t have done very well with a little bit of good scripting. Everyone in this unfunny sloppy mess was undercut by a script that offered no interesting characters, no twists in the plot, not much funny beyond two golf balls to crotches, and no reason to really care or even stay in the chair (except to finish my popcorn).


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SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): You operate with very strong convictions, and right now, they are close to the surface and visible to all whether you realize it or not. If someone doesn’t like what you stand for, you shouldn’t waste time trying to offer them sound reasoning – they aren’t going to be receptive right now.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): There’s a person in your sphere right now who can be instrumental in helping you achieve a long-term goal. The chemistry between you two might lead to romance or, more simply, a great partner on whom you can definitely depend.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): This week, you are in super-person mode, getting tasks done in record time. Don’t be surprised if others aren’t quite as enthusiastic – just focus on getting your own work done before you try to engage them in your thoroughly productive mentality.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): You are more emotionally tuned into a close friend or partner right now – you’re seeing below the surface and into their real fears and motivations. Be sensitive to how you broach delicate subjects with them, but your perceptive nature right now might give you the opportunity to reach out in a tremendously meaningful way.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You feel particularly disconnected right now, as if you’re afloat without an anchor. This is a good time to go back to your roots and remind yourself where you come from to get a grip on what you want from your future.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): If you’ve been putting off a car problem, or you’ve been toying with the idea of ride-sharing, this is the week to deal with your transportation issues. Don’t worry yourself silly – ask a partner or a family member for advice and assistance. You’re prepared to handle the situation maturely, but sometimes, we all need help.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You need to take some time to focus on you right now. It’s not about being selfish and callous to the needs of others, but it is about making sure that you are healthy and being honest with yourself. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Don’t be shy when others take note of your exceptional accomplishments this week. Normally you like to stay out of the limelight, but you’ve absolutely earned the praise, so be gracious and let yourself enjoy it.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You’re wearing your emotions on your sleeve right now, and you’re more easily affected by the thoughtless words of others than usual. It’s perfectly fine to trim your social circle right now to only those nearest and dearest. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You’ve got a gift for seeing patterns – use that talent to help someone who is feeling particularly lost. You don’t have to solve their problems for them, but you can offer them shrewd advice that might give them the confidence they need to take a big step.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): A good friend or partner is having trouble seeing the positive aspect of a difficult situation – you, however, recognize the inherent silver lining. Without saying “I told you so,” try to gently point out how things could work out in their favor if they take some personal responsibility.

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Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis loses it BY ALLISON BURKE Former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis is mistaken. Seriously. If he thinks the reason he is being scrutinized by the media is not because of his track record, it is. After being fired last week, IrishIllustrated.com asked Weis on Sunday if he was “frustrated” by how he is portrayed in contrast to Southern California coach Pete Carroll. “Let me ask you this question,” Weis answered reporters, according to a transcript from IrishIllustrated.com Senior Editor Tim Prister. “You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house?” What? Since when is Carroll, married with three children and a grandchild, having an affair with a USC graduate student? Did Weis just spout off in frustration, or is this breaking news? Well, Weis broke news, but not of Carroll, rather, he took a shot at Carroll. In the same day, Weis apologized to Carroll for his comment. Weis insists his comment was taken “totally out of context” and

SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

• If you turn off your phones and iPods for a moment and tilt your ear in the general direction of Scottsdale, the sound you hear is Phil Mickelson chortling. Phil has been noticeable by his absence from the cacophony of public reaction to the Tiger Woods story. He doesn’t have to say a word. • I was at the FBR Open in Arizona a few years ago when rumors of Phil’s infidelity and a lovechild swept the courtesy tents. I had a guy who was in a position to know things tell me Phil would be holding a news conference after the tournament to “fess up” and get ahead of the story. Funny how things turn out. • Do you think Eliot Spitzer’s getting a little tired of all these cheating scandals? Just when he thinks it’s clear to stick his nose back into the public arena, along comes another cheating

that he meant no offense. But it is too late. Weis continued to suggest that media is tougher on him than Carroll. “You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news,” Weis said. “He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand.” What’s not to understand? Carroll beats Weis, on the football field and in the press. Sports journalists don’t criticize winners for no reason. Instead, they analyze failures. Weis leads Notre Dame 6-6 this season. He was 35-27 in five seasons, with only one bowl win. The Irish were destroyed in two BSC bowls. Weis never beat USC. And Notre Dame must pay him millions of dollars even though he did not bring the prestigious program back to its glory days. “I talked to Charlie, and he wants to set the record straight,” Carroll told the Los Angeles Times. “He apologized profusely for being represented wrongly. I’m not dog and hooker Ashley Dupre walks back on the stage. • The World Cup held its draw for the 2010 competition. Snooze. I defy anyone to name me one member of the U.S. soccer team. Maybe they could play the Presidents Cup as a companion event. • Looks like Tiger Woods isn’t the only sports star having marital problems. Shaquille O’Neal’s wife, Va’Shaundry, is kicking Shaq to the curb and clearly intends to have a big payday. Even though the couple has made their home in Florida for years, Va’Shaundra flew to Los Angeles in November in a pathetic attempt to establish legal residency so as to take advantage of California’s generous community property laws. Can you say money grubbing bimbo? By the way … who names a child Va’Shaundra? • The Jaybird is looking forward to Wednesday’s big game between Marist women’s basketball and the 18th-

sins,” Weis asked of reporters, referring to a controversial 2006 “60 Minutes” profile that showed him swearing. The bottom line is Weis could not win, and that is why he is criticized. This might be a tough pill to swallow for Weis, who was the Patriots Dynasty’s former offensive guru, but mouthing off is not helping. It is hurting. Hurting Weis’ job search. What collegiate athletic director wants a bitter leader for their football program? How can Weis pull off an NFL comeback if he is worried about whether the media likes him or not? To be fair to Weis, the question put him in a position to describe his frustration, but calling attention to your rival coaches’ Internet rumors is not a proper response. Do yourself a favor, Weis. Await your buyout, plan your next career move, and bite your tongue before giving ammunition to a media who already criticizes your performance.

