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Two weeks after Hyde Park Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle lashed out at Supervisor Tom Martino because his department’s bills were not being paid in a timely fashion, Doyle claims his vendors have still not been paid and he has had almost no contact with the supervisor. “No bills have been paid,” Doyle said.

“What (Martino) is doing now is everything is now coming through Sarah Murray. He’s named her the new compliance officer,” Doyle continued. Sarah Murray is Martino’s secretary, and according to Doyle, all future purchase orders will have to be cleared by Murray. Reached for comment Monday morning, Martino said Murray has not


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POLICE CHIEF’S DEAL TWEAKED Broe agrees to remain part-time for now BY JIM LANGAN The Hyde Park Town Board recently passed a resolution amending the contract Police Chief Charles Broe has with the town. The measure passed unanimously and without discussion. There was just one little detail missing. There were absolutely no details in the resolution specifying the amended terms of the chief’s contract. There had been much speculation about the chief’s intention and the board’s ability to fund the position. The initial proposed town budget had earmarked $100,000 for a full-time chief in 2011, but the funding was eliminated after criticism of a large tax hike intensified. Given the lack of transparency of this board on almost every level, Hudson Valley News decided to go straight to the source for the particulars. As always, Broe was gracious and forthcoming in replying to our inquiry. The chief was quick to point out it has been his observation and experience that Hyde Park sorely needs a full-time chief. He was initially hired on a part-time basis but submitted his letter of resignation a few weeks later, saying he couldn’t

do the job part time. At that time, the board persuaded Broe to stay on with the assurance the position would be funded full time in 2011. Broe’s salary has been capped at $30,000 so as not to imperil his pension benefits, accrued from serving 20 years in the Newburgh Police Department. Broe’s amended contract calls for him to remain at $30,000 through July 1, when the board has indicated it intends to fund the position full time. It is unclear how they intend to fund it, given the money has not been budgeted for. At that point, Broe would be obliged to forfeit his pension during any period he was making over $30,000. When asked, given the town’s murky financial circumstances, if he was confident he would be paid full time in July, Broe said, “I’m treating this as a leap of faith. I have no reason to believe this won’t happen.” Asked if he would remain on the job if the town was unable to find the money, Broe again expressed hope that the economy and the town’s finances would improve. “We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

Responding to rumors the board had extended his contract until 2013, Broe said, “My original contract was always until 2013.” In related matters, Broe confirmed the town has been served a “notice of claim” in the murder-suicide deaths of Linda and Anthony Riccardulli. Linda Riccardulli was shot to death by her estranged husband after notifying Hyde Park Police he was in violation of a protection order. The notice obligates the town to preserve all records of the incident in anticipation of a lawsuit. Broe was also excited at the prospect of the new police/court facility being built and hoped it could be completed by the end of the year. The project was initially approved by voters in November 2009 but has been plagued by delays and missteps. The chief also said he hoped to get legislation passed regulating the number of tow trucks allowed to respond to an accident. “We need a list,” he said. “I don’t want to see somebody getting killed on their way to Stop & Shop by a tow truck racing to the scene of an accident.”






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“The procurement policy will be revised and will not be as encumbering as it presently is,” he said. He said currently, any purchase over $5,000 has to go out for competitive bid. He said changing this to a higher number would make life easier for Doyle and other department heads. Doyle, though, says Martino doesn’t seem to be able to figure out which policy his department should follow. “They’re waffling between the two systems here,” he said. Doyle has also claimed he has not gotten a financial statement showing how much money remains in his department’s budget since former bookkeeper Joanne Lown was replaced by a new comptroller in September 2010. When asked how the recent heavy snowfall has impacted his budget, Doyle said, “It’s hard to tell how much it’s impacted my budget because I don’t get any monthly budget statements from them.” Doyle said he knows the town owes his salt vendor $200,000 out of $300,000 that was budgeted for road salt. He said he knows other line items are also getting close to the budgeted amount. He said not having a clear picture of his department’s finances has made this winter quite complicated. “I don’t even know how much is in the highway fund balance,” Doyle said. “It’s making it very difficult for us.” Martino said part of the reason financial statements have not been issued to Doyle is because the comptroller has had health issues. “As you know, the comptroller has been out ill,” he said. “We’re working on that now.” Numerous attempts to contact Comptroller Darlene Deary were unsuccessful before press time. Attempts to clarify the status and duration of her illness with Martino were also unsuccessful.

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GREENHOUSE COLLAPSES UNDER HEAVY SNOW LOAD A greenhouse at 42 Pitcher Lane in Rhinebeck collapsed under the weight of the snow last week. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Last week, a greenhouse in Rhinebeck collapsed under the weight of the snow that has been building up all winter. According to the Rhinebeck Fire Department, emergency responders were dispatched for a reported partial building collapse at 42 Pitcher Lane on Feb. 3 at 6:47 a.m. A 120-by-25-foot greenhouse on the property had totally collapsed under the weight of the snow, according to the fire department. The greenhouse was not in use and was unoccupied at the time, officials said. A week earlier, another greenhouse at the same property also collapsed under the

weight of the snow, according to the fire department. The property was owned for many years by Pitcher Brothers for their flowergrowing business and is presently owned by Dan Riso. According to the fire department, the continued buildup of snow, especially on flat roofs and decks, adds additional weight and may cause partial or total collapse of structures that can’t support the additional weight. The New York State Office of Emergency Management offers the following safety tips for clearing your roof:

• When possible, use long-handled snow rakes or poles. • If you must use a ladder, make certain the base is securely anchored. Ask a friend, neighbor or adult family member to hold the ladder while you climb. • Know where the snow is going to fall before clearing the area. • Make certain not to contact electrical RECENT ARRESTS wires. The Hyde Park Police Department re• If possible, do not attempt to clear the ports the following arrests: roof alone. • Philip A. Perrotta, 34, of Staatsburg, • If you are afraid of heights or think the was arrested on Feb. 2 for operating mojob is too big for you, hire help. tor vehicle with a suspended registration,

Pleasant Valley trying to stay ahead of snow and ice BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON According to Supervisor John McNair, Town of Pleasant Valley officials have been busy trying to keep up with the unusually brutal winter. “Right now, we’re just trying to keep our heads above water,” he said. “According to our highway superintendent, the number of storms is

not different this year, but the severity of the storms has been different.” McNair said the unusually high amount of snow and ice that has fallen this winter, combined with a tighter budget, has made keeping roads safe a challenge. He said the biggest wintertime expense the town faces is overtime hours paid to

Hyde Park Police arrested a man who allegedly choked a female family member in front of her child after an argument last week. According to police, officers responded to a home on Violet Avenue in Hyde Park after Dutchess County 911 received a call for an active domestic dispute on Feb. 1 at approximately 3:15 p.m. Officers determined a male subject, Kim Duchette, 53, of Hyde Park, had been involved in an argument with a younger female family member. It is alleged that during the argument, Duchette grabbed the female by her neck and began to choke her. It is also alleged that during the altercation, the female’s 1-year-old child was in the room. Duchette was taken into custody and transported to headquarters for booking. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge David Steinberg and released under the supervision of probation. He is to reappear in court on Feb. 24. The evening prior to this incident, Hyde Park Police received in-service training at the police department conducted by the district attorney’s office, where the newly enacted strangulation laws were discussed, according to police. During the training, it was said the Hyde Park Police Department was the first agency in Dutchess County to charge someone under the new law back in November. The following day, Duchette became the second person charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation by the department.

employees, but added sand and salt costs, as well as truck repairs, have also been costly. When asked if there is anything the town can do to prepare for such weather, McNair laughed and said, “No, my crystal ball is broken. I lost it in the snow.”

a misdemeanor. • Tyler John Knoll, 18, of Bethesda, Maryland, was arrested on Feb. 5 for criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a class-B misdemeanor. • Clayton Price Nelson, 18, of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, was arrested on Feb. 5 for criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a class-B misdemeanor. • Simone E. Quick, 26, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Feb. 6 for criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree, a class-B felony; and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class-A misdemeanor.

