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DECEMBER 5-11, 2012 DEC INSIDE: CLOSING IN ON THE STAATSBURG SLAYER? | FREE CHRISTMAS MOVIES COMING TO RED HOOK | SAVING THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

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SINTERKLAAS ATTRACTS THOUSANDS TO RHINEBECK

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Regina Coeli targeted for possible closure in Hyde Park page 4

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The Goldens personify Eleanor Roosevelt spirit page 5

Crunch time for squirrels

BY JIM LANGAN Thousands of revelers turned out Saturday night for what has once again become the definitive holiday event in the Hudson Valley. Under the direction of the legendary celebration artist Jeanne Fleming, a parade of puppets and performers made their way through the festive crowds lining Market Street in Rhinebeck. Fleming, who famously directs the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade, has made Sinterklaas a destination event as well. Mayor Jim Reardon said this was the biggest and best Sinterklaas by far and thanked the many volunteers who made it happen. We were told by a local hotelier that all the local hotels and restaurants were booked solid. “This is a huge event for us and the local economy,” said another Rhinebeck merchant. >>MORE ON PAGE 24

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“Hyde Park on Hudson” hits the big screen PLUS: Artist profile: Ina Claire Gabler; Bieber breaks down in the Catskills; Winter farmers’ markets


Rhinebeck volunteer recognized by international disaster relief organization BY HV NEWS STAFF Louis Turpin of Rhinebeck was awarded Ambassador of the Month by the international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox. Turpin is a ShelterBox USA ambassador volunteer who was selected from a group of more than 350 ambassadors throughout the U.S. who raise awareness of the organization through public engagements. ShelterBox is an international, nonprofit organization committed to providing humanitarian relief by delivering boxes of aid to help families made homeless by disasters such as earthquake, flood, hurricane, tsunami, cyclone, volcano or conflict. Between giving presentations to local Rotary and Interact clubs, and setting up ShelterBox displays for several community days in his area, Turpin has gone above and beyond to raise awareness and support for ShelterBox as the TriState Ambassador Team coordinator. “I enjoy sharing my own enthusiasm about the ShelterBox mission with others, and being able to see the excitement on a donor’s face when they realize they have just provided hope to someone who lost everything,” Turpin said, as he recalled sharing photos with the sponsors of a ShelterBox that had been deployed to Kenya last year. Earlier this month, Turpin was selected to speak at the United Nations for Rotary UN Day, where he gave a presentation about ShelterBox and even set up a ShelterBox display in the lobby of the UN headquarters.

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A memorial outside of the home of Laurie Ferguson at the Mobile Manor Park on Rte. 9G. Photo by Jim Langan.

“ShelterBox USA has a strong volunteer base and I’m incredibly proud of their accomplishments,” Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA, said. “Our organization would cease to exist without ambassadors like Louis, who continue to rally support in their local communities, ultimately making a difference in the lives of disaster survivors around the world.” Turpin is an architect and planner, and is the founding principal emeritus of Rhinebeck Architecture and Planning PC. He is an active volunteer in the community, where he serves on various boards and committees and is involved with numerous Rotary club activities, like the District 7210 World Service Committee, and serves as a Rotary Assistant District Governor.

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ARE COPS CLOSING IN ON THE STAATSBURG SLAYER? BY JIM LANGAN The New York State Police last week ceased giving daily updates on the investigation into the murder of 67-yearold Laurie Ferguson that occurred in Staatsburg on Thanksgiving. In the days following the murder, police were observed searching for the murder weapon in a variety of places including the Old Staatsburg Reservoir, and Crum Elbow Creek along Rt. 9G. This has led a number of people to conclude the initial phase of the investigation is complete and police are processing the information and evidence they have thus far gathered. While no one is speaking publicly, a number of sources indicate that investigators have a number of strong leads and may be zeroing in on a suspect. Due to the ferocity of the slaying, there are indications the suspect was known to the victim and the slaying was very personal. It is also unlikely that the killer walked into the Mobile Manor Park and just happened to select a victim with a car he could steal, only to abandon it a couple of miles away. Hudson Valley News has also learned the victim purchased wine and other liquor from McArthur’s Liquors on Rt. 9G on the

afternoon of November 21 at approximately 4:45 p.m. According to owner Jean McArthur, Hyde Park Police visited her store last week looking for any surveillance video. Police went to McArthur’s Liquors because a check of Ferguson’s credit cards indicated she had visited the store the night before she died. McArthur said she did have video and made it available to investigators. McArthur said police seemed interested in determining if Ferguson was accompanied by anyone and the tape indicated she was alone. The tape did show a female customer helping Ferguson take her purchases to her car. Another source said she observed Ferguson’s car in front of her home at approximately 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning and heard nothing suspicious. Another neighbor said she was in her home all day and never heard or saw anything unusual. Hudson Valley News has also learned that Ferguson owned two pugs that were in the home at the time of the attack. Both dogs, one black and the other cream color, have been adopted into a good home in Hyde Park.


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Police rule out “person of interest” in Ferguson case

The New York State Police and the Hyde Park Police Department report that they have located and interviewed the “person of interest” in the artist’s sketch previously posted, and determined that he is uninvolved with the case. The State Police continue to investigate the homicide of Laurie Ferguson and request that the public continue calling with information. Anyone with information can contact 845-876-4049 or 845-677-7300.

Rhinebeck woman charged with DWI after hitting state police car and injuring officers Jayne Wardwell-Christy, 56, of Rhinebeck, was charged with drunken driving on Tuesday, Nov. 20 after she hit a parked state police patrol car with two troopers inside. The troopers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital and released. Wardwell-Christy was unable to perform a sobriety test after troopers detected an odor of alcohol on her breath. She will appear in the village of Rhinebeck court for two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving.

Town of Rhinebeck employee arrested at Sinterklaas

At 1 a.m. on Dec. 2, Christian Fekete, 51, of Rhinebeck was arrested by state troopers after an incident at a local restaurant. According to police, Fekete became disorderly in the restaurant after being asked to pay his tab. Fekete refused to do so, and preceded to throw a drink at a waitress and shove another employee. Fekete fled the restaurant and was followed by employees of the restaurant who located him in the municipal parking lot on East Market St. Fekete was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. He was released on an appearance ticket in the Village of Rhinebeck.

Search warrant leads to heroin trafficking arrests

On Thursday, Nov. 28, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Dutchess County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the City of Poughkeepsie Emergency Services Unit and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Emergency Services Unit, executed two search warrants in the City of Poughkeepsie. These search warrants were the culmination of a three-month investigation into the sale of heroin in Dutchess County. The

investigation revealed that both locations and all parties involved were part of the same heroin trafficking enterprise. Location number one was on Parker Ave., in the City of Poughkeepsie. Arrested at this location was Johnny E. Smith, 28, who was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class-B felony. Located at this location were 250 bags of heroin and a small amount of cash. Location number two was on Gifford Ave. in the City of Poughkeepsie. Arrested at this location was Courtney Bowens, 33, who was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class-B felony. The second subject arrested at this location was Jerome Ricketts, 32, who was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class-B felony. Located at this location were 652 bags of heroin, a half-ounce of unpackaged heroin, $7,000 in cash and two illegal handguns. During the execution of the search warrant at Gifford Ave., Ricketts attempted to flee arrest by climbing through a third-floor window, at which time he fell to the ground, breaking both heels. He was arraigned at St. Francis Hospital and will be remanded to Dutchess County Jail upon his release without bail. Bowens and Smith were both arraigned in City of Poughkeepsie Court and were remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail. Smith is a New York State Parole absconder who was listed on parole in New York City. The investigation is continuing with more arrests pending. Anyone with information with regard to this matter or any other illegal narcotic activity may contact the Dutchess County Drug Task Force at 845-463-6040.

Pawling man arrested after pursuit on I-84 in Putnam

On Dec. 2, at about 8:35 p.m., New York State Troopers arrested Joseph F. Gibbons, 51, of Pawling, after he fled from a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in the Town of Southeast, Putnam County, and led police on a pursuit for about nine minutes on I-84 and local roads. Gibbons was operating a 2003 Toyota Camry sedan when he was stopped by a state trooper for driving westbound at 75 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on I-84. After the trooper approached Gibbons on the shoulder of the highway, Gibbons became verbally abusive, refused to show any identification and then fled from the scene. The trooper immediately notified other police units in the area and initiated a pursuit. The trooper caught up to Gibbons on I-84, with the pursuit reaching speeds of over 90 miles per hour, before Gibbons exited onto Rte. 311 where the pursuit slowed down to about local speed limits. The pursuit lasted for several more minutes and continued onto Rte. 292

where Gibbons stopped his vehicle at the Harmony Road intersection in the Town of Patterson. After stopping his vehicle, Gibbons refused to open the vehicle door and was removed from the vehicle after troopers broke the driver’s window, cut off his seatbelt, and forcibly extracted him. Although he continued to resist arrest by struggling with the troopers, Gibbons was eventually taken into custody. No one was injured. His vehicle was impounded and Gibbons was transported to the State Police barracks in East Fishkill. Gibbons was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer third degree, resisting arrest, and multiple traffic infractions. He was arraigned in the Town of Patterson Court and remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $2500 cash bail or $5000 bond.

Hopewell Junction man arrested for sexual abuse of teenager

The New York State Police at Wappinger arrested 57-year-old Charles Kane III, of Hopewell Junction, for the felony of criminal sexual act in the second degree. Officials of the Wappinger School District contacted the State Police after reviewing the video surveillance footage from the school bus on an unrelated matter. After observing what appeared to be highly inappropriate physical contact by Kane, with a special needs student on the bus, they contacted the State Police to investigate. Kane was located at his residence and was brought in to the State Police barracks at Wappinger for an interview. Kane was subsequently charged with criminal sexual act in the second degree, a class-D felony. He was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail.

arrests for penal law violations. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, State Police responded to no fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Auto Accident leads to arrest

On Nov. 27, at approximately 7:25 a.m., troopers from the New York State Police were dispatched to the area of Mill Rd. in the town of Red Hook for a reported property damage auto accident. Troopers arrived at the scene and the investigation revealed a Ford Taurus was traveling eastbound on Mill Rd. too fast for the wet road conditions. The vehicle drove off the south shoulder, struck a mailbox and then a tree. The operator of the vehicle, identified as Rafael Cortez-Zamora, 35, of Red Hook, was interviewed and taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to Rhinebeck for processing at which time he submitted to a breath test resulting in a .06 percent blood alcohol content. Cortez-Zamora was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, unlicensed operation, no seat belt and failure to keep right. He was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Red Hook Justice Court.