commenting anymore.” Carroll should not, and does not need to comment anymore. He, on the other hand, suffered a “bad” year for 8-4 USC. The Trojans will play Boston College in the Emerald Bowl, while the Irish sit at home after refusing a lower-tier bowl offer. But, Weis was not represented wrongly, he was complaining the media treats him unfairly compared to Carroll and other Allison Burke is a student-athlete at successful coaches, for that matter. Marist and member of the Red Foxes “Why is it OK for one guy to do things volleyball team. like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my

ranked Oklahoma Sooners.. The Lady Foxes led the MAAC last year in home attendance. • It didn’t get much press, ess, but Hofstra announced last ast week it was disbanding its football program for financial ial reasons. That’s too bad as it’s been a strong program m and put more than a few w guys in the NFL, including g Wayne Chebret of the Jets. • Hofstra wasn’t the only school to pull the plug on its football program. In Boston, Northeastern n University terminated the football ootball team Nov. 23. The Jaybird has to o believe the horrible economic environment played l d a role at both schools. • Alabama took a bite out of the Florida Gators national title hopes by smoking them Saturday night. Tim Tebow looked remarkably mortal in defeat.

• Fi Finally, ll we normally ll leave the movie reviews to our Weekend wizards, but if you haven’t seen “The Blind Side,” head over to your local Lyceum Cinema. It’s a sports-related movie, but you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy it. And it’s based on a true story!

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Clinton

BY RAY OBERLY

2010 RECYCLING STICKERS The 2010 recycling and recreation park stickers are available for sale only at the town clerk’s office. They are not sold at the recycling center on Saturday mornings. Stickers cost $5 for the first car and $2 for each additional car. Senior citizens (over 60 years old) get the first sticker free, while additional stickers cost $2. Please bring the license plate number(s) of the car(s)/truck(s) you will be using at the recycling center when you register for the stickers. Stickers are limited to Town of Clinton residents. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 845-266-5853.

DEER HUNTING SEASON ENDS The local deer shotgun hunting season ends on Sunday, Dec. 13. Muzzle-load hunting ends on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

BLOOD DRIVE The Clinton Alliance Church is sponsoring an “In Honor of Eloise” blood drive on Friday, Dec. 18 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church hall next to the church. Sign-up sheets are located at the church and walk-ins are also welcomed. Please donate to help reduce the current blood shortage and to help Eloise, a Clinton Alliance Church member who was recently diagnosed with cancer and has already received blood donations as part of her treatment. Please come and donate in her honor and know that you are helping someone like Eloise this holiday season. You are giving the ultimate gift. You can donate blood if you are 16 to 75 years of age, healthy (most medications are OK), and have positive ID. Please eat and drink before donating. For questions on the donation process and technical requirements, call the New York Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900. For any other questions or to make a blood donation appointment, call Ray Joyce at 845266-5526. The Clinton Alliance Church is located at 1192 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville) in the Town of Clinton.

ULCS CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Upton Lake Christian School will present its free Christmas concert, “A Child is Born,” on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The concert will be given in the Evangelical Free Church, which is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, one mile east of

the Taconic State Parkway) in the Hamlet of Clinton Corners. For more information, call the office at 845-266-3497.

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SANTA RUN West Clinton Fire Company 1 will be holding its annual Santa Run through the community on Saturday, Dec. 19, (rain/snow date is Sunday, Dec. 20) afternoon. Santa will be riding the fire truck and distributing presents to the children. It is requested that parents accompany their children so they are under control during the visit by Santa. Bring your cameras and camcorders to take pictures of this event. Do not despair if Santa is a bit late, as crowds and road conditions may cause delays. Stops are usually at road intersections. The route starts at 12:30 p.m. at Toad Hall on Hollow Road in Frost Mills, Clyde Court, Meadows Court (both off Route 9G), Hollow Road at East Cookingham Drive, Tina Court development, Quaker Hill Estates, Shaker Lane at Quaker Hill Lane, Shaker Lane at William Penn Court, Guerney Drive at Pennington Drive, Quaker Lane at East Fallkill Road, Walnut Lane at Meadowbrook Lane, Deer Ridge, Schultz Hill Road, Fiddlers Bridge Road and then back to the firehouse on Hollow Road. For rain date information, call the firehouse at 845-889-4444.

ALLIANCE CHURCH CONCERTS The Clinton Alliance Church will present three special concerts of worship by Paul Heffron, a dedicated Christian musician. From classical to contemporary, Paul’s exemplary training at the Boston Conservatory and experience with the Arlington Philharmonic and Boston Conservatory Orchestra belies the warm and personal style of his compositions and performance. This will be an enjoyable and memorable event for everyone. The concerts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and at Sunday services on Dec. 20 at 9 and 10:40 a.m. A special Christmas cookie fellowship will be held at 10 a.m. between the Sunday services. The Clinton Alliance Church is located at 1192 Centre Rd., (County Route 18 in the Town of Clinton). For more information, call 845-266-5178.