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STATE GETS $320,000 TO RESTORE HOYT HOUSE ROOF BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Hoyt House, a historic mansion in Staatsburg designed by renowned architect Calvert Vaux, has received a $320,000 grant through the Save America’s Treasures program. The building sits on the grounds of Mills-Norrie State Park, and has sat vacant for decades, causing it to fall into a state of disrepair. “The grant is for work to make improvements to the roof and the roof structure,” said Garrett Jobson, acting director of the Taconic Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “The building needs a lot of work, but this is a big step going forward.” Save America’s Treasures is a program by the National Park Service and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that will award $14.3 million in grants throughout the country in 2011. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will have to match the $320,000 grant on at least a 1-1 ratio, according to a spokesman for the office. Jobson said the short-term goal for the Hoyt House is to simply preserve the structure. He said a number of ideas have been floated regarding the permanent use for the building, including turning it into a think tank for college architecture programs or even some kind of lodging. “The ideal situation will be to find a permanent use for the building,” said Dan Keefe, a spokesman for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Keefe went on to explain the home was built in 1855 by Lydig Hoyt and his wife, Blanche Geraldine Livingston. The gothic-revival mansion was designed by

Vaux, who is perhaps most famous for co-designing Central Park in New York City. The mansion was originally known as “The Point.” The mansion is featured in a seminal book by Vaux entitled “Villas and Cottages,” according to Keefe. Former Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation J. Winthrop Aldrich expressed his excitement for the repairs to the Hoyt House, which he called “one of the most important architectural treasures in the Hudson Valley.” “I was really delighted,” he said. “This is a tremendous shot in the arm.” According to Hyde Park Town Historian Carney Rhinevault, Lydig Hoyt’s grandson, also named Lydig Hoyt, married silent movie actress and socialite Julia Wainwright Robbins in 1914. The two divorced 10 years later, and in 1928, Hoyt was remarried to Helen Hoadley Willis. Rhinevault says for years, it was believed that Hoyt’s widow was kicked out of the home in 1961 after the state took the property under eminent domain procedures, but after seeing for himself the minutes of the Taconic State Park Commission meeting of Feb. 18, 1963, he believes otherwise. “After continued negotiations with Mrs. Hoyt, the state paid her the sum of $300,000,” Rhinevault wrote. “Mrs. Hoyt wanted $310,000, but settled for the lower figure after her lawyers advised her that a considerable stretch of her entrance driveway and some of her northerly river frontage was already on state land. Mrs. Hoyt was elderly and the number of servants, who maintained the estate, had dwindled. In fact, unloading the property was probably a relief to her.”

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Mandate relief critical to propertytax cap debate BY ASSEMBLYMAN MARCUS J. MOLINARO I was recently honored to be appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb to serve as a member of the governor’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team. I gave them and my constituents my word that I would work across party lines and with all levels of government to reduce the crushing burden Albany’s unfunded mandates place on local governments, school districts and taxing districts. The need to dramatically overhaul the state-mandate structure cannot be overstated. Our economic downturn and budget crisis have led to a severe reduction in revenues, requiring all of us to do less, with less. As has too often been the practice, some in Albany believe our fiscal emergency justifies the shifting of costs to local units of government. Recent state budgets cut aid to municipalities and the state’s portion of shared local services, while simultaneously delaying state reimbursements. In addition, public and legislative support for a property-tax cap has many local officials concerned with their ability to deliver programs mandated by Albany, provide their own core services and keep the lid on taxes. New York has the highest local taxes in America as a percentage of personal income. Our farmers, families and businesses deserve immediate, substantive relief – recognizing our limited resources and need to transform our outdated and outmoded government structure. At 79% above the national average, our combined state-local tax burden is second only to New Jersey’s. New Yorkers’ median property taxes are 96% above the national average, and from 1998 to 2008, property tax levies grew by 73%, while state spending has increased 70% over the last 10 years – all unsustainable and over-burdensome. For a property-tax cap to be successful in freezing and lowering taxes, mandate relief is critically important. The New York State Association of Counties identified nine state mandates that account for 90% of the $4.4 billion collected in county property taxes outside of New York City in 2010. Because this varies greatly by community, many counties have seen

unfunded mandates balloon to over 100% of their tax levy. Medicaid, the largest cost driver and most expensive in the nation, consumes $2.2 billion in property-tax dollars alone. In addition, public assistance, child welfare, pre-school special education, indigent legal defense, probation, early intervention, youth detention and pensions are pushing localities to the brink. Localities and school districts point to collective bargaining and work-force mandates, the Wicks Law, obstacles to shared healthcare purchasing, procurement policies and the state’s raiding of local revenues, and, locally, the imposition of the egregious MTA payroll tax all in need of serious consideration. We agree. In order for us to achieve local and state tax relief, we must drive down the cost of government and shrink the size, scale and scope of our state government. Schools and local governments can only do so much to cut what they cannot control. New York can no longer afford to be the tax capital of our nation. Its people can no longer afford the crushing burden and impact of a government too big to succeed and a cost of living too great to sustain. We must remove the shackles the state has imposed on schools, counties, cities, towns and villages. Consolidation measures, such as those embraced by Dutchess County, are necessary at all levels. New York’s government structure is outdated, outmoded and ever-expanding. The work of our team is, perhaps, the most important government challenge – to provide core services as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to drive down costs, enhance delivery and cut taxes. In order to rescue embattled local taxpayers and ensure the long-term economic vitality of the Empire State, we must radically transform the culture of Albany and structure of state government. The grim reality of the present – a stagnant economy and glaring state fiscal crisis – has offered the impetus to remove the onerous mandates on local governments and taxpayers. Let us rise above partisan politics, embrace sensible solutions and achieve the grand potential of our great state. If you have specific ideas to aid the work of our Mandate Relief Redesign Team, please do not hesitate to offer them to me at or visit Assemblyman Marcus J. Molinaro (R,C,I-Red Hook) represents New York’s 103rd Assembly district, which includes communities in Dutchess and Columbia counties.

Poughkeepsie judge honored BY HV NEWS STAFF BY JIM LANGAN â&#x20AC;˘ Another great American is stepping onto the political stage in the teeming metropolis of Miami-Dade, Florida. Remember Luther Campbell from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s rap group 2 Live Crew? Come on, who can forget his 1989 classic hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me So Horny?â&#x20AC;? Well, Lutherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decided to run for mayor and wants to impose a tax on strip clubs and strippers. He claims it will stimulate the economy. â&#x20AC;˘ Feeling a little queasy after all that Super Bowl gorging? So is Jonathan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superâ&#x20AC;? Squibb, who ate 255 chicken wings in the annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia last week. The competitive-eating superstarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wing consumption contained 40,100 calories and 2,550 grams of fat. Jonathan is a 25-year-old accountant and won a $20,000 first prize. â&#x20AC;˘ In the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I missed itâ&#x20AC;? category, Poughkeepsieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Nicole â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snookiâ&#x20AC;? Polizzi from the hideous show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shoreâ&#x20AC;? attended a book signing over the weekend at Barnes & Noble on Route 9. We hear lots of young girls were lined up with their parents to meet the repulsive Snooki. Two questions. What parents let young girls watch that show and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their definition of a role model? â&#x20AC;˘ Yet another story about a female coach getting busy with five high school football players. Stacy Schuler, a 33-year-old teacher at Mason High school in Lebanon, Ohio, was also sending provocative photos of herself in action to the assistant principal. Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just old, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine fooling around with a teacher. I had enough trouble asking a girl my own age to dance. â&#x20AC;˘ Once again, it appears there are two sets of rules when it comes to the race-baiting Rev. Al Sharpton. This time, the IRS says Sharpton owes $359,973 in personal income tax for 2009. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on top of the $3.7 million in city, state and federal taxes he already owes dating back to 2002. Sharpton is paid $250,000 a year as head of his bogus National Action Network, which also owes $1.1 million in back taxes. â&#x20AC;˘ Nice to hear psycho John Hinckley has a girlfriend. The now-55-year-old Hinkley, who shot and wounded Ronald Reagan in 1981, is dating fellow mental asylum alum Cynthia Bruce, 45. The couple was photographed holding hands on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth Mental Hospital in Washington, D.C. From the picture I saw of Bruce, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say Hickley is still nuts.

by an old girlfriend and mother of his baby. In it, Rhonda Patterson essentially calls him a dirty, cheating dog. No kidding. This guy has nine children with eight women in six states. Patterson said he left her at the altar nine days before their scheduled marriage. At that time, he already had sired four kids with other women. â&#x20AC;˘ Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing Mr. Cromartie might enjoy getting a cup of Joe at this Seattle coffee shop. The owner of a Takima, Washington coffee emporium called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamgirlsâ&#x20AC;? was sentenced to 90 days for violating the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordinance on proper attire. Apparently, coffee was being served by pole-dancing â&#x20AC;&#x153;baristasâ&#x20AC;? attired in sheer shorts and tops. I wonder if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve thought of doing that at Cranberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? Maybe Kris working the pole? â&#x20AC;˘ The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest cruise ship will depart Port Everglades, Florida shortly with 5,400 gay and lesbian passengers. The cruise will make several Caribbean stops and sold out in a record three weeks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bet itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more fun than most cruises, where people come out of their cabins in bathrobes to pig out and then waddle back until the next seating.



Following a fire in Hyde Park last week, the American Red Cross of Dutchess County provided emergency aid for 11 local residents. The fire left the Albany Post Road home uninhabitable, according to the Red Cross, which provided shelter and financial assistance for food, clothing

and medications to seven adults and four children affected by the fire. According to the Red Cross, in the coming weeks, staff and volunteers will work with those affected by the fire to provide more assistance, if needed, as well as longer-term disaster recovery assistance.

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â&#x20AC;˘ My hectic schedule prevented me from participating in the annual run to the top of the Empire State Building (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be busy next year too). The winner was 31-yearold Matthew Siegel, who took two steps at a time and made it in 15.28 minutes. A 61-year-old man, Elie Hirschfeld, did it in 18.28 minutes. Both said their hamstrings burned a bit. No kidding.


â&#x20AC;˘ While watching Ronald Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th birthday ceremony at the Reagan Library, one speaker quoted Reagan as saying the nine most dangerous words in the English language are, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from the government and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to help.â&#x20AC;? How right he was.

â&#x20AC;˘ We got a late e-mail from Zen Dog in Rhinebeck saying the restaurant will be closed for February. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not NYC-talk for bye-bye. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been â&#x20AC;˘ Loved reading Jets cornerback Antonio struggling along with everyone else in Cromartie is upset about a book penned this economy.