Recent arrests

The Hyde Park Police report the following: • Steven E. Boles, 26, of Hyde Park, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law. • Bryan M. Badger, 25, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law. • Joseph S. Broaden, 25, of Connecticut, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law. • Jennie E. Ferrara, 27, of Marlton, New Jersey, was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a violation of law. • Alan R. Cavers, 19, of Hyde Park, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law. • Dillon T. Floughton, 19, of the Town of The New York State Police conducted Poughkeepsie, was charged with unlawful a traffic safety initiative over the possession of marijuana, a violation of law. Thanksgiving holiday weekend to heighten • Travis D. Watson, 19, of Hyde Park, was the public’s awareness of the dangers of charged with unlawful possession of mariimpaired driving, speeding and failure to juana, a violation of law. use safety restraints. From Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, the New York • Enrique Vega, 30, of the City of State Police conducted 16 driving while Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravatintoxicated checkpoints across the state ed unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and conducted 7 saturation patrols on in the third degree a traffic misdemeanor. • Robert Mason, 37, of Hyde Park, was state roadways. At the checkpoints or while out on charged with three counts of endangerpatrol, State Police made 25 driving while ing the welfare of a child, a class-A misdeintoxicated arrests, 23 criminal arrests meanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation of law. This was the result and wrote 414 vehicle and traffic tickets. In addition to the checkpoints and of a domestic dispute with his wife. patrols, 11 underage drinking initiative • Diane V. Blakely, 50, of the Town of details checked 36 bars and 130 retail Poughkeepsie, was arrested on an active bench warrant issued by the Hyde Park establishments across the state. State Police made 21 arrests for Justice Court for false impersonation, a providing alcohol to minors and nine class-B misdemeanor. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | December 5, 2012 {3}

Thanksgiving weekend nets 414 tickets, 25 DWI arrests


Local group seeks to save the Jewish Community Center BY CAROLINE CAREY A group of local families is organizing a grassroots campaign to save the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Poughkeepsie from closing its doors. The campaign, aptly called Save the JCC, is seeking to raise the appropriate funds in the next six months to purchase the property’s mortgage and refurbish its revenue-generating sports and childcare resources. The Center has provided services for local youth, families and seniors since 1963, and stems from the formation of a children’s Hebrew school in 1916. Over the past decade, the organization has succumbed to financial hard times and could face closing its doors in a matter of months. “We really have to raise awareness of what kind of role the JCC plays in our community,” said local mother Tzivie Hecht, whose husband Rabbi Hanoch Hecht is leading the fundraising drive. Rabbi Hecht said, “Some community members and current board members have gotten together to save this facility. One million dollars would be an amazing goal, but we can do it with less.” A website, savethejcc.com, was created by the group to raise awareness and serve as a fundraising portal. The group intends to utilize social media to make their cause viral. Save the JCC expects You can’t have an to make vital institution like improvements this disappear and to the center’s imagine that the sports facilities, community will swimming pool stay the same. (the only public indoor pool in Poughkeepsie), childcare and senior facilities in order to boost operating revenues. “Local institutions like the JCC play a very, very important role in community life,” said Rabbi Hecht, “you can’t have an institution like this disappear and imagine that the community will stay the same.”

Photo by Jim Langan.

IS REGINA COELI ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK? Catholic elementary schools across the state face closure BY HV NEWS STAFF The Archdiocese of New York announced last week that as many as 26 of the 159 regionalized parish and archdiocesan elementary schools are at risk of closing at the conclusion of the school year in June. Two of those endangered schools are located in Dutchess County, Regina Coeli in Hyde Park and St. Joseph in Millbrook. Parents were stunned and saddened by the news, particularly at Regina Coeli, which appeared to have dodged a bullet a few years ago during similar discussions. The evaluations are based

upon such factors as enrollment, financial status, academic evaluations and local demographics. Regina Coeli’s enrollment has been down significantly in recent years with no apparent respite in sight. Earlier this year, Hyde Park closed the Hyde Park Elementary School citing enrollment and demographic projections. If Regina Coeli were to shutter its doors in June, it would leave the Rte. 9 side of Hyde Park and the village without an elementary school. The impact on real estate values and community spirit would likely be significant.

While a final decision on the closing of these schools, and Regina Coeli in particular, is not final, it’s obvious some sort of consolidation is likely to preserve the financial integrity of these schools. In the last round of potential closings, it was suggested that Regina Coeli merge with St. Peter’s on Rte. 9G. In its news release, the Archdiocese said this process has been a function of local regional boards and reconfiguration committees in every county analyzing each school and region.

DUTCHESS DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS KNAPP FOR SIXTH TERM BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County Democratic Committee met in Poughkeepsie last week to vote on whom should be the elections commissioner for the next two years. In a unanimous vote, the committee recommended that Fran Knapp continue representing the

Democrats at the Dutchess County Board of Elections for another term. This recommendation is submitted to the County Legislature which will make the formal appointment in December. “I’m grateful to the Democratic Committee for their vote of confidence,”

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said Knapp. “I take my job as elections commissioner very seriously, and look forward to continuing my campaign to protect voter rights and increase participation in the democratic process. Our county continues to be a battleground for important local, state, and national races on a consistent basis, so we

have to be diligent in our charge to ensure efficient and fair elections.” Fran Knapp is a former six term Dutchess County legislator, and served as minority leader for two years. Knapp currently serves on the board of directors for the Grace Smith House.


The standing room only crowd in the Common Council Chamber. Photos by Jim Langan.

TAKING OUT THE TRASH IN POUGHKEEPSIE Common Council hears from residents about pick-up plans BY JIM LANGAN From the minute Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik announced his intention to eliminate city trash pickup as part of his attempt to balance the budget, a firestorm of opposition erupted. Tkazyik’s plan would require residents to either hire private haul companies to pick up garbage or to keep the sanitation service and purchase $3 garbage bags. The Democratic majority of the Poughkeepsie Common Council, led by Chairwoman Gwen Johnson, have countered the mayor by proposing to maintain twiceweekly trash pickup and charge singlefamily residents $22 a month, $40 a month for two-family residences, and $60 a month for three-family units. Johnson believes this is the easiest and quickest resolution to the problem, as a sanitation fee can be imposed by a simple local law. Republican Minority leader Thomas Parise (Ward 1) supports Tkazyik’s “Pay as you throw” plan, which would reduce trash pickup to one day a week and require residents to purchase 30-gallon trash bags from the city for $3 each.

Resident Laura Down criticizes the mayor’s proposal.

According to Parise, the plan would allow residents to control what they pay for garbage disposal. “It’s not fair to levy usage fees on everyone regardless of how much refuse a person accumulates,” said Parise. Parise also stated that the Republican plan would save 13 sanitation and mechanic positions and still allow Poughkeepsie to stay under the 2 percent tax cap. At a public hearing Monday, a standing room only crowd filled the Common Council Chamber. Speaker after speaker expressed their opposition in one way or another to Tkazyik’s plan. Resident David Bersa, a former planning supervisor, criticized the city for poor planning and failure to adjust to changing economic circumstances. He praised the plan put forward by Council Chair Johnson. Richard Primo said it comes down to saving jobs. Primo cited the effects of eliminating nearly 17 jobs would have on their families and their extended families. He said he believed the Johnson plan made the most sense. Resident Laura Down was the most scathing in her comments saying, “The city is reaching the bottom of the barrel. I use private sanitation but my neighbors can’t afford to pay your bill, Mr. Tkazyik.” The comment was met with loud applause. Frances Sheely told the council, “We’re really talking about a health issue. Garbage is a health issue when you consider the rodents and the possibility of disease.” If there was one theme in the evening’s comments was the near universal opposition to the $3 garbage bags.

John and Gloria Golden address the crowd at the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site at Val-Kill. Photo by Jim Langan.

JOHN AND GLORIA GOLDEN HONORED AT VAL-KILL CEREMOMY BY JIM LANGAN Hyde Park residents John and Gloria Golden were honored Sunday for their many contributions to the community and for personifying the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Goldens have long distinguished themselves through their many acts of kindness and generosity and involvement in the Hyde Park community. It will probably never be known how much the Goldens have done for so many people and organizations over the years. In accepting the award, John and Gloria reminisced about the many times they were in the company of Eleanor Roosevelt. John Golden was a boy when FDR became president and Gloria came to Hyde Park with her parents, the Rev. Gordon and Mrs. Kidd shortly after World War II. Rev. Kidd became especially close to Mrs. Roosevelt in his capacity as rector of St. James’ Church in Hyde Park. John and Gloria were married in 1950 and had two children, Johnathan and Elizabeth. John Golden recalled being invited to Val-Kill to accompany the Kidds and Gloria to Sunday night dinners with Eleanor Roosevelt. “I always told myself I wouldn’t tag along, but I always did” said

Golden with a chuckle. The Goldens recalled an evening at Val-Kill when Franklin Roosevelt Jr., having just returned from the Middle East, regaled his mother along with the Goldens and FDR’s Treasury Secretary Henry Morganthau with stories and opinions from his travels. “We were all seated around the floor at Val-kill” said John Golden. The Goldens also remembered the time in 1952 that Eleanor Roosevelt gave them tickets to see renowned pianist Van Cliburn at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Cliburn had just returned from winning an important international competition in Russia. “I remember we were in the second row and some big wig from Millbrook was behind us criticizing Cliburn and wondering why we were in the seats in front of him,” said John Golden. The story brought a smile to everyone’s face. At the conclusion of the Goldens’ remarks, John Golden said to his notoriously shy and modest wife, “You did a really good job,” to which Gloria smiled and said, “So did you.” They did indeed, and Hyde Park is the better for having the Goldens involved for all these years.

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OPINION

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OPINION

GOD, LIFE AND

EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

It’s NOT Christmas! This is my annual response to those buttons and signs and billboards that start showing up about this time each year. You know the ones that say “Keep Christ in Christmas.” With all due respect to my friends and family who display these signs, I hate them. Not the people, the signs. Why? Possibly, because I’m turning into a grumpy old man. But also because grumpy signs make me grumpier, and inaccurate, grumpy signs just drive me crazy. Here are four things to consider (there are more, I assure you, but let’s stick with four) the next time you feel the urge to display that particular message. First of all, it’s not Christmas! It’s Advent. Christmas doesn’t start till December 25, and it lasts twelve days. If you want to be accurate, why aren’t you

telling people, “Happy Advent?” Granted, “happy” isn’t exactly the right word. It’s a time of preparation and waiting, a time of self-examination. “Little Lent” they used to call it. That’s why we wear blue or purple in the church. But you get the idea. For religious folks to jump the gun and start worrying about Christmas while skipping the holy, and important, season of Advent, is to miss out big time. Second, “Keep Christ in Christmas” just sounds angry. It sounds like scolding, and who wants to be around a scold? If this is supposed to make people feel closer to Jesus, it’s not working. Besides, who are you talking to? Are you telling Christians to keep Christ in Christmas? Doesn’t that seem a little redundant? Or are you yelling at nonChristians? That would seem a little self-defeating, since they don’t believe in Christ in the first place. Or is it a vague dissatisfaction with the fact that Christmas just isn’t what it was when you were a kid? An angry message will not bring back those cherished moments. Third, even if getting mad at someone could change things, the anger is misdirected. Don’t yell at folk who wish you “Happy Holidays,” that phrase

EXPRESS YOURSELF.

‘Happy’ isn’t exactly the right word. It’s a time of preparation and waiting, a time of self-examination. incorporates several holidays from Thanksgiving through New Years, and I hope all of the holidays are happy. Rather, if you must yell at someone for secularizing Christmas, yell at your neighborhood merchants (not that I would, mind you). It is business that introduced the department store Santa. It is business that depends on huge sales at this time of year. Ever hear of Black Friday? Did you know that even “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” is a product of a corporation? Back in 1934, a PR guy for Montgomery Ward wrote it as a promotion to get kids into the store. So if you really want to protest the secularization of Christmas, don’t buy any gifts. Of course, to all my merchant friends, I never said that!

Fourth, if you are concerned with Christ staying in Christmas, then you have no further to look for a solution than the mirror. If you keep Christ in Christmas, that is, if you thank God for Christ’s coming among us to make God’s love incarnate, then all is well. Go to church, offer praise, and then, as an act of faith, model Christ-like behavior. After all, to worry about how others are keeping Christmas is to simply look for the speck in the other’s eye and to ignore the beam in your own. Seems like Jesus had something to say about that. Rather, as a friend of mine posted on Facebook, “When you get right down to it, the best way to ‘keep Christ in Christmas’ is to model Christ-like behavior. Jesus was for feeding people. Jesus was for healing and compassion. Jesus was for getting a bunch of loud, messy, mismatched people around a table and having a big dinner. Not a moment of his life did he spend trying to get his name up on a sign.” So, if you are a Christian, I wish you a blessed Advent right now. And when the time comes, a joyful and happy Christmas. If you are not Christian, then Happy Holidays! The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@ stjameshydepark.org.