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This week Hanukkah for Preschoolers The Tiny Temple program sponsored by Vassar Temple Sisterhood invites all preschoolers, infants to age 5, and their parents to celebrate Hanukkah with stories, songs, crafts, a healthful snack and a light lunch on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. The program is open to all free of charge, regardless of synagogue membership. For more information and to RSVP, contact Meredith Kaflowitz at 845-229-1432 or tinytemple@vassartemple.org. Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the library. Please bring an original or favorite poem to share and discuss or just come to enjoy some poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845266-5530. Introduction to Computers The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Dec. 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530.

Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from the CVS Pharmacy, and between the library and a cemetery. Enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet on Friday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Novices to well-experienced knitters of all ages can participate. Come for some company and/or help from your peers. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games. The club meets Friday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845266-3592. > continued on next page

Young animal lover’s birthday was for the dogs

ULCS FOOD PANTRY DRIVE The Upton Lake Christian School Life Skills Class coordinated a school-wide “Fill the Bus” food drive. On Nov. 17, children delivered the collected items to the Jayne Brooks Food Pantry at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck. Thanks are given to everyone who donated food to make the lives of others more cheerful this holiday season.

Jake Carlson, Eden and Carson Bogen enjoy meeting Ryan, a puppy under the care of the SPCA. Photo submitted.

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Volunteers from Upton Lake Christian School deliver food to the Jayne Brooks Food Pantry at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck. Pictured are: Helen Knapp, Helen Shanley, Mary Hafford, Nyomi Myers and Anna Barton. Photo submitted. {22} december 9, 2009 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

When local youngster Eden Bogen celebrated her birthday on Nov. 27, her wish list didn’t include the types of gifts your average 6-year-old girl ask for. Instead of asking for a mountain of new toys, Bogen asked friends who came to her birthday party to bring food and donations for the many animals living under the care of the Dutchess County Society for the

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bogen and her family were invited to the SPCA’s Hyde Park facility to drop off the many items she collected. SPCA board member Ron Lane personally thanked the young animal lover while Boden and her brothers, Carson Bogen and Jake Carlson, had fun playing with a black Labrador puppy named Ryan.


around town} The Red Hook Rotary welcomed new member Susan Simon, president of the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce and of Third Eye Associates. Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are: Red Hook Rotary President Walter Avis, Simon, Rotary District Gov. David Green and Rotary Assistant Gov. Judge Jonah Triebwasser. The Red Hook Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, South Broadway, Red Hook. Visitors are welcome. Photo courtesy of Fred Cartier Services. < continued from previous page Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202. Avoiding Scams A representative from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s Office will speak at Lakeview Arms Apartments, 2 Creek Rd., Poughkeepsie, on consumer fraud as part of Cuomo’s statewide Consumer Awareness Initiative. Mark Hoops, senior consumer frauds representative from Cuomo’s Poughkeepsie office, will inform participants about frequent consumer scams, such as sweepstakes, bank freezes, fraudulent charities, and identity theft. The seminar will also discuss how to best avoid these dangers. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend this event. ‘Senior Showcase’ The Dover High School Drama Club will present “Senior Showcase” Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. This Senior Drama cabaret of songs from assorted musicals weaves to tell a story of a year in the life of high school students. This show is appropriate for all ages. For more information, call 845-832-4520. Mystery Celebration The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will hold their annual Mystery Celebration open discussion on Monday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. Attendees will discuss their favorite mysteries or listen to others describe their favorites. Cookie Walk Sale On Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 9 a.m., Ninth Annual Cookie Walk Sale will be held at Rhinebeck Reformed Church at the corner of Route 9 and South Street. Cookies will be sold for $8 per pound. Journey to Bethlehem The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners will present its Eighth Journey to Bethlehem on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to come to the free, live re-enactment of the people, places, and circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ. Folks attending should dress for the weather since they will be walking outside for about 15 to 20 minutes. The church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, one mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in the Hamlet of Clinton

Corners. For more information, call the office at 845-266-5310. Library Board Meeting The Clinton Community Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). The meetings are open to the public and usually last an hour and a half. Previous board meeting minutes are available in the library. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Children’s Christmas Party Staatsburg Engine Companies 1 and 2 will hold their annual Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 13 at Dinsmore Firehouse, Old Post Road, Staatsburg. There will be a magician, Santa, refreshments and gifts for kids 9 and under. The event begins at 2 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated. Call 845-464-2230 for more information.

Upcoming Library Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, to discuss library matters. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library at 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 South Broadway in Red Hook and online at redhook.lib.ny.us/. Pancake Breakfast The Reformed Dutch Church of Hyde Park will be holding its monthly “Last Saturday” pancake breakfast on Dec. 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. Menu consists of pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. A free-will offering will be collected. The church is located at 4408 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, and is handicapped accessible. For further information, call 845-2297439 or 845-229-2852. This will be the church’s last breakfast for 2009. Breakfasts will resume Feb. 27, 2010. All proceeds will go the Church Preservation Fund. New Year’s Eve Millbrook Millbrook Rotary’s New Year’s Eve Millbrook festival will be held Dec. 31, from 5 to 9:15 p.m. During the festival, a number of entertainers will perform in and around the village’s Thorne Building on Franklin Avenue. To attend the festival, you must purchase a $5 button, available at the Thorne Building the day of the event, and before the festival at Merritt Bookstore, Reardon Briggs Hardware, Millbrook Variety Store, and Village Wine & Spirits. Call 845-264-7256 for additional information. Soup Sales On Thursday, Dec. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rhinecliff Firehouse will be selling its famous soup. Call 845-876-6149 for more information.