50 female judges, including New York State Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau and former Chief Judge Judith Kaye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the board of this wonderful association of women judges,â&#x20AC;? said Moloney in a press release. Moloney was appointed to Poughkeepsie City Court in 2006 and is the first woman to serve as Poughkeepsie city judge.

A local judge has been named to the Board of Directors of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Katherine Moloney of the City of Poughkeepsie was sworn in by Judge Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York, during a ceremony in New York City on Jan. 29. The ceremony was attended by about


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The residents of Hyde Park have been embarrassed by their town board almost from the day the five new members took office in January 2010. Taking its lead from Supervisor Tom Martino, this board, with the exception of Councilwoman Sue Serino, has been one public relations disaster after another. The board went in oddly angry and confrontational with the very citizens who elected them. They have alienated almost every constituency in town and have turned Town Hall into a boiling cauldron of paranoia and finger pointing. Morale is non-existent and most employees say privately they’re waiting until the election and for things to return to normal. Fair enough. Under normal circumstances, it’s the responsibility of the electorate to throw the proverbial bums out if they see fit. Unfortunately, these are not normal times in Hyde Park. Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle has joined a long list of people wondering why the town’s bills aren’t being paid. The town hasn’t produced an updated financial report since May. Martino and his board continue to hire new people with unbudgeted funds. There is growing concern that Martino and this board have lost complete control of the town’s finances. When asked at a recent meeting where he expects to get the money for a new legal expense, Martino’s response was dismissive and vague. “We’ll get it from somewhere,” he said. Well, that’s not a good answer. We can’t afford to wait for a new supervisor to get to the bottom of this fiscal mess. Martino and this board need to put these concerns to rest. The taxpayers are entitled to know if this is a matter of financial malfeasance or fiscal incompetence. Stonewalling Walt Doyle and the taxpayers is not an acceptable strategy. Residents need to make their voices heard and demand transparency in their town government. We also don’t need to wake up to find the new police/court facility can’t be built because this board has cratered the town’s bond rating and we can’t afford to finance. Demand action before we wake up broke.





Supervisor Tom Martino is blaming his inability to produce a financial statement or pay Walt Doyle on Comptroller Darlene Deary’s “serious illness.” You’re not fooling anyone with that redirection play. Maybe she’s just sick and tired of Martino and Baby Huey’s breathtaking incompetence and wonders why she ever took the job. {6} february 9, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

victim to the prevailing tides of budget cuts? How can we, as civilized people, turn our backs on those who need our help the most when they are sick and dying? OPINION The other prime target for cuts is education. Last year, New York ranked PROGRESSIVE 34th in the country in terms of high school PERSPECTIVE graduation rates, according to Yahoo’s BY JONATHAN SMITH Associated Content website. That puts New York only slightly higher than Kansas. Does higher spending necessarily equate to a better education system? Certainly Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo not. However, what can be assured is that released his plans for the 2011-12 state if massive cuts are made in education budget. While this draft document will go without any simultaneous reforms or through several iterations, much political efforts made to improve the system, we wrangling and favor trading on both sides will see New York State drop further still of the party aisle before its adoption later in the rankings, and our children will be the in the spring, the budget document released ones who suffer. by the governor’s office often sets the tone There is a solution to this fiscal crisis for the conversations that follow. that many progressive politicos and Cuomo proposed cuts to some of the reformers have proposed: an extension of most expensive services in our state: 1 or 2% on the tax levy of New Yorkers Medicaid and education. These services making more than $200,000. Such a small are certainly behemoths, with Medicaid increase in taxes for the top 1% of earners alone projected to cost more than $50 in the state would make a sizable dent in billion in 2011. The state the budget deficit without is expecting a $9 billion adversely impacting those How can we, as budget deficit this year, and residents who can barely Cuomo had to find a new civilized people, turn afford to make ends meet. revenue source or face the our backs on those Additionally, asking the certainty that the budget rich to pay their fair share who need our help is not without precedent. would have to be cut. And in his plan he does cut, to the most when they In the 1970s, under the tune of $1.5 billion in are sick and dying? Republican Gov. Nelson total cuts from state aid for Rockefeller, millionaires New York schools and a paid a tax rate of over 15%. $15 billion cut in Medicaid spending over They currently pay only 8.7%. The average two years. middle-class resident of Dutchess County Cuomo made no bones about his pays over 11% in state income taxes. That willingness to cut state spending during means millionaires pay more than 2% less his campaign. Further, he was very clear in taxes than our own struggling residents throughout that he would be willing of Dutchess County. Why then, should we to make these cuts in education and cut spending in education and healthcare government services, traditionally causes when the mega-wealthy of our state are not that are supported by more progressive paying their fair share? Democrats. Cuomo was indeed defining In the end, fiscal pragmatism usually himself as a centrist and a pragmatist. wins out over progressive policies in The question remains, however, if making times of fiscal crisis. People tend to cut cuts in these areas is indeed pragmatic or spending when in duress instead of looking is, in effect, “eating our young” to save for policies that would infuse money and ourselves. jobs into the system. Our own Franklin D. First, the cuts in Medicaid: There Roosevelt bucked this “common wisdom” are over 5 million people enrolled in and the result was the great public works Medicaid in New York State, many whose programs that contributed to the end of only source of healthcare protection is the Great Depression. If only FDR were the government-run program. With cuts around now. in Medicaid coming, how will we make certain our friends, neighbors and fellow Jonathan Smith can be reached at residents of Dutchess County will not fall


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even said on Friday, “I have every intention that she’ll be there for launch. I’ve also talked to her doctors about that.” Hmmm, OPINION “I have every intention.” Kelly went on to “I know my wife very well. I know USUALLY say, what she would want.” Again with the “I.” RIGHT Given Kelly has been spinning Giffords’ ability to communicate, how come we’re BY JIM LANGAN not hearing from her at all? How about, “My wife has communicated to me she feels MARK KELLY SHOULD strongly that I go forward with the mission.” that be because she has no idea about SKIP SHUTTLE FLIGHT Could anything and is simply fighting for her life? By now, I think we’re all familiar with Is he concerned someone from her medical Mark Kelly, the Space Shuttle Endeavor team might come forward if he attributed commander and husband of wounded any actual thought or sentiment to her? As I Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Last wrote a few weeks ago somewhere, I think week, he announced he would be leaving Kelly intends to milk this for all it’s worth his wife’s bedside as she continues her and then run for his wife’s congressional seat rehabilitation to pilot America’s final when it becomes obvious she is permanently shuttle mission. He will begin intensive impaired. Personally, I hope she comes out training for the mission this week and is of this at 100% and somebody shows her his scheduled for liftoff on April 19. press clippings. What began a few weeks ago as whispers For those of you ready to throw is rapidly becoming fodder for talk shows something at me by now, and the water cooler. I let me ask you this. Forget know I first expressed my Does anyone the congresswoman and the suspicion that Mr. Kelly really think astronaut storyline. How was spending an awful about a working mother risking your life lot of time in front of the shot in the head during television cameras and while your wife a carjacking struggling seemed to be enjoying it fights for hers to survive and looking at a little too much. I got the months, if not years, of feeling that Mark Kelly, is a good idea? rehabilitation? Assume she while a bona-fide astronaut, and her husband are friends hadn’t gotten the kind of public acclaim he of yours. The husband has a dangerous may have wanted as a shuttle commander. job working private security in Iraq or After all, nobody had really heard of this Afghanistan. He’s scheduled to return for a guy until his wife got shot. month-long tour of duty. The husband then In fact, very few people outside of tells you he’s going back to the war zone. Oh, Washington, D.C. had ever heard of and he has two kids from his first marriage Gabrielle Giffords either. That’s not a slam who are a little freaked out by the carjacking on either, but just says astronauts, space and their step-mother on a ventilator. Would flight and obscure congressmen and women you be driving him to the airport? don’t attract the crowd they used to. Mark In addition to Mark Kelly’s hubris in Kelly was in no danger of being confused leaving his wife to indulge his ego, he’s also with John Glenn or Neil Armstrong. Clearly, putting himself in real danger. We’ve had I take a cynical view of Kelly and fully two catastrophic shuttle disasters in recent expected him to embrace the opportunity to years. Does anyone really think risking your take center stage while the media laps it up. life while your wife fights for hers is a good Here’s the question. Would you leave a idea? It’s also useful to remember Mark grievously wounded spouse under similar Kelly has spent plenty of time in space. This circumstances? By circumstances, I mean wasn’t his only chance to fly. leaving a woman who, by all accounts, I think Congresswoman Giffords has may or may not know what happened to been through enough and shouldn’t have the her and is incapable of communicating. additional burden of having to wonder if the “But wait,” you say, “her husband has been person she most relies on is coming back. telling us for weeks how remarkably she’s recovering.” Mark says she’s squeezing his Jim Langan can be reached at hand and responding to questions. Kelly


Financial stability and accountability BY JOANNE LOWN

a copy in the town clerks’ office.” Periodically I have requested, under Freedom of Information Law request, to review the monthly financial reports of the town. The written response I have received back from the town clerk is, “Pursuant to your Freedom of Information request, please be advised that the comptroller has informed us that as of the date of your request, the computer printout reports did not exist.” I can assure you that as Hyde Park’s bookkeeper for over 23 years, I submitted all monthly financial reports to the town supervisor and board, as well as filed them in the town clerk’s office within days of the close of the prior month. Furthermore, each department and special district committee was furnished a copy of their financial activity. For our town, which is considered a firstclass town, to not know what its financial condition is, by the lack of reporting to the town board, is irresponsible. And for a town board to continue to approve hiring outside auditors, payroll services and a part-time assistant to “help” the comptroller is ludicrous. Taylor and Supervisor Martino had better rethink their strategy, because our town’s finances are not being handled in a timely and reasonable manner. I challenge Taylor, my councilperson, to ask for the monthly financial reports from the comptroller. I am holding him accountable as my councilperson in the fourth ward, as well as the chief fiscal officer for the town, Supervisor Martino.