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I am unhappy that the Dutchess County Legislature is proposing to close the county’s Department of Social Services every Wednesday. Dutchess County Social Services Commissioner Bob Allers is unhappy too. On Nov. 14th he told county legislators, “The main impact of closing our offices on Wednesdays to the public will be on those seeking assistance from us for housing, food, or Central Hudson shut-offs – we have twenty new applicants for benefits every day at our offices for those services – 2,500 new applicants each month for benefits; 30,000 new applicants each year. Our current caseload is 22,000 on Medicaid, 13,000 on food stamps, 20,000 on child support, 1,300 on temporary assistance, 400 on children›s services, and 200 on adult services.” An alternative had been proposed, one which has so far has been rejected by the county Legislature: since the county’s storage bins of road salt are virtually full (due to last year’s mild winter), why spend all of this season’s $400,000 that is allocated for road salt and ice control materials? The county could use $100,000 of this money to allow the Social Services Department to be open five days a week. Doing the math, even when $100,000 (25 percent) is deducted from the salt budget, the remainder when added to last year’s supplies would give the county roughly 175 percent of the capacity it needs to deal with winter weather, and at the same time prevent a 20 percent cut in services to Dutchess County’s citizens who are in need, and put less pressure on overworked Social Service employees. This proposed alternative seems reasonable to me. Why is it not going to be enacted? Charles Davenport Wappinger


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OPINION

USUALLY RIGHT BY JIM LANGAN

BLAME THE CULTURE, NOT THE GUN

It didn’t take long for all the gun control freaks out there to blame the murdersuicide of NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher, and his so-called baby mama, on guns. Before I go on, what does it say about our society that his victim, Kasandra Perkins, is simply referred to in press accounts as his baby mama? Has having children out of wedlock become so common, and marriage so irrelevant, that we now use such a pejorative term like that? The inference, of course, is that’s about all the woman is good for. All of which leads me back to the cultural aspect of this tragedy. Sure, Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill Kasandra Perkins and himself. Is that the gun’s fault or the manufacturer’s? Of course it isn’t. The person responsible for this crime is Jovan Belcher. The person who murdered Laurie Ferguson in Staatsburg on Thanksgiving used a knife. Is it time to outlaw knives? Again, that’s absurd but no more than outlawing guns because a troubled football player killed his child’s mother after returning home at 6:45 a.m. from a night of drinking and fornicating. The real issue is our society’s debasement of human life and the consequences of taking it. We now live in a world where previously unacceptable behavior has become mainstream entertainment. Movies, television and music are probably the worst offenders. From “Pregnant at 16” to the hideous Kardashians to rap music, aberrant behavior, vulgarity and violence are glorified and promoted. From an early age, children see thousands of murders on TV and listen to music denigrating women and extolling the virtues of the gangsta life. Everyone,

from athletes to movie stars, feel obliged to cover their bodies with vulgar tattoos and body piercings. At some point, the shock value becomes a sick joke. We have also come to be a society where criminals and criminal behavior is celebrated in too many segments of society. Sometimes it’s camouflaged in political or racial rhetoric. What used to be settled in the schoolyard or with a few slammed doors, now ends up with someone getting killed. When someone got fired a few years ago, there were hard feelings and a lot of harrumphing, but nobody returned with an AK-47 the next day. When your girlfriend threw you out on your keister, you went to a bar and drank yourself silly. You didn’t strangle her or slice her up. But that’s what happens today far too many times. In a bizarre way, this kind of behavior has become the new normal. Add to it the fact we see this stuff on TV all the time, why wouldn’t a disturbed or angry person think this is how he or she wants to go out. How many of these school shootings are inspired by the fact the shooters know they’ll be instant celebrities and the TV cameras will be on them every step of the way? Is there anything we as a society can do to reverse this horrific mindset? Yes. We can begin by behaving responsibly ourselves, which means turning off that TV set and reading to your kids. Don’t let them dress like a thug and defile themselves with tattoos and angry piercings. Use your influence as a consumer to affect TV programming. Pay attention to your child’s choice in music. Be involved in your child’s life and know who their friends are. Let them know violence isn’t cool and people who think the thug life is cool are fools, and going nowhere. Come up with some better role models than drug-addled entertainers or criminal athletes. But whatever you do, don’t blame guns. That’s the ultimate cop-out. Blame the people who carry them and use them. Guns are like most things. If used responsibly and with respect, they can and do play a responsible role in society.

What used to be settled in the schoolyard or with a few slammed doors, now ends up with someone getting killed.

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OPINION

TO THE EDITOR:

My name is Jim Beretta and I am running as a write-in candidate for commissioner in the Arlington Fire District. The election is Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. I am a taxpayer in the district who sees the spending and resulting year-afteryear fire tax increase as unwarranted and out of control. Because of this, I have attended Board of Fire Commissioner meetings, with my wife, Doreen Tignanelli, for the past three years. In that time I have learned the budget inside and out and reviewed many monthly financial reports. From year 2000 to 2013, the budget ballooned from $5.9 million to a whopping $15.9 million. Fire tax is the largest part of our property tax bill. I hold several professional certifications in project management and have financial experience managing budgets over $100 million with years of experience in cost reduction. I will work to get AFD spending under control while preserving the service level to keep our community safe. All voters registered with the County Board of Elections, living in the district, are eligible to vote. This is a public election where taxpayers can choose who will look out for their hard-earned money. The two voting locations are, AFD Headquarters, 11 Burnett Blvd. for Wards three, four, and six and Red Oaks Mill Firehouse, 213 Vassar Rd. for Wards one, two and five. See afd.org for the election notice. I’m asking for your vote. Bring this letter with you and write me in as ‘Jim Beretta.’ Thank you. Jim Beretta Write-in candidate for Commissioner, Arlington Fire District

TO THE EDITOR:

On Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 6 - 9 p.m., there will be an election at the Fairview Fire House on Violet Avenue in Poughkeepsie for two Fire Commissioners, open to all registered voters residing in the Fairview Fire District. There are two candidates for an open three year term seat, and a candidate running unopposed for the five year seat. As a taxpayer in the Fairview Fire District, I support Virginia Buechele for reelection as Fire Commissioner and urge all eligible voters in the district to vote for her. Ginny has been a much-needed friend to the taxpayers. In June of this year, she got Dutchess Community College to pay $10,000 to the Fire District by calling attention to the fact that that they had not made their minimal annual $5,000 donation to the district for either 2011 or 2012. As Fire Commissioner, she has pushed the board for full public transparency in how this fire district is being managed. Ginny has been a consistent voice for the taxpayers against unnecessary district expenditures causing the crushing fire tax burden on FFD District homeowners. In 2008, former commissioner John Anspach negotiated the current FFD union contract which includes three percent annual raises and full medical benefits for firefighters and their families. Since property taxes are the sole method of funding the district’s expenses, the taxpayers of this district cannot afford to have this seat go to another district insider. This election, you decide who will manage your Fire District. Vote for Virginia “Ginny” Buechele, the taxpayer’s Fire Commissioner. Kurt Hornick Hyde Park

TO THE EDITOR:

HO! HO! HO! Take it easy Dr. Isaacs on Sinterklaas. All due respect to your very interesting letter relative to Sinterklaas. Christmas is Christ’s birthday when we sing jingle bells, lots of children don’t even know it’s Christ’s birthday and on Halloween we put out pumpkins when we should be worshiping all the saints. And how about the Memorial Day parade when our children sit on floats and toss candy when we should be weeping for our dead soldiers. It may be historically incorrect to hold Sinterklaas, but the coming together of community and the joy it brings to children would make our good Lord very happy. Dacie Kershaw Rhinebeck

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vibrators. Trojan said a vibrator would make “the perfect stocking stuffer.”

• Congratulations to the very fertile Jessica Simpson. It was confirmed last week that the Weight Watchers spokesperson is with child again, a mere seven months after giving birth to her first child. It reminds me of a Groucho Marx quip years ago that got him suspended from his TV show “You Bet Your Life.” When a contestant informed Groucho she was pregnant with her 10th child, Groucho said, “Hey, lady, I like my cigar, but I take it out once in a while.”

• A milestone, of sorts, in New York City the other day. For the first time in memory not one single person was shot, stabbed or murdered in any of the five boroughs on the Monday after Thanksgiving. It’s worth noting that murders in New York City are down from the David Dinkins high of 2,245 in 1990 to a projected 400 in 2012. It’s amazing what happens when you actually lock up criminals, as Rudy Guiliani did after the disastrous Dinkins years. • Hats off to Rhinebeck Village Mayor Jim Reardon for the fine job he and his team did in making the Sinterklaas parade Saturday night such a success. Thousands took to the streets in a joyous celebration kicking off the holiday season. It was all done by volunteers and didn’t cost the town a dime. Rhinebeck continues to be the municipal gold standard on so many levels. Sinterklaas has become a destination event for thousands and will only get bigger and better. • Some sad news from Manhattan. The famed Stage Deli closed last Friday after 75 years in business. One of the owners was a Holocaust survivor. Their sandwiches were off the chart delicious, albeit very expensive. I remember walking by the Stage Deli one morning and seeing Joe DiMaggio sitting by himself having coffee. Apparently he lived nearby and stopped in often, giving rise to that great Seinfeld episode where Kramer sees DiMaggio dunking his donut at the Stage.

• Speaking of virility, 96-year-old Ramajet Raghav, just fathered a child in India. Raghav is the face of PETA’s vegetarian crusade in India and says, “I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life and I credit my virility to my diet.” No word on who the lucky mother is. • For you ski buffs out there, Windham Mountain opened for business last Friday. Skiing was so huge in the ’70s, but I don’t think I know a single person who skis these days. Maybe I’m just getting old. • The good folks at the Trojan Company are at it again, this time in Boston. They rolled out “Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts” and gave away 3,000 vibrators. The company said they were trying to create a buzz to mainstream the use of

• Actress Bonnie Franklin, who played the single mother of Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips in the sitcom “One Day at a Time,” is battling pancreatic cancer. The show ran from 1975 to 1984. • How great was that photograph of the rookie New York City cop buying a homeless man in Times Square some boots and socks. A Arizona tourist took

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the picture of the cop crouched down helping the man and it went viral. The man’s family in New Jersey recognized him but said he had been gone for a long time and they had no idea where he was. Mayor Bloomberg gave the cop a well deserved award for his kindness. The New York Times reported on Sunday that the man, Jeffrey Hillman, is no longer wearing the shoes, saying, “I could lose my life. Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money.”

him on a regular basis.

• How awful was that murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher? His family said he was apparently enraged that his girlfriend had been out with friends until 1 a.m. In fact, Jovan had been out all night drinking and spent the night with another woman. For this, he kills the woman and himself, leaving a three-month-old baby behind.

• We hear that Kim Miller of Surving Sisters Boutique in Hyde Park has gathered and sent seven truckloads of clothing, bedding and food to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Nice!

• How about 86-year-old Anthony Andresakis suing Pfizer for two million dollars after claiming frequent use of Viagra has caused him to be visually-impaired? I would have thought it was his female partner who was visually impaired if she was boinking

• If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Tom Sipos and his Hudson Valley Focus morning radio program, make an effort to do so. It’s on WKIP 1450 FM from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays. It’s the only locally produced and locally focused talk show in the area. He covers the waterfront from news, politics and business with an intelligent, conservative point of view. Give it a listen.

• Finally, it looks like the Jets may have found themselves a quarterback in Greg McElroy, the former Alabama standout. He replaced the woeful Mark Sanchez in the third quarter Sunday and looked great in leading them into the end zone. Sanchez was rocking a clipboard, looking like his dog had just been run over, as McElroy moved the Jets down the field. Time to print up the McElroy shirts.