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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

The Town of Stanford lost a good friend this past week. Emerson Farwell, who many of you know as the writer of the Stanford News column for the former Taconic Press for more than a decade, passed away while on vacation last Wednesday. Emerson was an active member of many clubs and organizations in town and he was always a generous supporter of all town activities. He was also a World War II veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater during the war. There is likely not a single person in Stanfordville that Emerson didn’t have some contact with. He was a superb writer who faithfully covered our local news for so many years that no one I know remembers anyone else ever doing the job. In my own recollection, I can always remember Emerson having high praise for everything we did here in town. When he resigned as our local columnist, I was terrified to try and fill his shoes. He wrote so very well and had such a true love for his town, that I was very intimidated. Yet, the very first thing he said to me after I took over was that I wrote with “literary panache,” and that I was doing a wonderful job. I told my former editor that I would never be able to hold a candle to Emerson and I still feel that way. His dedication and commitment to writing this column every week for something like 15 years cannot be matched. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues. He was a true icon in our town and he will sincerely be missed.

MODIFIED FOOTBALL AWARDS DINNER

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Pine Plains Modified Football team banquet and awards dinner. Coaches Chris Hurst and Gary Gent expressed their appreciation for the players and praised their excellent efforts during the 2009 season. “The season isn’t all about winning,” said Gent. “It’s what you bring to the game.”

Hurst thanked the parents for “loaning us your boys 52 days this year,” and he also thanked the parents who helped with hall monitor duty, paperwork and the many other jobs that were needed to support the team this year. Hurst also extended his appreciation to the Pine Plains Rescue Squad, which donated its services at the games. Inpresentingthecertificatesofparticipation to the players, Gent said “selecting our seven top award winners was very, very hard. But just participating in this sport, on this team, really means something, so this certificate should have a lot of meaning for all of you.” After the certificates were handed out to the entire team, the coaches presented awards to the players who showed exceptional skill and sportsmanship during the 2009 season. The awards went to: John Wheeler – Rookie of the Year, Hammer Award – Ryan Coons, Offensive Lineman Award – Nick Hedges, Defensive Lineman Award – Joe Benzinger, Leadership Award – Brett Hall. The Heart Award was presented to Matt Pelletier for “having the most heart on and off the field,” and the Les Barton Award was given to Ben Brousseau. The Les Barton award is dedicated to the former coach and player who was “an example of what you are supposed to be as an athlete.” Ben won this prestigious award for his leadership, role as captain, most touchdowns, most tackles and top sportsmanship. Congratulations to the award winners and all players, coaches and volunteers in the 2009 Modified Football season.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERTS The elementary, middle and high school holiday concerts have a way of sneaking up on us, so here is your reminder not to miss the following dates: • Middle school: Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. • Seymour Smith and Cold Spring Elementary: Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. (each at their respective schools) • High school: Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. These events are always delightful and we have such talented students and teachers in our schools that you can’t possibly attend one of these concerts and not walk away with a smile. They are almost guaranteed to lift your spirits during this hectic holiday season. > continued on next page

Pine Plains Bombers modified football coaches and award winners coach Gent (back row, from left), coach Lynn, Joey Benziger, Ben Brousseau, Nick Hedges, coach Hurst, Ryan Coons (front row), Matt Pellitier and John Wheeler. Photo courtesy of Gina Hedges Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | december 9, 2009 {23}


OBITUARIES RUTH ANN MAHAR

Ruth Ann Mahar, 69, a former Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie resident, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 at the Elant at Brandywine Nursing Facility in Briarcliff. Mrs. Mahar was a homemaker and, in her younger years, she worked in a meatpacking plant, a garment factory, and was a babysitter. She enjoyed crocheting, making bedspreads, listening to music, bowling, and spending time at social gatherings. Born in Poughkeepsie on June 7, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Harry Hornbeck Sr. and Gertrude Broas Hornbeck. She attended F.D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park. On June 14, 1964, she married Stephen F. Mahar Jr. He predeceased her on April 28, 2003. Mrs. Mahar is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Harry Hornbeck Jr.; and sister, Shirley Russell. There are no calling hours. Graveside services and burial were held Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 in the Hornbeck family plot in Union Cemetery of Lloyd, Highland. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park.

STEPHEN ROBERT BROWN

Stephen Robert Brown, 40, died unexpectedly at home in Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Stephen grew up in Dutchess County and has been a resident of Atlanta for the past several years, where he worked in the restaurant industry. Born July 7, 1969 in Cortland, N.Y., he was the son of the late Robert Orman Brown, and Audrey DeVoe Brown, who survives in Hyde Park. He was a 1987 graduate of Dover High School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1989. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Stephanie Camara of Denver, Colo.; brother, Sean Brown of Boston, Mass.; aunt, Jean McWilliams and

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husband, Pete, of Effort Pa.; aunt, Linda DeVoe of Stroudsburgh, Pa.; uncle, Walter Schrettner of Queens; first cousins, Janice Schrettner and her husband, Ken Lei, of Manhattan, Laura Burke and husband, John, of Effort, Pa.; second cousins, John Burke and wife, Liz, and Jillian Burke, all of Effort; and third cousin, Matthew Burke, also of Effort. He is also survived by his step-mother, Dolores Brown; two step-brothers, Robert Cottrel and wife, Nancy, and Raymond Cottrel and wife, Eilleen; and step-sister, Renee Hoades and husband, Paul, all of Westchester County. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his uncle, Kenneth DeVoe; aunt, Patricia Schrettner; paternal grandparents, Lillian and Albert Brown; and maternal grandparents, Margaret and Francis DeVoe. Calling hours were Thursday, December 3, 2009 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. James A. Garisto on Friday, Dec. 4 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peter’s Parish, Poughkeepsie. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