We, as taxpayers, are under the assumption that elected officials are accountable to their constituents for their actions and for the actions of their appointed officials. In June of 2010, the majority of the Hyde Park Town Board, our elected officials, voted to abolish the bookkeeper to the supervisor position and replace it with a comptroller. At the June 16, 2010 meeting, Councilman Michael Taylor said, and I quote, “This move is being made to insure that the financial well being of the town is sought after. A town of this size and class, look around, it is prudent to have a comptroller position so the finances are handled in a timely and reasonable manner.” This led to Supervisor Tom Martino to respond, “The bookkeeper does not have the duties of a comptroller. And we do need these controls in place so this doesn’t happen again.” And further into the discussion, Martino said, “This individual, I would like to say, is not qualified for the position of comptroller. You have to have someone who is qualified.” Per New York State Town Law, Section 124, Town Comptroller as Accounting Officer: “In a town where a comptroller Joanne Lown is the former Town of Hyde has been appointed, the town board Park bookkeeper. Respond to this column may determine the comptroller to be the at accounting officer and transfer to the comptroller the accounting duties of the supervisor. “The town comptroller must keep detailed accounting records, provide the town board a detailed monthly statement 845-233-4651 of all receipts and disbursements, and file {find us on facebook and twitter} QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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Evolution Weekend

You’re all anxious about Monday, aren’t you? Not only is it the first day of the work week, but this particular Monday is Valentine’s Day. And you know what that means – he who snoozes loses. So get out there and buy those flowers! Make those reservations! It could be dangerous if you don’t. Remember, in affairs of the heart, it’s survival of the fittest! And isn’t it funny that this ultimate holiday of l’amore and the perpetuation of the species should also take place the same week as the birth of that paragon of survival, Charles Darwin? The father of evolution was born on Feb. 12, 1809 – coincidentally, the exact same day as

Abraham Lincoln and just two years before St. James’ was founded. (I had to work our bicentennial in there somehow.) I bring this up not because I am an especial Darwin devotee (though he did travel on a ship with a very cool name – I mean, “The Beagle”), but because on Sunday, Feb. 13, there will be a presentation at Vassar College all about evolution and where it fits in with the religious community. (Information on the event is at the end of this column.) You’ve probably heard the big stink about evolution, especially in connection with religious leaders. How often have you heard that Christians can’t believe in evolution – or that a conservative school board insists the biblical portrayal of creation be taught with equal validity alongside evolution in our science classes? One of the sad facts in our society is many science teachers avoid teaching about evolution, or only touch on it with the vaguest of overviews, not because they don’t believe its validity, but because they are afraid of reprisals. Is fear really any way to run a school?

BY JIM LANGAN Longtime Hyde Park resident Mark Grimaldi has been a significant voice in financial circles for many years, and 10 years ago, founded the Wappingers Falls-based Navigator newsletter, providing investment advice to individuals and institutions alike. That advice has been in the form of suggestions and forecasts on most things financial, from mutual funds to the economy. His firm and his reputation have both grown considerably over the years, but both are about to get a substantial boost in visibility. Beginning March 1, Grimaldi and Navigator will join forces with personal financial expert and Emmy Award-winning television personality Suze Orman to create a new monthly investment newsletter called The Money Navigator. According to Orman, “The advice Mark and I have to share will be easy to understand and therefore follow. Besides investment advice, we will keep you up to date on what’s happening in real estate, gold, silver and the overall economy.”


When asked by Hudson Valley News how the partnership with the well-known Orman evolved, Grimaldi said, “Suze has been a longtime follower of Navigator and our paths crossed recently and we began talking about forming a strategic partnership. Suze will bring her brand and her voice to the newsletter. It will make the letter more Suze-friendly.” The newsletter will be online monthly and is projected to be the most widely read financial newsletter in the world within six

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What you may not know is that only a quarter of Americans don’t believe in evolution. That’s still a high percentage compared with pretty much any other Western country, but it’s not the vast numbers we’re often led to believe. In fact, a significant number of religious leaders believe evolution fits in beautifully with their faith. As Dr. Mark Schlessman of Vassar College (the organizer of the above-mentioned presentation) says, they are celebrating the idea that “Peace breaks out between religion and science.” Why would that be when the Bible specifically says God made the earth in six days? Let’s start with the fact that creationism is based on scripture, specifically the first and second chapters of Genesis. Most Christians are not literalists. That is, they do not believe everything is literally the way it is portrayed in the Bible – nor that it is necessary or that was even the writers’ intent. Rather, we believe the Bible is the faithful record of God’s people’s struggle with their relationship with God. If we still

took the Bible literally, we would still have slavery. Besides, while Chapter 1 gives a six-day scenario for creation, Chapter 2 says it was done in a day. From our standpoint, the how of creation is not the point of scripture, but the who of creation. That’s somewhat the difference between science and religion. Religion talks about the who of creation (and life) while science explores the how. A beautiful partnership indeed. This is what “Evolution Weekend” wants to celebrate. As its website notes: “Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.” Which is all a way of saying that religious people are not all anti-evolutionists. As testimony to this, there is something called the Clergy Letter Project – literally a letter signed by clergy around the world asserting that science and faith are good partners in understanding the world and its maker, and that evolution – which has been tested and peer reviewed over and over and over – stands up strong as the best way to understand how we have gotten where we are so far. In part, the letter says, “We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests.” On Sunday, the creator of the project, Dr. Michael Zimmerman of Butler University, will address the issue in a talk titled, “The Clergy Letter Project – Attempting to Civilize the Evolution/Creation Debate and being attacked from all sides.” The talk is in the Villard Room of the Main Building at Vassar College, from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be time for audience questions and comments. Images submitted. It’s open to everyone, so if you are months, according to Grimaldi. interested in the subject, stop by on Sunday “Suze will be promoting the project on afternoon. But don’t forget those flowers an upcoming edition of ‘Oprah,’ as well on Monday! as her own shows on CNBC and a new program set to debut on OWN, Oprah The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. Winfrey’s new network,” he said. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You Anyone interested in more information can leave a comment for him at rector@ is encouraged to follow Grimaldi on Twitter @Navigator money.

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Feb. 13, 4 p.m. A screening of the award-winning documentary, followed by a discussion led by the film’s Emmy Awardwinning director, Lisa Gossels. See full listing on page 13. Rhinebeck High School auditorium, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-871-5500.

This week COMEDY

Angel Salazar Feb. 11-12: Salazar’s performance is a mixture of street-smart ethnic wisecracks, risqué humor, physical comedy and audience involvement. He will be on the show with Rob Cantrell. Friday, 9 p.m., $15; Saturday, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m., $20. Bananas Comedy Club, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2170 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-4623333.

MUSIC American Symphony Orchestra Feb. 11-12: The orchestra’s second concert of the 2010–11 season features Beethoven’s bold, boisterous Seventh Symphony and Wellingtons Sieg, oder die Schlacht bei Vittoria, Op. 91, “Battle Symphony, or Wellington’s Victory.” See full story at right. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Pre-concert talk, 7 p.m. Cost: $20-$35. Bard College, The Richard B. Fisher Center, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900.


THEATER “Cats” Feb. 11-27: This second-longest running show in Broadway history gained phenomenal international acclaim and features the now classic song, “Memory.” A first-run in this area. A CENTERstage Production directed and choreographed by Laurie Sepe-Marder with musical direction by Paul and JoAnne Schubert. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Tickets: $24, adults; $22, seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763088. “Underneath The Lintel” Feb. 11-12: By Glen Berger. Don Wildy stars as the Librarian, directed by Christine Crawfis, in this play about a Dutch ex-librarian who travels the world to prove to any who will listen that he is on the trail of the mythical Wandering Jew. Presented by Unison and Mohonk Mountain Stage Readers Theater Group. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12; members; $16, non-members; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

“Good Deeds for a Weary World” Feb. 11-12: A reading of a play by Gary Sunshine, directly followed by a wine and cheese reception. The second event of Half Moon Theatre’s New Play “With and Without” Development Unit. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Feb. 11-27: A “dramedy” about the limits of Reservations suggested. Suggested donation: $15. friendship and marriage. Written and directed by Parish Hall at Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Ave., Jeffrey Sweet, starring Terri Mateer, Joe Bongiorno, Millbrook. 845-235-9885. > more on page 11 {10} february 9, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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Following the score