“Hyde Park On Hudson” highlighting FDR’s relationship with Daisy Suckley hits the big screen this weekend (PAGE 12)

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

THIS WEEK (DEC. 5-11) Health-Quest/American Red Cross Blood Drive; Wednesday, Dec. 5; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Taconic Crossings, 1351 Rte. 55, LaGrange; 845-483-6405 or etrabucco@health-quest.org. Naturescapes on Canvas; Opening reception Wednesday, Dec. 5; 6:30-8 p.m.; On display through Dec. 31; Off the Wall Gallery, Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Ln., Millbrook; 845-6773611 or millbrooklibrary.org. NDH Poinsetta and Wreath Sale; Dec. 6-7; 9 a.m.; NDH and Thompson House Lobbies, Rhinebeck; 845-876-2436 or bklaproth@ymail.com. Discussion with Photographer Mary Ann Glass and artist Linda Richichi; Thursday, Dec. 6; 7 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Italian Center, 277 Mill St., Poughkeepsie; Focus on art-enriching travel; 845-471-0313. Discussion of the 2012 Elections; Thursday, Dec. 6; 7 p.m.; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Vassar College political science professor, and Vassar Temple member,

THEATER: The Puffin Foundation will provide Artist Grants averaging $1,250 to encourage emerging artists in the fields of fine arts, dance, and video. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change. Prospective applicants must request funding guidelines and forms by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Foundation’s office. Requests must be received by Dec. 7. Completed application packets will be accepted through Dec. 29. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines. THEATER: County Players is casting for its upcoming production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.” Audition dates are January 13 and 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. at County Players, 2681 W. Main St. Wappingers Falls. Needed are a large cast of singers, dancers, and actors for principle and ensemble roles. Prepare a song from this or other Broadway musical and bring sheet music. Visit countyplayers.org for details.

Sidney Plotkin, will lead a discussion on the consequences of the recent elections; 845-4542570 or vassartemple.org. “Iranian Taboo” Film Screening; Thursday, Dec. 6; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Documentary focusing on the Islamic regime’s attacks against the followers of the Baha’I faith in Iran led by Christopher White, Associate Professor of Religion in America at Vassar College; 845-452-4013 or dutchesspeace.org. “Lysistrata;” Dec. 6-8; 8 p.m.; Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Performances of Aristophanes’ comedic satire by the Vassar drama department; Free; Reservations required; 845-437-5599 or boxoffice@vassar.edu. Health Quest/American Red Cross Blood Drive; Friday, Dec. 7; 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Spring Brooke Ave., Rhinebeck; 845-871-3471 or tnapolitano@ health-quest.org. > >continued on page 11

PHOTOGRAPHING THE STREETS OF NEWBURGH

ART: Beacon Open Studios announces the return of The Big Draw, an open submission art show. There is no fee to enter. Open to residents of the US anyone 18 years or older. Deadline to submit is January 2, 2013. Show runs January 12 through January 26, 2013 at Hudson Beach Glass 162 Main St., Beacon. For complete info and downloadable submission forms go to beaconopenstudios.org/call-for-art.html

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AWARDS: Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is seeking nominations for the annual Martha Washington Woman of History Award to be presented in March. Perhaps you know of a woman who shares her love of history with children by taking them to historic places during her free time? Is there a woman who has done research about the Hudson Valley and has shared her findings to encourage others to do the same? Do you know a woman who has used her private time or resources to preserve a landmark of historic significance? Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 4, 2013. Download a nomination form at palisadesparksconservancy.org or call 845-562-1195.

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BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF On Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., photographer Dmitri Kasterine will discuss his new book “Newburgh: Portrait of a City” and the inspiration behind it at Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45 in Poughkeepsie. Kasterine, has been working on the book for the last 17 years after a friend suggested photographing locals in Newburgh. Kasterine, whose subjects have included Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, David Hockney, and Queen Elizabeth II, took to the Newburgh streets to capture the faces of the city’s regulars. “I wandered the streets or looked in at the hotel, the barbershop, and the corner store,” Kasterine said. “I constantly saw in my subject’s determination, grace, self-possession, and an abiding hope.” Hear more from Kasterine on Friday at Gallery 45 at 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie.

Mill Street Loft receives $24K NEA Grant Mill Street Loft is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. The group is recommended for a $24,000 grant to support the Mill Street Loft’s Art Institute, a year-round, pre-college portfolio and skill building program for teens as well as minority and economically disadvantaged youth. “It’s so gratifying to receive NEA funding for The Art Institute and for our community,” said Carole J. Wolf, executive director of Mill Street Loft. “These funds will allow us to offer scholarships to students in economic need and to continue preparing the next generation of talented artists.” For over 30 years, Mill Street Loft has been established as an artistic mecca for students to gain knowledge, skills and confidence through visual arts media. Students who graduate from Mill Street Loft’s Art Insititute earn an average of $62,000 in merit-based scholarships for college. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website at arts.gov.


e-mail us your events: weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com << continued from previous page “Newburgh: Portrait of a City” Opening Reception; Friday, Dec. 7; 5-7 p.m.; Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie; Artist talk and book signing by photographer Dmitri Kasterine; 845-471-7477 or millstreetloft.org.

Artist Profile: Ina Claire Gabler, local author

BY LINDA MARSTON-REID, PRESIDENT, DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL Local writer, Ina Claire Gabler has been busy with numerous readings of her recently published book, “Unexpected Return.” She has entertained audiences at informal staged readings in several regional locations and was recently featured in an interview during the Roundtable with Doug Grunther. The book contains 28 stories separated into four groupings: Endless Goodbyes, At the Edge, Resurrections, and Rising and Falling, however, the theme, “Unexpected Return” is reflected throughout all stories. One reviewer compared the collection of short stories as written in the style of Joyce Carol Oates, and the author said, “they have emerged from deep within me and express my feelings toward people as individuals and as a collective humanity filled with longings, inevitably faced with struggles that redeem us, pain us or both.” And “Unexpected Return” does contain a wide range of voices sharing raw reality, pathos, humor, mystery and suspense. As the reader gets into the book, they experience a touching story of an elderly woman that confronts her husband about his unnamed betrayal from years before. Another story sets the stage around a winter night, as a dying singer slips out of the hospital to give his wife an unsettling gift. The collection as a whole is a contemporary interpretation of our lives winding around the theme of the unexpected return. For instance, in this excerpt from “Snatch of Sea,” the reader experiences the feeling of waiting for something to return: “At four a.m. he stands on the pier and tries not to think about what’s to come. In the stark moonlight he watches the ocean drawn to land and drawn away, watches the ocean swallow cans and pebbles, broken sticks and shells. Hungry water, pulling and pushing the pier’s wood legs. The pier resists, calls out in the dark, old creaking bones that won’t give up.” Gabler’s path as a developing writer was supported by waitressing and teaching. She eventually went back to school and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois, and then taught as assistant professor at Milliken University in Decatur, Illinois. Gabler’s stories have been published in literary journals and won finalist awards in national and international story competitions. Her work for young adults has appeared in Scholastic and Pearson publications as well as Young Miss Magazine. The Sentinel Literary Quarterly selected her short story, “If,” for first place in last year’s competition, and as well as being included in “Unexpected Return” – here is a brief excerpt: “If the pretty woman hadn’t sat next to him on the train, he wouldn’t be stricken on the platform, his hand empty where the case should be. He composes himself surprisingly well as he pinpoints what led to this disaster: her voice mesmerized him; she awakened his desire only to hurt him with a cordial good-bye when his stop came at Penn Station. It wasn’t his fault; he’s been lonely. And now the violin, once destined for a Sotheby’s auction, is up for grabs on the rack above a train seat whose number he’s forgotten.” Gabler’s books are available at many local bookstores in the region, as well as on Amazon. She continues to write and is working on a new fantasy novel. Mark your calendars for the reading scheduled at the Hyde Park Library on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. - two other venues in Poughkeepsie and Woodstock will be announced soon through regional calendar listings. More information on Gabler and her writing can be found on the author’s webpage, inaclairegabler.com Ina Claire Gabler is a member of the Dutchess County Arts Council, whose mission is to provide the vision and leadership to support a thriving and diverse arts culture in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Contact Linda Marston-Reid, President, Dutchess County Arts Council, at 845-4543222 or lmr@artsmidhudson.org.

Hurricane Sandy Donations; Friday, Dec. 7; 6 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Items needed include black plastic bags, cleaning products, diapers, toiletries, towels, gift cards and toys for children; 845-3325622. Author Talk with Stanley Weintraub; Friday, Dec. 7; 7 p.m.; Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library and Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Author of “Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, Dec. 1941;” Free; 845-486-7745. Holiday Cookie, Candy and Ornament Sale; Saturday, Dec. 8; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; St. James’ Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; Fill a tin with cookies for $10 or purchase other sweets and handmade ornaments; 845-229-2820. Storytime with Santa; Saturday, Dec. 8; 11 a.m. - noon; Grinnell Library, 2642 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls; 845-297-3428. Stuff the Bus; Saturday, Dec. 8; noon-4 p.m.; Pet Goods, 1895 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; Fill the bus with cat food and shelter supplies donated to the Mid Hudson Animal Aid. Wilderstein Yuletide Tea; Saturday, Dec. 8; 1 p.m.; Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck; Author of “Wilderstein & the Suckleys” Cynthia Owen Phillip will be the guest speaker; Reservations recommended; $30; 845876-4818 or wilderstein.org. “The Beauty of Aging” Opening Reception; Saturday, Dec. 8; 1-4 p.m.; Barrett Art Center, 2nd Floor, 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie; 845471-2550 or info@barrettartcenter.org. Recital by Nancy Donaruma; Saturday, Dec. 8; 3 p.m.; Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd., Millbrook; 845-677-8550.

Friends of Clermont Annual Holiday Party; Saturday, Dec. 8; 5-7 p.m.; Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Wood Rd., Germantown; Wander through the mansion decorated for “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with a Livingston twist; $10 suggested donation; free for members; 518-537-6622 or fofc@gtel.net. Twilight Dinner and Tour; Saturday, Dec. 8; 5:30 p.m.; Locust Grove Historic Site; 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; $110; 845-454-4500. Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Hoedown; Saturday, Dec. 8; 6 p.m.; The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff; Featuring Little Creek and BBQ menu; $10, all proceeds going to the Red Cross Sandy Relief Fund; 845-876-0590 or therhinecliff.com. Public Menorah Lightings; Saturday, Dec. 8, Rhinebeck Savings Bank parking lot, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, Thorne Building, Millbrook, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 10, Red Hook information booth, 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 14, Rhinebeck Savings Bank parking lot, 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15, Rhinebeck Savings Bank parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Liberty Lounge Karaoke; Saturday, Dec. 8; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Liberty Public House, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Featuring DJ Mickey and over 2,500 song selections; 845-876-1760. Vanderbilt Mansion Holiday Open V House; Sunday, Dec. 9; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Refreshments provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association; historichydepark.org. Warm Up at Washington’s Headquarters; Sunday, Dec. 9; noon-4 p.m.; Washington Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh; Open house features the site decorated in 18th century holiday style with music, food and hot mulled cider brewing on an outdoor fire; 845-562-1195. Holiday Cookie Swap; Sunday, Dec. 9; 2 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; 845-876-2903. Annual Children’s Magic and Santa Party; Sunday, Dec. 9; 2 p.m.; Staatsburg Engine Co. #1 Firehouse, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg; Magician Steve Johnson will perform followed by a visit by Santa with gifts for the children of the Staatsburg Fire District for ages up to 10; Bring non-perishable food item; 845-773-9077. > >continued on page 12

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e-mail us your events: weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com << continued from previous page Aulos Ensemble; Sunday, Dec. 9; 3 p.m.; The Church of the Messiah, Montgomery St. at Chestnut St., Rhinebeck; An evening of French Baroque music for the season; rhinebeckmusic. org. Tower Music Series presents Tudor Brass with Janice Grace; Sunday, Dec. 9; 3:30 p.m.; Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; $20 suggested donation; 845452-8110 or poughkeepsiereformedchurch.org. Libba Bray and Gwenda Bond Discussion; Sunday, Dec. 9; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; RSVP at rsvp@oblongbooks.com. Advent Potluck Supper; Sunday, Dec. 9; 6 p.m.; Memorial Lutheran, Rte. 308 and Rte. 199, Rock City; 845-338-3504 or lutheranparishnortherndutchess.org. “Whose Human Rights;” Tuesday, Dec. 11; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library and Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor and national advocate at the United Nations Foundation will speak in honor of Human Rights Day; Free; Box lunch available for $10; RSVP by Dec. 3; 845229-5302 or mbenedict@ervk.org.