BARBARA M. EATON

Barbara M. Eaton, 90, of Tivoli, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at the Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck. Barbara loved spending time with her family at her kitchen table, as well as playing Bingo and cooking, and she loved her grandchildren immensely. Born Aug. 27, 1919 in Renssalear, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Helen (Simmons) Marks. Her husband, George Roy Eaton, died Jan. 9, 1996. She is survived by her children: Wes M. Eaton of Elizaville, George R. Eaton of Tivoli, Tammy L. Eaton of Ellsworth, Pa., Billie Spylios of Wawarsing, N.Y., Richard Wooden of Milan, Lee Wooden of Gallatin, and Tony Wooden of Red Hook. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive her. Her nine brothers and sisters; John, Anthony, Phil, Ernest, Norman and Vincent Marks, Roma VanWagner, Ada Pitcherell, and Katherine Cascio, pre-deceased her. A memorial service was held at Burnett & White Funeral Home in Red Hook. The Rev. Fred C. Cartier officiated. Interment was in Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli.

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Joseph V. Mahoney Jr., 69, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Benedictine Hospital, Kingston. Mr. Mahoney was raised in Poughkeepsie and graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1960. Following his service in the Navy during Vietnam, Mr. Mahoney apprenticed with the Electricians Union and began his career as an electrician with Local #215 and #363. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Church, Rhinebeck, and the Knights of Columbus, Hyde Park. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter and was a member of several rod and gun clubs. Mr. Mahoney has been a member and former commander of the Montgomery Post #429, Rhinebeck, as well as having served as commander of the Dutchess County American Legion in 1990; com-

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mander of the 9th District, 1996/1997; vice commander of the American Legion Department of New York, 2006/2007; Dutchess County Executive Committee for 20 years; Dutchess County Board of Trustees’ Post Liaison Officer, SAL Squadron 429, 12 years; chairman of the Department Commander’s Visitation Committee, 11 years; historian for the Department of New York; member of the National Commander’s Visitation Committee; liaison officer for Montgomery Post 429 Baseball for seven years; and Honor Guard of Montgomery Post 429 for 33 years. Born Nov. 9, 1940 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Joseph V. and Katherine (Cook) Mahoney Sr. Survivors include his wife Janet (Parker) Mahoney of Rhinebeck; three daughters, Kelly Mahoney-Toussant of Rhinebeck, Kaleen Mahoney of Seattle, Wash., and Kari Mahoney of Rhinebeck; two step-sons, Mac R. Smith, Jr. of Marietta, Ga., and Ricky S. Smith of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Corinne and Ethan Toussant, Hailey and Myla Merryweather, Ella Brick, Alaine, Austin and Ahren Smith; three sisters, Janice Cerulli of Hyde Park, Sandra Anderson of New Jersey, and Karen Stadler of Texas; former wife Donna Mahoney of Rhinebeck; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held at the DapsonChestney Funeral Home, Rhinebeck. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at the Good Shepherd Church, Rhinebeck.

CHARLOTTE WADLIN DARBY

Charlotte Wadlin Darby, 92, passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at the Thompson House, Rhinebeck. Born Oct. 3, 1917 on a small farm in Milan, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Caroline Wadlin. She graduated from Rhinebeck High School in 1936. On Nov. 18, 1939, she married Thomas F Darby, who predeceased her in 2005. After moving to Thornwood and raising her family, she worked at Pace College Food Services (1965-67) and Medical Electronics/Honeywell Electronics, from which she retired after 18 years. Upon her retirement, she moved back to the family farm in Milan, where she enjoyed tending to her gardens and animals. She was a longtime member of the Rock City Grange, New York State Grange and Rowe Methodist Church, where she was a trustee and treasurer of the United Methodist Women. She was an active member and treasurer of the Milan Union Cemetery Association. She is survived by daughters, June Gosnell of Rhinebeck, Carol Siver and her husband David of Nassau and Maureen Aemisegeo of Thornwood and a son Thomas W. Darby and his wife, Donna, of Thornwood; eight grandchildren, Scott Siver and his wife Peggy, Keith Siver and his wife Lori, Laura Sullivan and her husband James, Paul Aemisegeo and his wife Diane and Heather, Thomas, Matthew and Kaycee Darby and eight great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother, Herbert E.Wadlin Jr. and her sisters, Ora Schneider and Helen Nolet. She is survived by her sisters, June Wilcke, Florence Turner, Joan Hoffert and Patricia Griffing and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held at Dapson and Chestney Funeral Home, Rhinebeck. A Memorial Service was held at the Rowe Methodist Church in the spring with a burial ceremony to follow at the Milan Union Cemetery.

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Stanford Grange officers and recent award winners Margaret Plantier, Ryan Orton, Gloria Stark, Cathy Stark and Daniel Russell. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

STANFORD GRANGE HOSTS CHRISTMAS PARTY Each year, the Stanford Grange holds a Christmas party for the foster children living here in Stanfordville. Santa makes an appearance and there are gifts for all the children. This event is planned again this year, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to the Grange for this thoughtful support of our local children. A special thanks also goes to Uncle Sonny’s Pizza for donating pizza for this party. As promised, I have included the photo of the Grange members who won awards recently at the State Grange Festival and the Big E fair. The winners from our local Grange were: Gloria Stark (first place doily at State Grange and second place win at Big E), Cathy Stark (second place cherry pie at State Grange – out of 30 entries), and Daniel Russell (Sally Benson Memorial Open Lecturer’s Program Award). The Stanford Grange also took second place in the Community Service Contest. I have to tell you that I got an up-close look at Gloria Stark’s award-winning doily and it was truly magnificent. There is no question her wonderful handwork was well deserving of her first-place ribbon. Once again, congratulations to our winners. These are impressive awards as the competition at the state and regional level was enormous.