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM This weekend, the American Symphony Orchestra presents the fifth concert of its popular Beethoven series, which began last year. Four previous concerts have presented each of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies in chronological order. This concert will feature the Seventh Symphony and Wellingtons Sieg, oder die Schlacht bei Vittoria, Op. 91, “Battle Symphony, or Wellington’s Victory.” This two-year symphony cycle was “a survey of Beethoven to celebrate the 150th birthday of Bard College (last year),” said Prof. Christopher Gibbs. Gibbs is co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival (with Leon Botstein and Robert Martin) and James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music at Bard. He said while many orchestras perform all of Beethoven’s symphonys, few ever are performed chronologically, as the American Symphony Orchestra has done over the past two years. “The symphony has done the first six; the AMERICAN SYMPHONY concert in April will have eight and nine.” ORCHESTRA I asked Gibbs why chronological cycles weren’t more readily performed. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12 “It’s a marketing decision,” he said. 7 p.m. | Pre-concert talk “Since there are some symphonies that 8 p.m. | Concert are more popular than others, orchestras pair a less popular symphony with a Cost: $20-$35 more popular one.” One of the virtues of The Richard B. Fisher Center hearing the symphonies in order is that Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., the audience is afforded a glimpse into Beethoven’s artistic development: “It’s Annandale-on-Hudson. more interesting to hear how he evolved. 845-758-7900 But I’ve rarely seen any orchestra do it.” At this concert, audiences will hear two symphonies that share a thematic link. “‘Wellington’s Victory,’ the battle symphony, was written at the same time as the Seventh, and premiered together,” said Gibbs. “Both works are connected with the defeat of Napoleon, through politics, and what others in Vienna had lived through. (‘Wellington’s Victory’) has a celebratory character.” Despite that ebullience, “Wellington’s Victory” hasn’t enjoyed the kind of popularity as, say, the Ninth or even the Seventh, its counterpart. “‘Wellington’ is not frequently performed,” said Gibbs. “It was fantastically popular – (today), people are a little embarrassed by it.” As the work endeavors to celebrate the victory of the British over the French, it grows a little overwhelming and bombastic, it seems. “It’s a battle of the two themes, French and English, and the French tune loses!” said Gibbs. “It’s a fun piece, with canons and sound effects. More serious musicians were embarrassed because it was so obvious.” Yet because the work is so rarely performed, contemporary audiences may have not had a chance to be shocked by the audacity of the work. Thanks to the American Symphony Orchestra, “audiences can make up their mind,” said Gibbs. “It’s great to perform ‘Wellington’s’ with the Seventh Symphony, because the Seventh is sort of the more serious, or more artistically thought through, version of the same celebratory thing.” Attendees will also get a sneak preview of sorts for the 22nd Bard Music Festival, which takes place this summer. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Luonnotar, Op. 70, will be performed this weekend, and will also be the opening performance of the festival. Founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra is currently under the direction of Leon Botstein, and renowned for performing thematically organized concerts, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics and history. It also specializes in the revival of underplayed repertoire from the last 200 years, all as part of its effort to make orchestral music accessible as well as affordable to everyone. The American Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it performs an annual winter concert series, as well as participates in Bard’s annual SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. The final concert of the 2010–11 series is an all-Beethoven affair: the delightful Eighth Symphony; and the jubilant—and somewhat mysterious—Ninth, whose choral finale is lifted from Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” The program will be performed on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9.

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During the week of Monday, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 18, you can have your cake and eat it too, or rather, enjoy a meal out and help support a worthy cause. The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA), which serves families in Dutchess County, is partnering with 12 restaurants to not only raise money but also raise awareness about the issues and realities of endangered children. The participating restaurants have pledged to donate a portion of their revenue on their designated day to CPCA. “This is the first year we’re doing this,” said CPCA board member Roseanne Vanikiotis. “Each restaurant has their own date, so people can go out to different locations throughout the week.” When she and the fundraising committee of the CPCA began to consider a new strategy, it made sense to appeal to people’s appetites and the largess of local restaurateurs. Vanikiotis brings a unique perspective to this fundraising event – she and her husband own The Daily Planet and the Palace Diner, both of which are participating restaurants. “This is an opportunity to interact with the community,” she explained. “Getting people to work with us and get to know us. We (restaurant owners) like to get involved with the local community.” Vanikiotis said the response was excellent, especially for the group’s first attempt at a restaurant week. “We hope to build on it, and become even more inclusive. Because restaurant owners are part of the community, they are often the most generous, donating gift certificates and getting involved with their local people. It’s a nice relationship.” Patrons do not need a coupon or any kind of identifier when they go to eat at a participating restaurant on its designated contributing day. Vanikiotis suggested, however, letting the manager know why you chose to dine that day. “It’s always helpful,” she said, “to let them know that people are turning out. It gives the restaurant feedback.”

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Thursday, Feb. 17

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Daily Planet 1202 Rte. 55, Lagrangeville 845-452-0110

The Cup and Saucer Restaurant and Tea Room 165 Main St., Beacon 845-831-6287

Bread Alone 45 East Market St., Rhinebeck 845-876-3108 La Puerta Azul 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point 845-677-2985

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Cosimo’s 120 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie 845-485-7172 Pete’s Famous Café and Grill 4204 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park 845-229-1475 The Palace Diner 194 Washington St., Poughkeepsie 845-473-1576 Poppy’s Burgers and Fries 184 Main St., Beacon 845-765-2121 Shadows on the Hudson 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie 845-486-9500

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The Derby 96 Main St., Poughkeepsie 845-452-3232 Osaka 18 Garden St., Rhinebeck 845-876-7338 Poppy’s Burgers and Fries Sukhothai 516 Main St., Beacon 845-440-7731

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Holly Graff and Ron Morehead. Fridays through Sundays, 7 p.m. Admission: $15, general; $12, ASK members. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 LECTURE

“Identity Economics” 5 p.m. George A. Akerlof, winner of the 2001 Nobel prize in economics, presents the 2011 Martin H. Crego lecture. Blodgett Hall auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370.


and Belafonte; also with actor/writer Candi Sterling and actor/vocal coach Brett Owen. Admission: $5, general; free, DCC students. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

WORKSHOP “Learn All About Snowshoeing and Crosscountry Skiing” 6:30 p.m. An informational program about snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Dutchess County with Tom Ervolina. Pre-registration required; go to (click on Calendar), or call 845-724-3414. Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction.

Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Friday, Feb. 11

Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-2298277.

“Art on the Walls” 5-6:30 p.m. A show of paintings, photography and mixed media by The 14th Colony, a collective of artists from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. On view through March. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Thursday, Feb. 10 ART

“African-American Artists of the Hudson Valley” 1-5 p.m. Opening. Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Gallery closed to general viewing on Sunday, Feb. 13, for a performance. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-8314988.


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LECTURE “Hark! Who Goes There?” 7 p.m. The “Fireside Chats” series continues. The lecture by John Winthrop Aldrich explores the early founders of St. James’ Church. Reception to follow. St. James’ Episcopal Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. 845-229-2820. SRBP Lecture Series: “Animals on the Move” 7-8:30 p.m. Matthew Schlesinger, chief zoologist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, covers the basics of climate change science—what we know, what we don’t know, and what’s controversial—and discuss the already documented and potential future effects on wildlife, highlighting strategies that conservation organizations, government agencies and the public are employing to combat this imminent threat. Free. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, Room 100. SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.


The Cup and Saucer Restaurant and Tea “Sam Cooke: Where You Been Baby?” 12:30 p.m. A new musical production of an original Room


historical play by Michael Monasterial. The pop singer who wrote, performed and produced 24 Billboard hits over his eight years at the top of the charts was also a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement and an inventor of musical styles that are still incorporated in pop and gospel music 50 years later. Free. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

“There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” Dinner and Auction 5:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 28 The Grandview, Poughkeepsie Steven Tinkelman will be honored for his long standing commitment to keeping the children in our community safe. For information on sponsorship, auction “Sam Cooke: Where You Been Baby?” and item donation or for tickets, call Carol at “Harry Belafonte: Hear the Music” 7 p.m. Michael Monasterial performs as Cooke the Center at 845-454-0595.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page games, board games, and snacks. Individuals and families welcome. During Game Night, Colleen O’Keefe, the clinic screener at Astor Services for Children & Families will offer Clinic Plus Screening screens, which are free to Dutchess County children between the ages of 3 months to 17 years of age. For more details or reservations, call 845-297-3428, go to, or e-mail GLOffice@ Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls.

FILM “An Affair To Remember” (1957) 7:30 p.m. Starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, as Nickie Ferrante (Grant), a well-known playboy and dilettante in the arts, and Terry McKay (Kerr), who meet aboard the transatlantic ocean liner SS Constitution en route from Europe to New York. Prefilm concert on The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All films in the Bardavon Friday Film Series are preceded by these mini-concerts, which are presented exclusively by the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS), 7 p.m. Tickets: $5. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4732072.

NIGHTLIFE Big Joe Fitz 8:30-11 p.m. Blues. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-896-5286. Gregg Douglas Band 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-2298277. Mamalama 8 p.m. Featuring Crucial Massive, Squeeky Plus and Jamaica’s Starcade. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Poetry Evening 7-9 p.m. Featured poet: Amanda Gulla. Hosted by Judy Lechner. Café Mezzaluna Bistro Latino, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306. Stephane Wrembel and The Django Experiment 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

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“Creative Connections” 3-5 p.m. Opening reception. Featuring artwork by students of The Kristy Bishop Studio. Café Mezzaluna Bistro Latino, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306.