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The close relationship between FDR and his fifth-cousin Margaret (Daisy) Suckley has always been unclear. The essence of their union has been questionable since letters written between them were discovered in a suitcase hidden under Suckley’s bed after her death. On Dec. 7, the film, “Hyde Park on Hudson,” will open, starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, depicting a special time in American history that occurred right here in Hyde Park in 1939. Though the details of the film are based on some theoretical imaginings, they do portray a romantic relationship between the two distant cousins that may have been. “Margaret Suckley was a fascinating and complicated individual,” said Gregory Sokaris, the director of Wilderstein, the mansion in Rhinebeck where Suckley lived most of her life. It was well known that Suckley and FDR were close friends and confidantes, as is depicted in the book “Closest Companion,” a collection of Suckley’s diaries and letters to and from FDR that was edited by Geoffrey C. Ward. However, speculation exists as to how far that close relationship ever went. It is true that Suckley took one of the only photographs of FDR in his wheelchair and he kept a photo of her in the Oval Office. The film takes place in the Hyde Park area, however the actual filming was done in England. Actress Laura Linney, who plays Suckley, joined script writer and Rhinebeck resident, Richard Nelson, on a visit to Wilderstein to get a feel for Suckley’s life. Bill Murray, who plays FDR, visited FDR’s Hyde Park estate last year in preparation for the role. On June 11, 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth took the first trip to the United States ever made by a British Monarch. Why? Well, to eat hot dogs at a picnic, of course. Europe was on the brink of a war propelled by the Nazi regime, and a visit to the isolationistic USA marked the beginning of a diplomatic bond between the two countries.

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The film is set during this weekend, with an underlying theme of undisclosed love that is portrayed between FDR and Suckley in a hypothetical relationship. “They were Hudson Valley aristocracy,” said Sokaris, on the lifestyle of the Roosevelts and Suckley during this time period. “It’s not a documentary,” Sokaris points out. The film will undoubtedly bring some attention to the history, and mystery, of Hyde Park despite the fact that it wasn’t filmed here. “She takes that mysterious simplicity to surprising lengths, and goes seamlessly from utter vulnerability to rage to the strength and durability of an old tree in the damaged forest of this presidential Hyde Park,” fellow actor Alan Alda noted about Linney’s portrayal of Suckley in the film. Lucky for most of us, we live in an area where we can visit the real places where these stories happened. The Wilderstein mansion in Rhinebeck is located at 330 Morton Rd. and is open to the public for tours and special events throughout the year. The Queen Anne Victorian estate was built in 1888 and set on 40 acres overlooking the Hudson River. Thomas Holy Suckley purchased the estate in 1852, naming the site Wilderstein, “wild man’s stone,” in reference to a nearby Indian petroglyph. After three generations, Daisey Suckely was the last resident of the estate and died at Wilderstein in 1991 at 100-years-old. FDR’s home, Springwood, is located south of Suckley’s at 4097 Albany Post Rd. in Hyde Park. The site is also open for tours and special events year round. The film will likely bring many moviegoers out of the cinemas and into upstate New York, where they can feel the story still living today. See “Hyde Park on Hudson” as seen through the eyes of Suckley starting this Friday in select movie theaters.


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Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo and Congressman Chris Gibson cut the garland to officially open the winter market at the Kingston Farmers Market on Saturday. Photos by Larissa Carson.

Winter fresh at the farmers’ market

BY HV WEEKEND STAFF Local, farm fresh items are still the talk of the crop, even in the winter as our area farmers’ markets have officially headed indoors for the season. Congressmen Maurice Hinchey and Chris Gibson joined Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo for the official vine cutting at the Kingston Farmers’ Market at the Old Dutch Church last Saturday. The market runs every first and third Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April. More than 20 vendors are set up in the Old Dutch Church located in the historic Stockade District of Uptown Kingston, offering items such as fruits and vegetables, breads, baked goods, honey, farm fresh dairy products, beer and spirits, pickles, tamales, paella, heirloom seeds and more goods to last you through the winter. The award-winning Rhinebeck Farmers Market has set up shop at town hall through April and will run on alternate Sundays. This year’s winter market will be available on Dec. 16, Dec. 30, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10, March 24 and April 7 and April 21.Vendors offer unique and diverse selections of farm fresh products including homemade granola, probiotic ice cream, jams and chutneys from fruits of the Hudson Valley, locally brewed ales and farm-raised meats. The Red Hook Farmers Market will take over the historic Elmendorph Inn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month through February. The market, organized by Hearty Roots Farm in Tivoli, offers fruit, cider, produce, local meats, dairy, woolen fibers, jams, jellies as well as hot soup and prepared foods. Millerton’s winter market runs every Saturday through December with alternating weekends beginning in January – Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23, April 13 and April 27. Seasonal items will be set up for the winter at Gilmor Glass on 2 Main St.

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WEEKEND LOCAL READER

THE LONG AND THE SHORT

BY ANN LAFARGE If you love American literature, ure, and if you have plenty of time to ne read and enjoy a long, rich collection of letters by one ny of the 20th century’s prime novelists, you’ll have many m happy hours reading “Selected Letters of William Styron” edited by Rose Styron with R. Blakesleee o Gilpin (Random House, 650 pages, $40). He wrote to w his colleagues, his family, his friends, his fans (“how he loved his fans!”) and not always sweetly; thee spiciest element of this bounteous feast of words is his long-term fight with Norman Mailer. Styron started out as an editor in New York, but was soon fired, realizing that, “there’s something hideously crass and gaudy and meretricious about modern life.” And also realizing, as he wrote to his father, “I know what I want to do with my future. I want to write and that’s all.” And so he did. Peruse his letters to his longtime editor, Bob Loomis, to John P.Marquand, Jr., to George Plimpton, letters studded with references to other writers, such as “that prick, Salinger.” And musings on professional life, friendship, marriage and family. “There’s a lot to be said for marital bliss, but there’s no doubt that it also clutters up life a lot.” His bete noir was academic critics, AlfredKazin and his bunch, “who have done a great job of sandbagging the spirit of literature ... I hope they choke on their Joyce and their Hemingway and even old man Faulkner, too.” Follow his career as his novels are published. “Set This House on Fire,” in 1960, was successful, but “damned by the middlebrow press.” “Confessions of Nat Turner,” won a Pulitzer Prize; “Sophie’s Choice” in 1979, which hit the New York Time’s bestseller list at number two, number one being commandeered by “a moronic thriller by someone named Ludlum,” and “Darkness Visible,” the story of this “guru of melancholia” and his bouts with depression. “In my next life I’m going to have a Pontiac dealership instead of writing novels.” For this reader, Styron’s many letters to his daughter, Susanna, were the highlight. In short, this long book is a treasure and a joy. For those of us for whom nostalgia is the default mood, particularly at Christmas time, here’s a nice paperback stocking-stuffer, Stanley Weintraub’s “Pearl Harbor Christmas – A World at War, December 1941” (Da Capo Press, $14). “Hitler was delighted ... Pearl Harbor had given him Japan as a partner. ‘We can’t lose the war,’ he thought, ‘we now have an ally which has never been conquered in 3,000 years.’” Not. Remember that year? The hit novel was Edna Ferber’s “Saratoga Trunk,” and a new Ford cost $900. There were blackout curtains in the White House windows when Cordell Hull, Harry Hopkins and Lord Beaverbrook arrived, soon to be joined by Churchill who, when asked, “How long will it take to lick these boys?” answered, “if we manage it well, it will take only half as long as if we manage it badly.” There was a Christmas stocking for Fala, catnip for Churchill’s cat, and a turkey dinner at which Churchill read the 112th Psalm. And then ... but that’s another story. Avid short story readers will welcome two new collections this season. Alice Munro needs no introduction; she’s probably the prime short story writer of our time, and her new collection “Dear Life” {14} December 5, 2012 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

(Knopf, $27) is a joy to read. And there’s a special lagniappe: the last four stories in the collection, the “Finale,” are in the author’s words “not quite stories. They form a separate unit, one that is autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact. I believe they are the first and last – and the closest – things I have to say about my own life.” Don’t skip this, save them for last. These stories about childhood are among her finest and most moving. And once you come to the last line – having paused, probably, to read Billy Collins’s ppoem “Forgetfulness” between stories – you’ll want to embroider it onto a ppillow or a needlepoint, so you’ll never fo forget it. British story writer Tessa Hadley’s se second collection of short stories, “M “Married Love And Other Stories” (H (Harper Perennial, trade paperback ori original, $15) features twelve stories abo about love, marriage, family, class, hopes, disappointment, rage ... in other words, life. In tthe title story, a 19-year-old violinist asks, “How would you feel if you told your fam family you were getting married and they said ‘whatever for?’” A friend told me her method of reading a collection of short stories: Read the first line of each one, and then choose which to read first. So I tried that, and got hooked on the first one I read. “Albert Arno, the film director, dropped dead at his home in the middle of a sentence.” Read on! What is it with Young Adult novels these days? The newspapers tell us that adults are reading them as well as the audience for whom they are intended, girls from 12 to 18, or thereabouts. I lined up seven news ones on my dining room table, and looked at them. Each cover depicted a usually terrified-looking, girl’s face, and, in the background, a tortured tree, a raven, a stormy night or a snake. So which one shall I choose to read and mention in this column? The decision was easy, because Gwenda Bond, author of “Blackwood” (Strange Chemistry, $10), will be featured at this coming Sunday’s Hudson Valley YA Society event at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck at 4 p.m. Her debut novel takes place on Roanoke Island, the very island from which, in 1584, 114 settlers vanished, never to be heard from again. Now, America’s oldest mystery is about to be repeated. Meet Miranda Blackwood, of the island’s most infamous family, a senior in high school and pretty much a loner, and her sidekick, her dog, Sidekick. And meet Phillips, who’d been banished to a boarding school four years ago because he kept hearing voices. He’s the son of the local police chief, and he’s been called home to Roanoke. Yes, it’s happening again. People are disappearing. 114 of them, to be exact. And then ... Meet Gwenda Bond and also authors Libba Bray and Maureen Johnson for a discussion, book signing and refreshments. And remember, you’re never too old to read a YA novel! 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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Classic Christmas movies return to Red Hook

BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Classic Christmas movies return to Red Hook at the Lyceum Cinemas for the 21st year on Saturday, Dec. 15. Along with Rhinebeck Bank and other local merchants, Lyceum will offer two films that children and their families can enjoy for free. Attendees can choose from a showing of the animated holiday classic “The Polar Express” or the re-telling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale, “The Nutcracker Prince” at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 15. Admission to the holiday movies are free, and a total of 800 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be obtained in advance from local merchants including Hardscrabble Movies to Go, F&M Printing, Subway, Butler & Sons, Griff’s Southside Deli, Rusty’s Restaurant and Charlie O’s Restaurant. Tickets are also available at the Red Hook branch of the Rhinebeck Bank. Santa will also be in attendance at the theater at 9:30 a.m. offering parents the perfect photo opportunity before the show. Everyone who attends the holiday screenings are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be collected by the Dutchess County Community Action Agency in Red Hook for distribution in the area. If you’d like to donate, but would rather not stay for a movie, drop off items between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Local artists auction wreaths in Rosendale

BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Local artists have been invited to design a holiday wreath to be displayed and auctioned off in the lobby of the Rosendale Theatre and in Canaltown Alley, next to the theater and right behind the Big Cheese. The wreaths will be on display for the weekend of Dec. 7-9 and silent auction sheets will be available on Friday from 3-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Hosts will be available in Canaltown to give guests an auction number during those times. The event culminates with a festive gathering on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 p.m. preceding the final performance of David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” at the Rosendale Theater. All proceeds of the auction will benefit the Rosendale Theatre. Visit rosendaletheatre.org for details.