GIFT SUGGESTIONS Once again, a reminder that in this season, when gift budgets are tight, there is nothing like a practical gift that will also support our local businesses. I suggest a gift certificate to any of the restaurants in town or to McCarthy’s Pharmacy, Elvin’s Market or McKeough’s Farm and Home Center. Big Rock Farms also sells fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and poinsettias. They also have a nifty stand back there along the old railroad right of way, off of Creamery Road. It is very festive and fun and there is usually hot coffee and donuts available to warm you up while you pick out your tree. Happy shopping, everyone. I’ll see you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845-3924348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.


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Union Vale

BY TONY LEO AN UNFAIR BURDEN There has been an undercurrent of opinion throughout Union Vale as to the wisdom and validity of the ubiquitous payroll tax that has been levied on Dutchess County working people in order to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). A significant degree of disapproval of this tax was expressed at a November town board meeting by Councilman John Welsh and former Conservation Advisory Committee member Elfrieda Tillman. They echoed the sentiments of the overwhelming majority of Union Vale residents and business owners who I have spoken to. Councilman Welsh noted how egregiously unfair the bailout tax is in light of the fact that there exists not a single MTA station or facility in the town. As one may see, the MTA situation is a major topic of discussion in this neck of the woods. Therefore, having majored in economics throughout my undergraduate years and subsequently teaching the subject at the college baccalaureate level, I would like to share my opinion with you. As you know, the MTA, in the past several years, had been steadily losing revenue and the prospects of a turnaround were extremely dim to nonexistent. Something at a high level had to be implemented in order to keep the local economy moving and the state from dropping to a “Z” credit rating. At least, that’s what Gov. David Patterson thought. So he and his advisors got together and decided to weigh

various options. Needless to say, they were looking for the least offensive and most politically expedient way out of the problem. They found that, as is the case with most problems that have taken many years to develop, there was no painless way to get out. Consequently, they felt they had been forced into a corner. Going into survival mode, the governor realized you certainly don’t want to suddenly cut off travel to New York City, where a significant portion of Hudson Valley residents earn their wages. Transportation is vital. Even the nefarious World War II Italian dictator Benito Mussolini turned part of his problems around by finally “getting the trains to run on time.” It doesn’t take great genius to acknowledge that any prolonged shutdown of a major mode of transportation to a prime location that generates economic viability will result in a multiphase disaster. Something had to be done. It was thought that the quickest fix might be to hike fares or impose a tax. One of the studies Patterson looked at prior to making his decision was a projection on the effect of increased fares on ridership. If the MTA were to raise the system-wide fare to the point that would cover all anticipated losses, ridership would decrease to a level that would undermine the increase. Patterson, with a strong affinity for the liberal-socialist agenda, decided to drop back 10 yards and punt with a tax increase. However, there was a stumbling block with this alternative. New York State residents have already been taxed to the hilt. Where can you gouge people where they haven’t already been gouged? Voila! A mandatory payroll tax for anyone within a stone’s throw of MTA commuter routes. No one can evade a tax that is

first extracted from a pay check. Who cares if it’s unfair? Life, itself, is unfair and only a few people (the suckers in some outlying counties) will be outraged. Ergo, the unjust tax increase levied on all working people in Dutchess and other counties. It falls on individuals who were neither responsible for the MTA’s problems, nor had access to its facilities. Unfortunately, our governor failed to look at the other side of the economic coin. Whereas a limited degree of socialism is OK, even essential, the viable alternative to an extreme socialist agenda like Patterson espouses is that which is based on a system known as capitalism. One of the prime movers from the playbook of capitalism is the law of supply and demand. Specifically, if a valued product or service is in limited or short supply, the demand will be greater. The product or service, therefore, tends to be inversely proportional to the demand. How long do you think people would tolerate a major curtailment or shutdown of train service to New York City? The very livelihood and sustenance of thousands of wage earners from the outlying counties serviced by the MTA depend on this method of travel. The use of buses and automobiles on a massive scale just isn’t an option. The businesses in New York City, themselves, depend on the gravy train rolling in from its outlying areas. The demand for commuter train service to the city is overwhelming. Cutting the supply of the service would instantly push the demand up to the point where it would be impossible to ignore. Using a prescriptive method based on the capitalistic system, one way or another, something would be quickly done to reinstate

this form of transportation. Totally ignored was the option of treating the MTA as a private business instead of a government-controlled money pit. Faced with the prospect of failure and collapse, under the capitalistic system, the floundering business must be completely reworked. If not done properly, the doors will close forever. In this case, the current demand is too high for that to happen. With the MTA, a band-aid was put on the cancer and the problem will simply recur in a very short time. To avoid such a recurrence, the fare must be targeted directly to the source of the demand. Making everyone else pay for the MTA’s shortcomings is like demanding that my next-door neighbor help me pay for my morning newspaper. It creates hostility toward the management, the employees and those who depend on it for service, and it is destined to fail in the long run. As a result of this misguided method of garnering revenue and the conditions which precipitated it, I feel that we’re simply marking time until the governorship changes and the MTA’s intransigence forces the rail system into some very radical and disturbing modifications. LAST CALL FOR WINTER CAMP Register your child no later than Dec. 11 for the Tymor Park Winter Camp. This is a recreational program designed for children in elementary grades one through five that will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 28 through 31. The cost for each child is $180. Applicants are being accommodated on a firstcome, first-served basis.