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works will be donated to Family of New Paltz. On view through March 13. Gallery hours: WednesdayMonday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Unison Gallery at Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz. 845-2551559.

BENEFIT 3rd Annual Cookie Walk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. After receiving a bakery box and glove, cookie lovers walk through rows of tables choosing from hundreds of pounds of delicious home-baked specialty cookies. At the end of the walk, the box of cookies is weighed and the suggested donation is $8 per pound. While supplies last. Benefits Mid-Hudson Love INC. Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, 2381 New Hackensack Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0102.

FAMILY “The Firebird” by The Puppet People 11 a.m. Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet of The Firebird, this magical puppet fantasy features handcrafted marionettes, lavish costumes, vivid sets and a large body puppet. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $9, adults; $7, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

NIGHTLIFE “Heart Wrecked Show” 8 p.m. Syd Straw, with special guest, Richard Buckner. Tickets: $25. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Mary Fahl with Barry Reynolds 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Rock Tavern Chapter Coffeehouse 7:30 p.m. Featured performer: Frank Tetler. Doors open for open mic sign-up and refreshments at 7 p.m. Admission: $5; $4, Folk Guild members. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, 9 Vance Rd., Rock Tavern. 845-978-5620. Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables – Undercliff/Overcliff 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is an easy, 5-mile snowshoe (hike if no snow), led by Brian Sullivan (845-594-9545). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.


“Nixon in China” in HD “Paper Hearts: An Invitational Show” 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. A group of local 1 p.m. Opera, composed by John Adams; directed artists has created collectible, intelligent, unique, by Peter Sellars. James Maddalena, star of the handmade works on paper in honor of the tradition opera’s world premiere, sings the title role. The of making homemade valentines — but this time Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season continues. Tickets: made by grown ups. $50 for each piece of artwork; $23, adult; $21, member; $16, children 12 and a percentage of the profits from the sale of these > continued on next page {12} february 9, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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On Sunday afternoon, the Dutchess County Interfaith Council will sponsor its seventh annual “Peace Concert - An Afternoon of Stories” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Poughkeepsie. Muriel Horowitz, one of the featured storytellers, as well as a founder of 7TH ANNUAL “PEACE the regular story circle events for the Dutchess County Interfaith Council, CONCERT- AN AFTERNOON OF described the event as an opportunity for STORIES” adults to hear professional storytellers while raising money for a good cause. 2 p.m. | Sunday, Feb. 13 “The year of the tsunami (which Suggested admission donation: $10 devastated Indonesia in 2004), there was Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 a national storytelling initiative to raise money,” she explained. She and Lorraine S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. Hartin-Gelardi, with whom she founded 845-471-7333 the group of storytellers, were inspired to establish their own fundraising efforts. “Once we started the story circles, we wanted to make this a part of what we do,” she said. “After that (fundraising for the tsunami victims), we tried to find local organizations to help. Of course now, there are so many cuts, so if we can do our little piece, it fits right into our interfaith council (mission). It’s a way to give back.” Storytelling itself is a useful tool for bridging cultural and generational boundaries. “It’s a way to get to know people you’d never know,” said Horowitz. “You can’t hate someone when you hear their story. It’s about connecting in a way that’s not judgmental.” While the council’s regularly scheduled monthly story circles are informal, “at this performance, we have professionally storytellers. This is a story concert,” she said. “We work on them (the stories) and polish them. The last few years, we’ve also included some kind of music.” This year, Pat Lamanna with her Raggedy Crew will perform. The storytellers include Hartin-Gelardi and Horowitz, with Gwen Higgins, Karen Pillsworth and Mary Platt. The > continued on next page

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story concert is geared to adults, but older children and teens are welcome. “People don’t see storytelling as being for adults,” said Horowitz. “It’s powerful. Some people have come to storytelling concerts and realize that there’s this whole world out there.” E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM There will be a wide variety of types of stories told – the presenters have a general < continued from previous page The Howland Chamber Music: Piano Festival 2011 theme, but each was free to choose what type of story they’d like to tell. “Some are continues. Tickets: $30, general; $10, student. traditional, some are personal, others are more literary – it’s a nice variety,” said under. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088. Horowitz. “It’s really interesting because often, the tellers aren’t collaborating, but the 845-831-4988. stories seem to blend.” “Romance in Art and Music” There is a suggested admission donation of $10. The proceeds from this event will 6 p.m. A multi-media exhibit and classical guitar Kimberly Kahan and Students Recital benefit the Wind Chill Fund of Hudson River Housing. The Wind Chill Fund raises concert by David Temple. The exhibit features the 2 p.m. Performances by Anne Dugan, Julie Heller, Samantha Fusco and Kimberly Kahan. Featuring money to support the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH), Hudson work of more than 40 artists. Concert begins at 7:30 excerpts from Mozart, Bellini, Dvorak, Blitzstein and p.m. Admission to exhibit, concert and reception: River Housing’s emergency overnight shelter for homeless adults. DCCH is the only more. Free. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., $10. Cornell Street Studios, 168 Cornell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903. emergency overnight shelter in Dutchess County, and relies on contributions and Kingston. 845-331-0191. volunteers to operate. Mark Rust The next story circle will be on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, WORKSHOP 3 p.m. The professional musician, Broadway Scientist, 138 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. In honor of National Women’s Month, the Heartbeat Photography: A Wildlife Photography performer and recording artist sings a fun collection Workshop theme is “Stories of Sisters and Sisterhood.” For more information and to learn about 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dave Johnson, photographer, of original songs and stories as well as some the council’s regularly scheduled monthly story circles, contact the Dutchess County author, and researcher, discusses techniques to traditional American “roots” music and songs. Part of the Saugerties Pro Musica series. Saugerties Interfaith Council at 845-471-7333 or photograph portraits of animals in their natural habitats. The workshop provides tips and information on approaching wildlife, timing, film, lenses, speeds, printing and marketing. Lunch will be provided. Ages 16 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Reservations required. Fee: $60, Mohonk Preserve members; $75, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845255-0919.

Sunday, Feb. 13 BENEFIT



Marist College Associate Professor of Spanish Kevin Gaugler was given the 2010 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/Cengage Learning Faculty Development Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (International Association of Language Learning Technology). The award was announced in the January issue of The Language Educator, the official publication of ACTFL, which noted, “The courses that (Gaugler) has designed are already being adapted for other languages and are modeled by numerous institutions. His willingness to share his ideas is evident in his contributions to the profession through publications, workshops, presentations and collaborations.”


The Shema Yisroel Radio Show (subtitled “Your Jewish All-American Radio Show”) can now be heard throughout the Hudson Valley every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Listen to WGHQ 920 AM in Ulster and Dutchess counties; WLNA 1420 AM in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties; WBNR 1260 AM. in Dutchess and Orange counties; or streaming on line at


The Clearwater Legacy Project has received $100,000 from the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) to fund its “green leadership pipeline” with experiential programs for youth at summer camps, environmental leadership retreats and green job demonstration programs. The project’s comprehensive plan establishes a leadership pipeline for youth between the ages of 5-18, from New York City to the Capital District. The plan focuses particular attention on youth from inner city or under-resourced communities within the Valley’s environmental justice designated communities such as Harlem, Yonkers, Peekskill, NewburghBeacon, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Hudson and Albany-Rensselaer.

7th Annual “Peace Concert- An Afternoon of Stories” 2 p.m. See full story on page 12. Suggested admission donation: $10. Proceeds benefit the Wind Chill Fund of Hudson River Housing. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7333.

EVENT Sweetheart Dance 1 p.m. Live music from the Mountain Brauhaus Band. Dinner served at 2 p.m. Music at 3 p.m. $20 per person. For reservations, call 518-489-0831 or 518-265-6102. German-American Club of Albany, 32 Cherry St., Albany.

United Methodist Church, 59 Post St., Saugerties. 845-246-5021.

Natalie Amendola 4 p.m. Jazz. Doug Smith also performs. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Guided Cross Country Skiing 1 p.m. Appropriate for all ages. Registration is suggested by calling 845-343-0840, ext. 12 or by RSVP through Facebook. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is suggested with all proceeds benefitting the protection of Orange County’s natural areas and working farmland. Directions to Moonbeams Preserve can be found on the Land Trust website at mmoonbeam.htm. Cancellation information will be recorded the day of the event at 845-343-0840, ext. 12. Moonbeams Nature Preserve, Wallkill. > continued on page 16

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FILM “My So-Called Enemy” 4 p.m. A screening of the award-winning documentary, followed by a discussion led by the film’s Emmy Award-winning director, Lisa Gossels. In July 2002, 22 Palestinian, Israeli and PalestinianIsraeli teenage girls traveled to the United States to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. “My So-Called Enemy” is the story of six of the girls and how the transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years. Rhinebeck High School auditorium, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-871-5500.

MUSIC Hoang Pham 4 p.m. Born in Vietnam, 25-year-old Pham grew up in Australia, where he won a number of performance prizes before coming to the US to study at the Manhattan School of Music with Marc Silverman, where he just completed his degree. He performs Chopin 24 Preludes Op. 28; Bach English Suite No. 6; and Liszt Variations on a Theme of Bach.

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Left: Photos by Brent Kane. Martingale & Company; above: Photo by Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson.