Bieber breaks down in the Catskills Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber recently, and accidentally, made his way to the Catskills last week. The pop star was on his way to a soldout show at Madison Square Garden by way of Montreal last Thursday when his tour bus broke down. Bieber posted a message to his official Twitter page saying, “When your bus breaks down in the middle of the Catskill Mountains… #notswaggy.”

Affordability 101: The Basics of College Financial Aid; Tuesday, Dec. 11; 6-7 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls; Free program with Sandra M. Moore, founder and principal of Next Step College Counseling; 845-297-3428.

UPCOMING Introduction to eBooks and Audiobooks; Wednesday, Dec. 12; 9:30 a.m.; Charwat Meeting Room, Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Bring current library card; Register by calling 845-485-3445 ext. 3381 or visit poklib.org. Meeting of the End the New Jim Crow Action Committee; Wednesday, Dec. 12; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sadie Peterson Delany African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; 845-475-8781 or endthenewjimcrow.blogspot.com. “When Harry Met Sally;” Wednesday, Dec. 12; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; 845-876-2903. Rhinebeck@Home Holiday Dessert Exchange; Thursday, Dec. 13; 2-4 p.m.; Church of Messiah Parish Hall, Rhinebeck; Call 845-876Home for a ride. What is a Locavore?; Thursday, Dec. 13; 7 p.m.; Hellenic Center, 54 Park Ave., Poughkeepsie; Panelists include Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Earth to Table Director Joe Baldwin, Poughkeepsie Farm Project Executive Director Susan Grove and Director of Outpatient Nutritional Counseling Roufia Payman; aauwpoughkeepsie.org.

Hanukkah Celebration at Vassar Temple; Friday, Dec. 14; 6 p.m.; Vassar Temple Social Hall, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Attendees are asked to bring a dairy dish (no meat or poultry) to the potluck dinner; $18 per family or $6 per person; Reserve by Dec. 10; 845-223-5804 or roniagt99@aol.com. “Boxaroxen;” Dec. 14-16; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; inspired by the book “Roxaboxen” by Alice McLerran; $15; 845-8766470. Mid-Hudson Community Orchestra Concert; Friday, Dec 14; 7:30 p.m.; Dutchess Hall Theater, Dutchess Community College, Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie; Mix of classical orchestral music and show tunes; Free; 845-431-8000 or midhudsoncommunityorchestra.org. “The Sound of Music (1965);” Friday, Dec. 14; 7:30 p.m.; Ulster Performing Arts Center, 602 Broadway, Kingston; Dress like a nun and get in for free; $6 all seats; 845-339-6088 or upac.org. Seasonal Holiday Concert; Friday, Dec. 14; 8 p.m.; Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9 and Church St., Hyde Park; Featuring Graham and Barbara Dean, Mitch Katz, The Walkill High School Madrigal Choir and the Dover Boys; $10, $8 Hudson Valley Folk Guild members; 845758-2681. “Choban Elektrik” Brooklyn Slavic Jazz; Friday, Dec. 14; 9-11 p.m.; Liberty Public House, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; 845876-1760. Holiday Open House; FDR Presidential Library and Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site at Val-Kill; Saturday, Dec. 15; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Shuttle to ValKill available from FDR site, no onsite parking at Val-Kill from 4-7 p.m.; Free; 845-229-6214. Holiday Bake Sale; Saturday, Dec. 15; 10 a.m. 1 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 2715 Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley; 845-635-3289 or pvpresby.org. Christmas at Clermont Open House; Saturday, Dec. 15; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Wood Rd., Germantown; 518-537-6622.

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Red Hook Education Foundation supports new Transition Specialist

Pat Cannizzaro of Hyde Park and Jamil Marzouka. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Red Hook Education Foundation granted $5,000 to the Red Hook Central School District to assist in the appointment of a transition specialist at the high school to advance college and career planning. The school district contracted Red Hook resident Margaret D’Onofrio to assist the current guidance counselors with individualized and group college and career planning. This new service will increase the likelihood that the achievements of Red Hook’s students are recognized and their aspirations are realized. The funding from the Red Hook Education Foundation will be used to support costs associated with activities, workshops, and events focused on college exploration, college selection,

the college application process, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and the financial implications of paying for colleges. Funds used for career counseling will support the costs associated with helping students explore choice opportunities for employment, developing a career portfolio and resume, working with area businesses to develop internship experiences for students, connecting students with formal training programs, and working with students to develop a transition plan in preparation for life after high school. D’Onofrio will have an office at the Red Hook High School and will begin work in December. All students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of this important new service.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT BENEFITS PATIENTS BY HV NEWS STAFF Jamil Marzouka knew his project’s success would help determine if he would obtain Eagle Scout. The now 18-year-old Pleasant Valley resident and Our Lady of Lourdes High School student, discussed project choices with fellow Troop 17 Scouts and adult advisors. After all, they would be enlisted to assist Marzouka, who decided to complete a project at Saint Francis Hospital. Marzouka met with Jason Barlow, the hospital’s vice president of Support Services, before deciding to put in plants and landscape outside the newly expanded and relocated Cancer Center on the first floor of the Medical Arts Pavilion. Patients being treated in the Center’s Infusion Center would have a view of more than a roadway. “He showed me a lot of potential projects,” Marzouka said of Barlow. “I picked the one I felt I should be involved with. Family members had cancer; that’s what drew me into this project.” Barlow and Saint Francis Hospital are not new to Eagle Scout projects. Sixteen have been completed in the last eight years at the hospital. Barlow, who became an Eagle Scout in Hawaii in 1972, was recently welcomed as a member of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Association and serves as president, Area

2 of the Northeast Region of Scouting. Prospective Eagle Scouts must design and organize their projects. They turn for manpower to fellow Scouts and adult volunteers. Marzouka joined Troop 17 in Poughkeepsie when he was 14. “That’s kind of late to start working towards Eagle,” he said. “But I came into a troop that had a good record of Scouts obtaining Eagle. I kind of thought it was ‘mandatory’ and wanted to be an Eagle from when I joined.” Through an assistant Scoutmaster who works at Adams Fairacre Farms, Marzouka was able to obtain plants and mulch. On the first of the two-day project he had a crew of 45, augmented by a contingent from Troop 44. “I was very pleased with the way it turned out,” said Marzouka, who hopes in the months ahead to be successful in his quest to become an Eagle Scout. “I was invited to the formal dedication of the Cancer Center at Saint Francis. Pat Cannizzaro (a Cancer Center outpatient) spoke and didn’t know I had been involved in the landscaping or that I was there with my Mom. She mentioned in her speech how much the landscaping helped her. When she said that, it really brightened my spirits. I really felt I did something good.”

Pictured, from left to right: Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Magistrates Immediate Past-Presidnet (Town and Vilage of Red Hook); Hon Casey McCabe, Magistrates Vice-President (Town of North East); Public Defender Tom Angell; Hon Frank Christensen, Magistrates Treasurer (Town of Milan) and Hon Robert Rahemba, Magistrates Secretary (Town of Fishkill). Photo submitted.

Public defender addresses local judges BY HV NEWS STAFF Acting Pubic Defender of Dutchess County Tom Angell addressed local town and village justices at the recent dinner meeting of the Dutchess County Magistrates Association held at Copperfield’s Restaurant in Salt Point. Angell discussed the new initiative of New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to provided an attorney at after-business hour arraignments of defendants. Mr. Angell told the local judges that, through a state grant, he will provide staffing for these arrangements on weekday evenings and throughout weekends. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | December 5, 2012 {17}


Noted scientist speaks at Millbrook Rotary BY HV NEWS STAFF Dr. William Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, was the featured speaker at a recent Millbrook Rotary meeting. The Cary Institute is a private, non-profit, independent research institute located on Rte. 44 in Millbrook that specializes in environmental science and policy. The property has over 2,000 acres and is part of an endowment from the Mary Flagler Cary estate. There are 16 scientists on staff along with eight to 10 visiting post docs at any time, and another 100 employees, which include field and lab assistants, as well as field and grounds employees. Scientists at Cary author over 100 scientific publications each year. Research is conducted in Lyme and tick diseases, west-Nile virus, the ecology of fresh water, and biogeo-chemistry topics such as the effect of climate change on forest soils. The Institute also runs a camp for environmental education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and works with teachers. On many Friday evenings during the year, the Institute hosts events for

Dr. William Schlesinger. Photo submitted.

the public that have visiting scientists, authors, and movies on a variety of environmental topics. Check caryinstitute.org/events for the event schedule.

Jeri Miller and Morgan. Photo submitted.

Tale of diabetes-detecting dog to be broadcasted

BY HV NEWS STAFF On Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m., tune in to RadioRotary to learn about the remarkable skills of diabetes-trained service dogs who assist victims of severe diabetes even from a mile away. Jeri Miller, a high school guidance counselor who suffers from Type I diabetes, will describe how Morgan, her diabetes alert service dog, lets her know that she must take her medication a half-hour before her meter signals her. Miller has been on insulin for 15 years, injecting herself four to five times a day. Morgan is on alert every hour of every day. Miller describes in detail how service dogs such as her Morgan “work” to alert their companions from a distance, obey commands to get a test kit or juice, and dial 911 in an emergency. These special dogs start training at 13 weeks old and can work with children as young as two years old. RadioRotary is broadcasted AM stations WGHQ 920, WBNR 1260, and WLNA 1420. Internet listeners can listen live on.hvradionet.com

Wreaths Across America coming to Kingston BY HV NEWS STAFF

Pictured, left to right: Rotary President Damian Amodeo, Vice President Tracy Shober, Interact Club Secretary Katarina Lee, Interact Club President Allison Hill, Interact Club Vice President Peter Kase, Interact Club Advisor Dr. Greer Fischer, Interact Club Liaison David Meyerson. Photo submitted.

Interact officers take oath of office

The Hyde Park Rotary Club presided over the installation of officers for the FDR High School Interact Club on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Interact officers were given the oath of office and new Interact Club members received their Interact pins and tee-shirts. The FDR Interact Club is in its second year. Recent activities for the club include an antibullying bake sale with proceeds going to the Mediation Center, and participation in the regional Interact Day at Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill. {18} December 5, 2012 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

The Wreaths Across America Arlington Escort will stop at the Spring Lake Firehouse on Dec. 11 as one of their stops during the 2012 trip from Maine to Arlington Cemetery with wreaths to be laid on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes. A project of the Worcester Wreath Company for 20 years, the Spring Lake Fire Department will host a ceremony open to the public at 1:30 p.m. on Lucas Ave in Kings-

ton. All are invited to come and wish the convoy well on the next leg of their weeklong trip to Arlington Cemetery. Since 1992, the Arlington project had been the quiet mission of Morrill Worcester and his family. In 2006, the Worcester family was contacted by the Patriot Guard Riders who generously offered their help with the project. To learn more about Wreaths Across America, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.