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY

BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC)

The CCC was a public work relief program designed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide employment for Americans who were hit hardest by the Great Depression. A secondary goal of the program was to foster conservation of America’s natural resources. Work began in 1933, and the program ended in 1942, a few months after the attack at Pearl Harbor. It is commonly called Roosevelt’s most popular social relief program. The CCC program had a military aspect. An enrollee typically was 1825 years old, male, and physically fit – just the right type of person who could someday serve in the armed forces. The CCC “boys” would wake in the morning to the sound of a bugle, eat breakfast in a mess hall, practice close-order drills (holding shovels instead of rifles), work as a team morning and afternoon, eat their noon meal out on the job, eat supper again in the mess hall, and sleep in a tent or, after a short time, a hastily-built barrack. The enrollment period was six months, but a young man could “re-up” for as many as two years. A worker was paid $30 a month (with a compulsory allotment of $22 -$25 sent home to his family). After World War II started in 1942, the majority of the first Army build-up was made up of former CCC men.

STAATSBURG CAMP

Although there were over 150 camps in all of New York State, there was only one in Dutchess County. It was located in the open field at the entrance to Norrie

Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

Point State Park on Route 9, south of the hamlet of Staatsburg. Other camps were near Dutchess County, just over its borders. One was in Columbia County, at Taghkanic Lake State Park, and another was in Putnam County, at Fahnestock State Park. There is some mention of a small, undocumented camp in Pleasant Valley and another small, undocumented camp near the FDR home in Hyde Park. The Staatsburg location was chosen because Mrs. Lewis Thompson had recently made a gift to the State of New York of some 316 acres with approximately a mile of water frontage on the Hudson River. It was mostly raw forest, however, and a lot of work was needed to make the land usable as a public park. Even hiking trails needed to be cut out of the thick forest. Work began on construction of the camp in April of 1934 by the Army Corps of Engineers, and by late summer a contingent of CCC men (the exact number is unknown, but it was probably around 100 to 150) moved in after completing several projects at Taghkanic Lake State Park. The new Staatsburg camp was known as SP #32. Trees and shrubs were planted in the camp area and along the road to act as a screen between Route 9 and the camp.

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This work was so laid out that when the camp was abandoned, the planting became part of the park landscape treatment. The CCC boys could walk the half-mile to the two general stores in Staatsburg to spend their $5 a month. This was a luxury, which they didn’t have at Taghkanic Lake. They would walk past the newly completed Union School on Old Post Road. From what this historian has been able to research, there were never any negative incidents or bad feelings between town people and the CCC men.

WORK PROJECTS AT NORRIE STATE PARK

From the minutes of the Taconic State Park Commission, the list of work accomplished by the CCC boys was extremely long: 1. 7,000 feet water line 2. Two stone masonry bridges 3. One and a half miles of park road rough grading 4. Acres of public camp ground clearing 5. Two comfort stations 6. 64 acres of general cleanup – removal of dead timber 7. Stone masonry pump house over well 8. Latrines 9. Fences 10. Guard Rails 11. Public Camp Ground Waste Disposal 12. Power Lines 13. Retaining Walls 14. Fireplaces and tables in tent camping area 15. Breakwater 16. Camping Cottages 17. Restaurant Building at Hudson River

NORRIE POINT INN

Soon after the restaurant was completed in June of 1937, President Roosevelt gave a model of a five-mast ship to the people of the State of New York as a decoration for the inn. However, within a year and a half,

three boys from Anderson School (before it became a world-renowned autism center) had broken into the building and completely destroyed the ship and other property. The commission minutes reported several conferences with the district attorney, Dr. Anderson, and the parents of the three boys. What to do? The ship was priceless. When the president heard of the problem, he more or less pulled the three boys out of the fire by simply donating another ship. Roosevelt was not afraid of (and possibly enjoyed) getting involved with problems back home. Recently, this historian has made an amateur investigation of the whereabouts of the second presidential gift, but alas, that one now seems to be missing. Apparently, nobody has seen it for years.

EXIT CCC, ENTER WPA

The Staatsburg CCC camp was abandoned on Sept. 30, 1937. Their work was taken over by about 30 men, who were enrolled in another Roosevelt program, the WPA (Works Projects Administration). Men in this program were mostly veterans of Wolrd War I and had learned various construction skills. Their first project in the spring of 1938 was the demolition of the wooden CCC camp buildings. By fall of 1938, they had begun work on dredging the new boat basin at Norrie Park and installing a 4-inch water line to the facility. While working on Norrie Park, the new Hyde Park Post Office and the three new Hyde Park Schools had better accommodations than the CCC boys. They quickly built barracks for themselves at the Vanderbilt Coach House in the Hamlet of Hyde Park. These barracks, within four years, became the barracks for the 240th Military Police (Company B), which protected President Roosevelt. Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Illustrator Tatiana Rhinevault’s Web site is www.tatianarhinevault.com.