Continuing our discussion from last week, colorful knitting designs pop up all over the world. Remembering that multicolored patterns create a double-thick fabric, it’s easy to understand why it’s popular in cold climates. That seems unremarkable, until one starts adding up the similarities: extra colors carried across the back, repeats of a small number of stitches, and no more than two colors per row, regardless of the number of colors in the pattern. A recurring motif is the diamond. The diamond pattern in textiles can be traced back to the second century B.C. Diamonds are also the underlying component of many Komi patterns from European Russia. They provide a wonderful example of patterns from another part of the world with similar results (if knitting patterns were animals, biologists would call this parallel evolution). Komi patterns are nearly all three-stitch repeats, but with amazingly complex and varied patterns. As we know, short repeats of stitches are easy to memorize, produce shorter floats and are incredibly versatile. Try this: On graph paper, draw a row of simple crosses, each three stitches high and three stitches wide and one stitch apart (three stitches apart on the top row). Draw several rows of crosses above each other with a plain row in between. It makes a grid pattern. Pleasant, but not exactly inspiring, right? Try moving the crosses over so that they are on the diagonal instead of lined up. You’ll see a rather pleasing pattern often called a “lice” pattern. It got its name from rough, heavy wool that would produce little pale nubs that people thought looked like lice (I think we’ve just left the world of “pleasant”). Try crosses in black on a background of stripes in different colors – a whole new look. Try colored crosses on a black background – instant drama. Using an arsenal of crosses, Xs, horizontal or diagonal lines, the Komi created a vast assortment of designs, all with no more than two colors per row. Once you learn some basics (crosses, Xs, etc.), the artistry is in combining them. I recommend “Mostly Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia” by Charlene Schurch (Martingale & Company: 2009). It’s available through the world’s best crafting source: the local library system. {14} february 9, 2011 | | Hudson valley news


Patternless Mittens Patternless knitting, to me, is like cooking a complicated dish without a recipe. You’re always afraid you’re going to forget something crucial. The reading on ethnic knitting that I’ve been doing, however, inspired me to take the plunge. For the cast on, you’ll need a stitch gauge. Measure the circumference of your hand at its widest point (usually near the knuckles) and do your math. Adjust the number to a multiple of your pattern. (I had 44.) Using double pointed or round needles, knit in your favorite ribbing for as long as you’d like the cuff to be. Try horizontal or vertical stripes. I use 1x1 ribbing because I have skinny wrists and the snow seems to slide in. I made mine 3.5” long to fit under my coat sleeve (same snowy reason). Switch to stockinette. Knit two rows. Designate a spot to be the thumb. Work to that spot. Make 1. Place marker. Knit 6. Place marker. Make 1. Finish round. Then, knit a plain round. On the next round make 1, slip marker, knit 6, slip marker, make 1. Try on the mitten occasionally. Continue to increase rounds and plain rounds until the thumb gusset is as long as yours and as wide. When the thumb is long enough, slip all the thumb gusset stitches (I had 22) onto a stitch holder. Cast on six stitches (to make up for those original six stitches now on the holder). Continue knitting in stockinette until the mitten comes up to your forefinger tip. Place a stitch marker at the very “outside edge” and exactly half way around the row. Knit to two stitches before the marker. Knit two together (or SSK). Slip marker. Knit two together. Repeat this every round decreasing four stitches each round until you have about eight stitches left. Cut the yarn leaving a generous amount. Graft the tip closed. Sew up the thumb. Weave in your ends. Wear and enjoy! Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY DANA GAVIN On Thursday, Feb. 3, the Marist College Art Gallery opened its new season with the exhibition “GOODE + WALICKI,” featuring work by Joshua Goode of Texas and Bartek Walicki of Brooklyn. Goode and Walkicki completed their graduate studies at Boston University. The exhibition features large-scale 2-D paintings and prints, as smaller 3-D work and artist books. The exhibition runs through Feb. 26. The Marist College Art Gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m., in the Steel Plant Art Studios on Rte. 9 in Poughkeepsie across from the campus.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from page 13 Singles and Sociables – Duck Pond 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate to strenuous, 7-mile ski or snowshoe (hike if no snow), led by John Kenney (845-4366046). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

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Dr. Dog 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. “A Wedding in Transylvania” 7 p.m. Murder mystery show and a four-course dinner. $49.95 plus tax and gratuity. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-876-0590. Michelle LeBlanc 8:30-10:30 p.m. The jazz vocalist performs. Hudson House River Inn, 2 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-2659355.

Tuesday, Feb. 15 FAMILY

“Tales at Ten”: Story Time at the Mohonk Preserve 10 a.m. Hear about napping animals, hungry birds, or icy tracks and celebrate the snowy season. This program is for children ages 2-5 with their parents or guardians and is free to the public. Space is limited; please call 845-255-0919 to register. After the story time, families are encouraged to explore the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, Children’s Forest, or wander the winter Sensory Trail. This program will follow the New Paltz School District regarding winter-weather closings. In the event of a school closing or delay there will be no story time. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

FILM “Lady Sings the Blues” 6 p.m. Diana Ross stars in this musical drama charting the life of Billie Holiday, a life tormented by racism and drug abuse. Part of the biography film series. Free; light refreshments will be served. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

LECTURE Frances F. Dunwell 11 a.m. The author and conservationist draws on the material in her recently-published book, “The Hudson: America’s River,” to present a one-hour slide show and discussion. Her dramatic tales bring to life the stories of visionary people who change the direction of our national history even today, inspired by their deep relationship with the river. Parish Hall, Union Presbyterian Church, 44 Balmville Rd., Newburgh. 845-454-4484. “Radio Stories & Other Stories” 8 p.m. Ira Glass, host and producer of NPR’s “This American Life,” delivers the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture. Free and open to the public. Students’ Building (second floor), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFE Local Musicians Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 FILM

“Barbarella” (1968) 6:30 p.m. Starring Jane Fonda and John Phillip Law. Rated PG. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Beacon Hill Loop 9:3p a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper (Wildmere) Lot. This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m. {16} february 9, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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No phonies around here BY ANN LA FARGE How many of you remember – or admit to remem remembering – the excitement surrounding the ppublication of “The Catcher in the Rye?” Or, failing that, remember reading it in junior high, talking, talking, talking abou it? about I got stuck in the city during the last snowstorm and decided I needed tr a treat, so I bought myself a copy of a new biography – “J.D. Salinger, A Lif Life” by Kenneth Slawenski (Random Ho House, $27) – devoured it, then pulled m old dog-eared copy of Salinger’s my “N “Nine Stories” (heavily annotated and u underlined) from the bookshelf and red devoured that. I hope you will all do t same. the Slawenski’s biography of Salinger (who died last year at the age of 91) tells the story of his life, decade by decade, and gives an exegesis and commentary on the novel and each of the stories, including tidbits about the great author’s boyhood summers at Camp Wigwam, his years at Valley Forge Military Academy, his years in the Army during World War II and, later, the endless rejections of his short stories. Slawenski also goes into great detail about Salinger’s fascination with Zen Buddhism, mystical Catholicism and Vedanta. Follow him through Salinger’s glory years, when “Catcher” became a huge best seller and, as John Updike commented, “made room for shapelessness, for life as it is lived.” But celebrity did not bring joy. Salinger retreated to a rural cabin in New Hampshire, at first bonding with the local folks, then retreating, becoming ever more reclusive, even from his wife and children, never allowing any of his work to be made into a movie, and not wanting to be written about in newspapers or magazines. The story ends with his final – and unsuccessful – short story, “Hapworth 16, 1924,” and his continued silence. (“Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy.”) Sic transit the antepenultimate snowstorm, thanks to which I was unable to read, in time for this week’s column, Ralph Sassone’s novel “The Intimates” (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $24) which I found, slightly damp in its Jiffy bag, when I returned to the Hudson Valley. Vassar professor Sassone will read from his book at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck this Saturday, and I’ll be back next week to talk about the novel in these pages. Happily, I had packed a new book by one of my favorite writers – T.C. Boyle – for the (supposedly short) trip to the city, and this truly magnificent – and very timely – novel kept me happily reading through one long blizzardy day and night. “When the Killing’s Done” (Viking, $26.95) is being published simultaneously with the paperback edition of > continued on next page