CECILIA DURKIN WINS ATHENA AWARD BY HV NEWS STAFF Cecilia Dinio Durkin, the founder, owner and president of Women’s Work, was chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Athena Award by The Chamber Foundation, and was presented the honor at the annual Athena Award Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 2 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. As the 2012 Athena Award winner, Dinio Durkin will travel to the 2012 Athena International Conference in Chicago, Illinois and represent the Hudson Valley region. After living in Botswana, Africa for three years, Dinio Durkin and her family returned to the Hudson Valley to open Women’s Work, a fair trade store in the Poughkeepsie Plaza whose mission is to enable women to live their chosen, desired way of life. Women’s Work sells jewelry, art, crafts and home goods created by women all over the world. In addition to operating Women’s Work, Dinio Durkin is an in-demand consultant for the United States government and others on issues of fair trade. She has recently assisted on projects involving artisans in South Africa, Pakistan, Guatemala and more. “Cecilia is someone who doesn’t just make the Hudson River Valley better, but the whole world,” said Charles North, president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Foundation. “I am honored to present her with the 2012 Athena Award.” Dinio Durkin not only helps women outside of America, her store benefits women and youth locally as well. At Women’s Work, Cecilia hires staff that both sells the beautiful handicrafts and also brings awareness of ethical consumerism to the store’s customers. She is involved with many community organizations, serving as international chair on the board of the American Association of University, as chairperson for the Live Your Dream Girls Conference and as co-chair of the My Sister’s Keeper initiative. Bestowed annually, the Athena Award is given to a member of the community who best embodies the Athena Leadership Model. The model is unique in that it focuses on personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence. The 2012 Athena honorees, all chosen because of their strengths in career excellence and leadership, community

Sepascot Home Farm owners Christopher and Susan Kelly Fitzgerald with Rhinebeck Rotary President Deb Breen. Courtesy of Sharper Images Photographic. Cecilia Dinio Durkin. Photo submitted.

volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor, especially to women in the business community, included: • Joan Crawford, LCSW, deputy executive director, Family Services • ·Geeta Desai, management consultant, Global Business Advantage • ·Cecilia Dinio Durkin, founder/ owner/president, Women’s Work • ·Jacqueline Goffe-McNish, professor, Dutchess Community College • Maureen Kangas, general manager, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center • Dr. Kathleen Mantaro, medical director, Vassar Brothers Medical Center • Sharon Matyas, special events and community relations manager, The Culinary Institute of America • Sister Rose Marie Mullen, osf, historian, Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers • Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega, owner, Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega and Associates

Rotary club hosts local, organic farmers BY HV NEWS STAFF Rhinebeck Rotary Club recently hosted Christopher and Susan Kelly Fitzgerald of Sepascot Home Farm at its weekly luncheon at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. Sepascot Home Farm’s mission is to raise happy, healthy animals humanely. To provide their neighbors, friends aqnd family with the best food their farm can provide, free of pesticides, herbicides and all other chemicals. They do not use hormones or antibiotics on any of their animals. The family has had a long history with the farm that dates back to 1906 when Leslie Weaver and Margaret Flack (Sue’s great grandparents) purchased 144 acres in order to raise a purebred Guernsey cow herd and begin a breeding program, selling prize stock to farms such as Astor’s Ferncliff and Penny’s Blue Ribbon Farm. The farm now operates a farm stand market in one of their barns, located at 781 Rte. 308 in Rhinebeck. The farm stand is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. til 7 p.m. all year round. The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on

Mondays at 12:15 p.m. throughout the year, and is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of other through various projects locally, nationally and internationally. The regular club meetings typically feature speakers who cover a variety of human interest topics. For more information on becoming a member, call David Albahary at 914244-0333.

LEND A HAND WITH 12 DAYS OF MITTENS

BY HV NEWS STAFF Donate a pair of new/unused mittens or gloves during Grinnell Library’s 12 Days of Mittens, December 1-12. All donations will be given to the Zion Church of Wappingers Falls to benefit children in need. Grinnell Library is located at 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls.

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on the person’s condition. Registration for the service requires the submission of an application which includes pertinent medical and emergency information. For more information concerning this program or to obtain an application, please call the Dutchess County Office for Aging Services at 845-486-2555 or toll free at 866486-2555. The service is free and jointly sponsored by the Dutchess Country Sheriff’s Office and the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. If you know of someone needing this service, please bring it to their attention.

CLINTON BY RAY OBERLY

Fire Commissioners’ Elections The East and West Clinton Fire Districts will hold elections for fire commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Usually there is one fire commissioner position open for election for a fiveyear term. Any registered voter in the respective fire district is eligible to vote in this election. The Board of Fire Commissioners oversees the operations of their fire and rescue services, develops and approves policies and procedures, establishes bonds and yearly budgets, and determines fire tax rates. The elections will be held for the East Clinton Fire District in their firehouse on Firehouse Lane off Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners and for West Clinton in Firehouse 1 at 219 Hollow Road in Pleasant Plains.

Classical Christmas Concert The seventh annual Classical Christmas Concert will be held at St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Road North, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Professional musicians from the local area will perform seasonal sacred and classical selections. Duel grand harps will set the stage for local professional musicians to herald the season. The artists include harpists Laura Majestic and Anna Hineman, violinist Steve Starkman, flutist Connie Kessel and special guest pianist Francis Ricci. Vocalists Lucy Dhegrae and Lauren Hoffman join with other singers in presenting a message of hope and peace. There is free admission and a free-will offering will be taken to benefit both The Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Healing our Patriots. These organizations provide needed services for those who are returning from active military duty. For directions and more information, call St. John’s Reformed Church at 845-758-1184, email to office@ stjohnsreformed.org, or visit their web page at stjohnsreformed.org.

Thanksgiving Eve Service Report The Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church held their annual Thanksgiving Pie Night on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21 at the home of Wayne Chadwell, as was originally done years ago. Wayne welcomed the overflow of attendees, including many children and teenagers. Attendees were seated on every

HEAP Season Started Donors, helpers and blood service workers at the end of the day with some showing bandages around their arms from donating at the Clinton Community Blood Drive. Seated, left to right, Tom and Bonnie Lint, Linda and Brian Mortensen, Claudia Cooley and Ray Joyce. Standing Dave Graybill, Joan and Bob Tompkins and Barbara Joyce. Photo submitted.

available chair, on the floor and even standing, but that did not reduce their enthusiasm. Several children were given the task of taking the coats and dutifully storing them in a bedroom. The pie night activity was started more than 20 years ago. Wayne played his guitar while the attendees sang “We Gather Together.” The children took small pieces of paper that contained short religious sayings or things to be thankful for and read them. The attendees were then given the opportunity to give testimonials on things they are thankful for, community situations, and world peace. Pastor Dave Way, who originally founded this church, talked about having good relationships with family and those around us. He read a few short articles about how people are thankful in all kinds of circumstances. All sang “Thanks You Lord.” Pastor Way gave a brief closing prayer of thanks to the Lord, knowing only he stood between the pies and the attendees. About 15 pies were on the kitchen table including coconut custard, white chocolate cheese cake, molasses cake, various types of pumpkin pie, lemon meringue, cherry, apple, blueberry, Key lime, cherry cobbler, and, not to be forgotten, cans of whipped cream. The pies quickly disappeared as the teenagers and adults went around the table. Many people stayed late to help clean up and visit with friends – all are looking forward to next year’s event. While the pie eating was in process, Pastor Way gave these comments, “We are pleased with the number of people who came out to Pie Night this year. Everyone was in a thankful mood. Pie always draws a crowd.” Thanks are given to Wayne and Nancy Chadwell for the use of their home, to all the pie bakers, and to anyone else who helped.

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Clinton Community Blood Drive Report The Clinton Community Blood Drive was co-sponsored by the Clinton Alliance Church, the Clinton Community Library, and the West Clinton Fire Department. The blood drive was held on Nov. 30 in the Alliance Church’s Youth Hall. A record number of 43 pints was donated, with seven people donating doubles. The increased donations were attributed to the aggressive use of Facebook to solicit donors. There was a constant flow of donors all day. Special thanks are given to Ray Joyce for starting, coordinating, and operating the blood drive for many years. This was Ray’s last blood drive as coordinator. Tom Lint from the Clinton Alliance Church will undertake the duties previously performed by Joyce. Additional thanks are given to helpers Tom Lint, Barbara Joyce, Bob and Joan Tompkins, Dave Graybill, Pat Mastri, Claudia Cooley, and the Clinton Alliance Church for the use of their Youth Hall. The next blood drive will be in March 2013.

“Are You O.K.?” Program The “Are You O.K.?” program is a safety program that targets vulnerable individuals who, in the event of illness, accidental injury, or crime, are in danger of being left unattended and unaided for a lengthy period of time. The program provides a daily telephone service to Dutchess County residents who are elderly or disabled and living alone to insure they are in good condition. A computer calls the subscriber every day at the same time. If the person fails to answer the call after fifteen minutes, the computer retrieves the emergency data provided by the subscriber. The Dutchess Country Sheriff’s office then dispatches a friend or relative designated by the subscriber or a police officer to check

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season, which provides a one-time payment to the fuel supplier of households who meet the eligibility requirements, started on Nov. 19 and runs through March 15, 2013. Depending on your income, the benefit amount for most senior citizen homes that heat with oil, kerosene, or propane is $625 or $650. If you heat with wood, pellets, coal, or corn heating types, the amount is $525 or $550. Utilities like PSC Electric and natural gas have a benefit amount this year of $425 or $450. Households which do not pay for heat directly but instead make undesignated payments for the heat in the form of rent may be eligible for a heat included benefit. Depending on income, this payment can range from $20 to $25. Payment can go to the household or the utility. If you have received HEAP in the past, you should have already received an application by mail. If you have not received an application, but meet the eligibility requirements listed below, call Aging Services at 845-486-2555. New applicants will be required to complete a HEAP application and interview, as well as provide proof of each household member’s identity (including a valid Social Security number), proof of residence, provide a fuel and/or utility bill if you pay for heat or proof that you pay rent that includes heat, and verify the income for all household members. Eligibility is based on your monthly income and household size. For a household of one, your monthly income should not exceed $2,138. Two person households have an income cut off of $2,796. Once your HEAP application has been processed, you will receive a HEAP Notice of Eligibility. Keep this notice in a safe place. If you have an emergency, do not wait until you are out of heating fuel or your gas/ electric service has been terminated to request assistance. Your utility company is not required to restore your service, even if you are eligible for a HEAP benefit. Emergency HEAP does not open until January 2, 2013 and there will be no emergency benefits available before that day.


DUTCHESS PUBLIC DEFENDER APPOINTED

BY HV NEWS STAFF Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced his selection of Thomas Angell as Public Defender. Angell has served as Acting Public Defender since February 2011. The appointment is effective January 1, 2013. “Tom Angell is an excellent attorney and a passionate advocate for all those that he serves,” said Molinaro. “Tom’s longtime experience working within the criminal justice system of Dutchess County will ensure the tradition of providing effective, quality representation through the Public Defender’s Office continues.” Angell has more than 31 years of experience practicing law. He is a graduate of Rhinebeck High School and Earlham College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor degree with Honors from Hofstra Law School. He joined Dutchess County Government as Senior Assistant Public Defender in 1989. He was named Chief Assistant Public Defender in 2004 and served in this role until February 2011, when he was appointed as Acting Public Defender following the retirement of David Goodman. He serves as a member of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council, where he is co-chair of the Jail/ATI Committee and cochair of the Reentry Committee. He was a major contributor to the recently issued CJC report Criminal Justice Needs Assessment. Angell serves as a member of the Town of Stanford Planning Board and on the board of directors for the Dutchess County Agricultural Society. He has previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Association of Dutchess Count, Dutchess Outreach and the Alternative Crisis Pregnancy Center. Angell and his wife, Janet, reside in the Town of Stanford on the Bentley Farm where they raised their eight children. His extended family has operated the Bentley Farm for several generations. Angell said, “Dutchess County is fortunate to have a highly dedicated group of professionals working in its Public Defender’s office. It has been my distinct pleasure to oversee the operations of our office for the past 22 months as Acting Public Defender. I appreciate the confidence that County Executive Molinaro has shown in me by appointing me as Public Defender. I look forward to building on the fine work of my predecessors and continuing to provide high quality legal representation to the individuals assigned to our office by the courts of Dutchess County.” A resolution confirming the appointment of. Angell as Public Defender will be voted on by the Dutchess County Legislature at its Dec. 6 board meeting.