HELPFUL HINTS FOR SENIORS

Getting ready to get ready BY BILL HULL Seniors, like never before in history, are living longer, healthier and better lives. They have the opportunities and the means to find purpose, friendship, and joy for a generation or more beyond the typical age for retirement. They want a lifestyle and an environment that supports and enhances these choices. Not satisfied to let the hourglass simply run its course, many and more seniors are making the transitions necessary to embrace all that life has to offer them in the decades ahead. So how do you get there? I call the transition period between the time when you are still fighting every gray hair, senior discount and wrinkle, and the time when you are fully embracing the best parts of being a senior: getting ready to get ready. Maybe you aren’t ready to move into a condo by the golf course, give up your annual vacation to the sunny South, put a deposit on an apartment at a continuing-care retirement community, or tell the kids they can go ahead with their plans for the in-law suite. But you are thinking about it. You haven’t booked that once-in-alifetime-trip, or enrolled in the life-long learning class at the community college, or started sorting the boxes in the attic. But you are thinking about it. You aren’t quite ready to install the ramp, the electric stair lift, the grab bars, or the special tub. You don’t want to give up the garden or the gutters or the lawn. But you are thinking about it. Congratulations! You are getting ready to get ready. There are some actions during this transition period that will help you emerge on the other end with a great outcome. Some of these are not easy and may seem overwhelming. Turn the journey into small steps and you will make progress. -First, you must get rid of your preconceived ideas: • To you it’s a home. To everyone else, it’s a piece of real estate. • You don’t get to decide whether or not your life will change. The question is will you manage the change or will it manage you? • Senior living is not what it used to be. • Things are going to cost more. Just a fact of life. • You can downsize … everyone does. • You can bring your memories wherever you go. • Information is power. Information ahead of an urgent need is true empowerment. • In many ways, you may be on the threshold of the best days of your life. -Second, you can open yourself up to a new way of thinking: • Instead of impending limitations, what are the opportunities that may be open to you? • Dream what you could, would and want to do with another 30 years of your life?

• Give yourself the expectation to maintain your self-sufficiency and the permission to ask for help. • Do not allow age to rule out any possibility that you might want to pursue, including: employment, education, activities, hobbies or adventures: Just about anything you can imagine is being enjoyed by someone, somewhere who is older than you. • Don’t panic because the clock is running … but don’t waste time on non-essentials. -Third, spend the time to gather information: • Get on mailing lists for the senior happenings in your area. • Become familiar with the Council on Aging, senior centers and other community resources. • Visit the places you may want to move. Is it possible you will want to live near the kids? Find out about what is available for seniors in their area. • Explore the many senior living options that are available. For example: Talk with other seniors who have chosen a continuingcare retirement community, or an active senior neighborhood. Find out from someone who installed one of those lifts. Check out Web sites and review satisfaction survey results. Never settle for just two options. There are always more than two. • Subscribe to magazines of interest. Find out the latest trends in the areas of interest -Fourth, above all, it’s all about your relationships: • Develop the trusting relationships you will need with people such as a reliable realtor, elder-care lawyer, medical specialist, financial advisor, moving company, etc. Once you trust them, accept their expertise. • Have the difficult conversations with family members and spouses so everyone is clear about your intentions in light of any unforeseen contingency. • Be clear about who you want around you for support, friendship and joy in the decades to come. -Here are some of the best tips I have heard from others: • The race of life is often won or lost in the transitions. • If you get ready, then you can always be ready. • Sometimes you must let go of the secure dime in your hand to accept the dollar in front of you. You cannot avoid every hint of risk. but you can turn the odds in your favor with good information. • Some of the world’s best ideas and most creative improvements came from people older than you. Don’t ever give up your imagination. • We all need others. Look for people you can trust. The time and effort will be well spent. Start now. • More than ever, time is precious. Make it count. Bill Hull is director of sales at Arbor Ridge and The Terraces in Rhinebeck.

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This Week Senior ID Cards The Dutchess County Office for the Aging has announced that residents 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Dec. 9 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 an Identification 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.Call the Office for the Aging at 845-4862555, for more information.

GOLDEN LIVING |

Free Dance The Dukes and Duchess, a local swing band, will perform at a free dance sponsored by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Everyone is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available. Call the church for more information at 845-297-2800.

BY JOHN A. BEALE

Give Dial-A-Ride a try “I don’t know what I’d do without Dial-a-Ride,” said Town of Poughkeepsie resident Florence Speary. “I stopped driving about 10 years ago. My daughter used to take me shopping and to all my doctor appointments, but then she became ill and I knew I’d better find my own way to get around. That’s when I called Diala-Ride.” Dial-a-Ride is a low-cost, curb-tocurb transportation service for Dutchess County senior citizens in participating municipalities, as well as for the mentally and physically disabled who are unable to use the LOOP bus system. It is wheelchair accessible, and takes people to their medical appointments, to grocery stores, local malls and recreational activities. It saves gas money for those who still drive their own cars and also spares seniors from having to navigate the traffic on Route 9 and other areas. Dial-a-Ride is a joint program of Dutchess County government and participating municipalities. Transportation continues to be one of the biggest problems facing our senior residents. Making programs like Dial-a-Ride available allow the elderly to remain independent and help them more easily access other needed services. In addition, an added “perk” to using the Dial-a-Ride bus is the socialization. As passengers on the spacious bus, the seniors share camaraderie with each other. According to Speary, she’s made new friends with the other passengers. “We even get together once in a while for coffee,” she said.

To use the Dial-a-Ride bus, an individual must fill out an application, which can be obtained through the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. Once Dial-a-Ride has processed the completed application, it will send the applicant a card to use to get on the bus. When requesting transportation, call 845-452-7433 at least three days ahead of time and no more than 30 days ahead. Be ready at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up. For doctor’s appointments, schedule the pick-up time at least 45 minutes before the appointment. A return trip can also be scheduled at the same time. Shopping trips are generally two hours at a supermarket and three hours at the malls. “I do appreciate and I’m happy to have Dial-a-Ride,” said Speary. The following municipalities participate in Dial-a-Ride: city and town of Poughkeepsie, the VA at Castle Point, the towns of Beekman, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park, LaGrange, Pleasant Valley, Red Hook and Wappinger. To be sure your municipality participates with Dial-a-Ride, call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555, toll free at 866486-2555, or send an e-mail to ofa@ co.dutchess.ny.us. You can also fill out an application online at: www.dutchessny. gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/ AGIndex.htm. John A. Beale is director of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie, 845-486-2555, www. dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/ Aging/AGIndex.htm.

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