HUDSON VALLEY HONORS

Natasha Vega, Tom Mailey, Sue Sullivan, Anne Osborn, Frederick Osborn III, Sandy Arteaga,Tony Beaudoin, Luke Cierniak, Kreshnik Deliu, Mia Rende and Ariel Grant. Photo submitted.

Local philanthropic leaders honored BY HV NEWS STAFF The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated National Philanthropy Day by honoring six individuals and organizations for their impact on the community. The event drew over 150 fundraising professionals from Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties. The day began with educational presentations by Changing Our World, New York Council of Nonprofits, and The Osborne Group, followed by an

awards luncheon at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. This is the sixth year the National Philanthropy Day luncheon has been held in the Mid-Hudson Valley. This year’s top philanthropists are: Sandy Arteaga for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer; Stewart’s Shops for Corporate Philanthropy; Sue Sywetz Sullivan for Outstanding Fundraising Professionals; Dutchess Community College Student Government Association for Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy; Natasha Vega for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy;

and Frederick Osborn III and Anne Todd Osborn as Outstanding Philanthropists. Each has made a difference to nonprofit organizations in the Hudson Valley from a local corporation contributing over $16 million to local non-profit programs, to teenagers raising over $107,000 to support children and young adults around the world. Event organizers said it’s important to give thanks to those who make an impact on the community, regardless of the size of their organization.

Friends group pledges $250K to Poughkeepsie Library Author Steve Hamilton set to talk at Friends’ annual meeting BY HV NEWS STAFF The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will present the first of its five $50,000 donations to the library district for the Boardman Road Branch capital improvement project and welcome author Steve Hamilton at their annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium. Five new board members will be welcomed during a short business meeting after which refreshments will be served. Hamilton, the author of the Alex McKnight mystery novel series, will speak at 7 p.m.. The latest installment, “Die A Stranger,” is now on

sale. Following his talk, Hamilton will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. At their September meeting, the Friends’ board of directors pledged $250,000 over five years to the library for the Boardman Road project. The pledge was contingent upon voter approval of the project, which came in the November election. The first $50,000 of the pledge will be given to Tom Lawrence, Library District director. This tradition began with the first $250,000 pledge by the Friends for the renovations at the Adriance Memorial Library Branch in 2006. The final

$50,000 for the District’s Phase II capital improvement was presented in 2010. The Friends are able to support the Library District’s growth because of the community’s generosity. This includes the many hours and efforts of volunteers, the thousands of books donated for its book sales, contributions to appeals, and participation in many Library District events sponsored by the Friends. The annual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the MidHudson Library System Auditorium, next to the Adriance Memorial Library, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie. The event is free and open to the public.

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GUEST COLUMN

The science of Sandy

BY MICHAEL KULLA, PH.D. Megastorm Sandy has created shockwaves for the unaware but less so for believers in the legitimacy of climate alteration. In either case, Sandy should serve as a rude awakening. The question is will we seriously address it or kick the can down the road, like we›ve been doing for years. Think about it. Entire towns like Stony Point were submerged under water and surrounded by hurricane winds sounding like freight trains. People were fleeing for their lives, some trapped in their flooded cars or homes. Ships were tossed on land, houses ripped from their foundations. Firefighters were either trapped or low pressure from hydrants resulted in frustration, causing them to watch as houses burned to the ground. 34th Street down to the Battery was taken out. The subways were shut down as the salt water and electricity proved to be a deadly mix. The Westside Highway was inundated. Water burst into the Battery Tunnel. Health risks proliferated and still do. Ocean water breached «natural» barriers for the first time in Metropolis› history. Here was utter bedlam with marked after-effects for millions of people Is this the beginning of things to come or was it a one-time event? A number of climate scientists are saying that it›s too early to tell. But what›s undeniable is that ocean waters are warmer than ever before. Ice caps are melting at

the most significant rate in recorded history. Ocean levels have risen and are projected to go higher. The number of storms may diminish, but they are more intense. Science projects that we›ll see more flooding in the future. Especially vulnerable is the low lying coast line. Over the years, scientific understanding of climate change has solidified while the public understanding of it has not. Instead, the subject matter has become more polarized. Climate change adherents and opponents mix like salt water and electricity. The former are usually worried stiff by its threat to existence as we know it. The latter›s responses range from denials and/or far-fetched conspiracy theories from mainstream science. to causality not by man but by the sun, volcanoes, water vapor, etc. Some believe God will rescue man and the earth. Climate change came into public view in the late 1980s from evolving understanding of it over more than 150 years through the accumulation of observable data, testing and refinement of hypotheses. In 2010, the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change concluded that with high or very high confidence that the earth is warming, more so over the last several decades due to human activity, and that other climate shifts are

occurring (rising sea levels, widespread ocean acidification, etc.). All posing risks to a wide range of environmental and human systems, including human health, and it is expected to continue for decades and in some cases centuries. Virtually every national science academy and every major scientific organization has affirmed that climate revision is real and very dangerous. Of the active and prominent climate scientist, 97 to 98 percent «endorse» global climate change. In contrast, only 49 percent of the U.S. public supports the idea. Argentinians weigh in at 81 percent, Japanese at 91 percent (Gallop poll 2007 - 2008). Why are US public beliefs so divergent from scientists’ opinions? First, the physical phenomenon of climate change is hard to grasp. Second, the public’s view is being shaped as a policy issue in which a well-funded and orchestrated campaign has had success in promoting striking variation with scientific evidence. Third, it’s hard to understand climate shifts unless one is personally experiencing it. Fourth, people rely on mass media for their information. Accurate reporting is only one objective of media that also seeks to maximize sales and conform to the interest and values of the media outlet owners and its advertisers. Fifth, the communications medium is prone

Maybe Sandy’s imprint will move us out of our do-nothingness to address carbon realities, not band-aid solutions.

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DEC EXTENDS HYDROFRACKING REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS BY HV NEWS STAFF On Thursday, Nov. 28, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a notice of Continuation with the Department of State to extend the rulemaking process by 90 days in order to give New York State Commissioner of Health time to complete his review of the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The extension is necessary, in part, because Commissioner of Health Dr. Nirav Shah agreed to provide an additional review after a request by Commissioner Joe Martens, in consultation with outside experts, of whether DEC has adequately addressed potential im-

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to frame stories dramatically, e.g. as impending dangers or as controversies with sharply opposing sides, and to report «breaking news» stories in preference to ones of slow onset or a chromic nature. Sixth, news stories are condensed for brevity sake and attention span considerations. Seventh, giving equal space to the “the other side” is too often conceded to under pressure regardless of its legitimacy. This phenomenon seems to have increased as news outlets have slimmed the ranks of scientific journalists due to economic pressures. Unfortunately, the previously mentioned variables may create biases and emotional reactions as opposed to logical responses to climate news. Confusion, fear and anger are widespread in America. Blame is too freely fixed while reason is diverted. Consider the assault on science and scientists who all too often are portrayed as “those pointy-headed elite.” This is a frightening precedent. Then in April 2012 the House of Representatives denied the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent finding that climate change is unequivocal. We continue to dawdle while environmental and human insults go on and get worse. Maybe Sandy’s imprint will move us out of our do-nothingness to address carbon realities, not band-aid solutions.

pacts to public health. This filing with the Department of State extends the rulemaking period 90 days to enable Dr. Shah to complete his review and DEC time to take into account the results of the review and continue to consider the potential impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Public comment will be accepted on the draft regulations from December 12 through 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013. In total, the Department received over 66,000 individual public comments on these documents, from postal mail, electronic submissions, and speakers at public hearings held in 2011.


FARMER’S FULFILLMENT SERVICES, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 9/24/12. Office loc. Duchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 59 Walnut Lane, Staatsburg, New York 12580. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Jon and Jacks LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on August 20, 2012. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 23 Marino Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. Purpose: Any and all lawful business. United States Corporation Agents, Inc.(USCA) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. USCA shall mail copy of process to Jon and Jacks LLC, 23 Marino Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601.

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Formation of BJG, LLC filed with the Secy. of State (SSNY) on 11/1/12. Office loc.: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail process to is 93 Stone Church Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Mgmt. shall be by one or more members. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Dance Forever & Set The Stage Productions, LLC. Art. Of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 08/20/12. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Dance Forever & Set The Stage Productions, LLC., PO Box 1179, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of HUDSON SHOP LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Scy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/12. Office of LLC is 42 Washington Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508, Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The purpose of business is to engage in any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company; Articles of Organization of Mt. Riga Farm, LLC (hereinafter “the LLC”) were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on November 15, 2012. The office of the LLC is located in Dutchess County, New York. The LLC has designated the Secretary of State of New York as its agent upon which process against it may be served. The post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is Downey, Haab & Murphy PLLC, 87 Main Street, P.O. Box Z, Millerton, NY 12546. The purpose of the LLC shall be to conduct any lawful business or activity whatsoever, as permitted by applicable law. DVD Teacher LLC, a domestic LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the SSNY on October 18, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: “DVD Teacher LLC, 67 Seaman Road, Stormville, NY 12582. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION of RetireNYC, LLC Art. of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/26/12. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to RetireNYC, LLC, 224 Battenfeld Road, Milan, NY 12571. Purpose: any lawful activities.

CATHERINE PIETROW COACHING, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 11/26/12. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 20 Crosmour Road, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK COMMON COUNCIL’S SPECIAL MEETING Monday, December 10, 2012 6:30 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2.04 of the City Charter, the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of voting on amendments to the 2013 budget, proposed Local Law, amending the Chapter 9, Article V, entitled “Garbage, Trash and Weeds”, and discussion of the proposal of “Waste Zero”. DATED: December 3, 2012 BY ORDER OF GWEN JOHNSON CHAIRWOMAN OF THE COMMON COUNCIL Deanne L. Flynn City Chamberlain

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Tivoli to celebrate with Winterfest BY HV NEWS STAFF The Village of Tivoli will host its annual Winterfest Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, located at 86 Broadway in Tivoli, beginning at 3 p.m. Planned activities include a craft fair, horse and carriage rides, bonfire, arts and crafts, refreshments, performance by the St. Johns Hand bell Choir, and a visit from Santa Claus. CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK COMMON COUNCIL’S SPECIAL MEETING Monday, December 24, 2012 9:00 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2.04 of the City Charter, the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York. DATED: December 3, 2012 BY ORDER OF GWEN JOHNSON CHAIRWOMAN OF THE COMMON COUNCIL Deanne L. Flynn City Chamberlain

CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK COMMON COUNCIL’S PUBLIC HEARING Monday, December 10, 2012 5:30 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments purpose of receiving comments on the pro-

“This is a tradition I truly enjoy and look forward to year after year,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro during last year’s festivities. “Since my time as mayor of Tivoli, I have enjoyed delivering gifts with Santa and bringing holiday cheer to friends and neighbors.” The celebration will end at 5 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony.

posed Local Law amending Chapter 9, Article V, entitled “Garbage, Trash and Weeds”. Dat-

ed: December 4, 2012 Respectfully submitted, Deanne L. Flynn City Chamberlain

HURRICANE SANDY DONATION DROP-OFF

BY HV NEWS STAFF Students and faculty associated with Marist College will be headed down to help clean up areas still devastated by Hurricane Sandy The Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff will be accepting donations during open library hours through Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. for a Dec. 8 delivery. The most needed items are for the cleanup efforts such as black plastic bags, cleaning products, diapers, toiletries, towels, gift cards, and toys for the children. If you can spare any of these things, drop them off at the collection box downstairs at Morton Library during open hours. If you have items but cannot drop them off, call Leslie Hill 845-332-5622, for pick up.

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Rhinebeck for the annual Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas including Sawsan Adeep and County Legislator Joel Tyner, pictured below, and Tess Turner, Phebe Fisher, Bud Fisher and Celia Green. Photos by Jim Langan.


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