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Boyle’ most recent collection of short stories Boyle’s – rave raved about in these pages last year – “Wild Child” (Penguin, $16). Set in and around California’s Channel Island (off the coast of Santa Barbara), “When Islands the K Killing’s Done” is an environmental drama, foug between two conflicting groups of fought envi environmentalists, each passionate about his h own cause (or version of the cause) – in or her this case, preservation of the islands and their ani animal denizens. On one side is Alma Boyd Ta Takasue, a biologist who wants to save the isl islands’ endangered animals by eliminating in invasive species (rats, feral pigs). On the ot other side is Dave La Joy, who refuses to k any species (“The loss of a single rat is kill i intolerable”) and declares outright war on A Alma and the National Park Service. The two factions clash. Restoring an ecosystem, we learn, is never easy – and what can be a justification for killin one species in order to favor another? killing Or is it possible to “let the animals decide for themselves”? There’s disaster, there’s adventure, there are wonderful flashbacks to earlier generations of island dwellers, and there’s the question of what is our place in the wild … and what we have to say about it. There are no easy answers, no cut-and-dried hero or villain, but there is much to think about and, what’s perhaps more important: it’s a wonderfully told tale. Back in Dutchess County, where I belong, I scanned the bookshelf for my favorite of Boyle’s novels, “World’s End” (the one set in the Hudson Valley), only to discover that someone – and I can’t remember who – has borrowed it. If you haven’t read that one, do so, and then pick up a copy of Boyle’s delightful novel about Frank Lloyd Wright, “The Women.” And what would a week be without a memoir? British novelist and playwright Michael Frayn honors his father in “My Father’s Fortune – A Life” (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co., $25). “It’s forty years since my father died,” he begins. “So many things I should have asked him while he was still there to tell me ...” Frayn was born in 1933, raised in a household with a live-in grandmother and “sepia photographs of faded sepia people.” He recalls life during the war (and “The Duration”) and wonders, of his parents and their generation, if they did, indeed, “believe unquestioningly in the things that they were fighting for.” He tells of his school days, air raids, VE Day, VJ Day ... and the early death of his mother, after which she was never mentioned again (“She has been airbrushed out of the historical record”). Frayn’s father, a roofing salesman, was an enigma to his son. It is this enigma that Frayn seeks to untangle in his memoir. He writes of how he finally became closer to his father, only to embark, then, upon “the journey everyone must take … away from home and childhood. I shall get ever less like my father, and ever more remote from him …” In this charming and heartwarming memoir, Frayn examines the landscape of his father’s life and his family as he comes to realize how little he knew or understood about them. What a week. And a word of warning: Don’t get caught without a good book to read next time it snows.

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The Morton Memorial Library and Community House is hosting a talent show on Friday, March 4, at 6 p.m. Acts of all kinds are welcome for the showcase, including singers (piano provided), films (no more than three minutes), and visual arts (artwork will be on display through March). Interested participants should contact Sandy Bartlett by Feb. 12 via e-mail or at 845-876-2903.

Auditions for TriArts 2011 Season begin in February. TriArts Sharon Playhouse will be producing “42nd Street” (rehearses May 31-June 23; runs June 23-July 10); “Rent” (rehearses June 21-July 15; runs July 15-24); and “Hairspray” (rehearses July 12-Aug. 4; runs Aug. 4-21). Auditions take place at TriArts Bok Gallery, Sharon, Connecticut (by appointment only) on Feb. 11, 12, and 13. For complete audition information, visit the TriArts website at Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at . Visit for more information about Trinity Players.




Saturday, Feb. 12

7:30 p.m. Vassar professor Ralph Sassone reads from his debut novel, “The Intimates.” Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

The Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce seeks design proposals for “Shine On Saugerties 2011.” Handmade wooden replicas of the Saugerties Lighthouse will be on display from July through October. Artists are asked to submit proposals for designs. Works to be auctioned in Oct. Artists receive 1/3 of proceeds. For the prospectus, go to The deadline is March 15.

2012 Solo Show Exhibition Opportunities at Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse Historic Site: Juried by a panel of art professionals by slide or CD/ROM submissions, selected artists will be offered a solo show at the estate’s Museum Pavilion. Locust Grove encourages artists to develop new works of art for this exhibition opportunity. In an effort to give artists time to prepare, the solo shows offered in this jury process are for the year 2012. Applications must be postmarked Monday, April 4. Applications must be received by mail or hand delivered; applications received by e-mail will not be considered. For further details on solo show opportunities at Locust Grove and to download submission procedures, go to Locust Grove’s website under Calendar of Events at For questions or to receive the information by mail, contact Ursula Morgan, Director of Public Programs, at 845-454-4500, ext. 217

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

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The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers month long Artist in Residence (AIR) opportunities for visual artists, composers, playwrights/ screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Longer residencies are available for ceramic artists. The AIR sessions generally occur during the months of June, July, August and September. For more information or to apply, go to artist_in_residence/index.html. The application deadline is March 1.

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a fashion major at the ubiquitous University of Los Angeles (not UCLA, mind you. Just ULA). Side note, I loved the fake college name and fake fraternity name, but for some reason, it aggravated me to no end that Sara and her cohorts enjoy uploading pictures and changing their statuses on “Friendz,” a clear rip off of Facebook. Couldn’t Mallhi have taken some of the time and energy saved by cribbing “Single White Female” and come up with a cleverer name for the social network? On her first night at the university, Sara is warmly greeted by two neighbors, invited to a frat party and meets an attractive if squinty frat boy/drummer (Cam Gigandet) who is charmingly non-threatening. Of course, Sara is impossibly gorgeous with a “high fashion” style that attracts her sleazy fashion professor’s eye (Billy Zane, why are you slumming here? Get back on the Titanic!). She is troubled, though, having lost her older sister years before, and her high school boyfriend won’t leave her alone. Kelly isn’t a strong enough presence to carry the film as the Final Girl – I didn’t care about her, I didn’t sympathize with her, and her squeaky, baby voice made me hope that the baddie would tape her mouth shut. Gigandet is more endearing, but he’s basically a teddy bear caricature of sweetness who squints when he’s thinking. And when he’s worried. And when he’s happy. Big trouble comes in the form of a little Leighton Meester as her wealthy Californian art student roommate. Meester is the best thing in this flick – she does pretty well with a depressingly derivative script. She mixes passive-aggressive angst with a sad, empathy-inspiring longing for love. The more bored I grew with the movie, the more I contemplated what “The Roommate” could have been with a better script, playing upon Meester’s ability to blend vulnerability with venom. Moving the plot of “Single White Female” to college should have made for a smart movie about feminine identity, gender politics, social actualization and female bonding set during what, I’d argue, is the most fertile time of creating oneself: freshmen year at college. Given that part of this set up is that the scary stalker tries to physically transform into the object of her desire, it seemed only natural to set this scene in a dorm, where girls do tend to share clothes and jewelry and all the other markers and signifiers of identity and femininity. This sort of created doppelganger doesn’t happen often between two men – it’s easier to suggest the threat of having one’s self absorbed between young women. There are identifiers like hair color, perfume, earrings and clothes that are material indicators of identity; thus, the danger is greater when all of who you are is determined by all that is not really “you.” But the movie doesn’t address this at all. And Meester is wasted – I’d like to see her try something more sophisticated, because she did hold my interest when she was on screen.

weekend horoscopes FEB. 8-15 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You may be in for some disappointment this week, as a goal you’ve been working towards is suddenly hit with unexpected roadblocks. Even if the setbacks are minor, it’s going to be discouraging. You can only move forward – these are events you cannot control. You are more than capable of achieving what you want.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): A new person will come into your life this week who will turn out to play an important role in your life at some point. You’ll feel an instant connection with this person, and you’ll be surprised to learn how many things you have in common. Avoid jumping into an intense relationship now – friendship or romantic. Take things slowly.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You are looking for a new adventure this week, as are your friends. It might be time to plan a trip to an exotic place – do some research and involve others. Just brainstorming about a thrilling getaway might be enough to satisfy your need to get out of your environment. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Issues at work are bubbling over, and it may take some

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • The game may have been a thriller, but the real winners and losers of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV were the performing acts and the commercials. Christina Aguilera managed to mess up the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and then attempt to cover up the offense by over-warbling the rest of it. The Black Eyed Peas took to the stage at half-time, only to deliver a lackluster, second-hand embarrassing show. They looked like “Tron” rejects who couldn’t even get the “V” in the word “Love” to light up correctly during “Where is the Love.” It was a disaster. • And most of the commercials were a disappointment at best, offensive at worst. Kingston native David Povill had a hand in the standout of the night: He served as senior copywriter on the Volkswagen ad featuring a tiny Darth Vader. Cool, funny and memorable. • Shia LaBeouf (“Transformers,” “Wall Street 2”) is definitely not feeling cool, funny and memorable. Last weekend, the actor got into a tussle with college student Mark Mastro at Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks, California after Mastro called LaBeouf a sexual slur. LaBeouf wound up in cuffs and was detained. • Poor Tara Reid – she got excited, apparently, when she heard Jeff Bridges talking offhand about The Dude. Last week, she announced to some press that she was, indeed, slated to film a sequel to “The Big Lebowski.” Someone had the nerve to go confirm this with Joel and Ethan Coen, the directors of “The Big Lebowski.” Um, yeah, no – no “The Big Lebowski 2,” and the Coens got in a little teasing for good measure. • Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore was found dead last Sunday at a hotel in the southern Spanish town of Estepona, where he was on vacation. Spain’s Interior Ministry said police will await the outcome of an autopsy before deciding if an investigation is warranted. He was 58.

creative methods to keep everyone moving forward. You’ve got the right point of view to see all sides, and you’re ready to emerge as a leader in these sorts of situations. Your efforts will not go unnoticed.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): This is a good week to get out and mingle – you’ll meet people who are talented in very unique fields, which may be of great inspiration to you. Be sure to hold onto their contact information; you’ll want to interview them for a future project. Accept an invitation to travel. Romance may be in the air.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Your energy level is very high this week – you’re ready to take on a new physical activity or a new workout plan. Don’t push yourself too fast; your desire to be fit is powerful, but you need to give your body time to catch up to your will. Look for a new group activity that will give you a chance to meet new people.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): It’s time for you to consider taking on a partner in order to complete an ambitious project that demands creativity. Joining forces with someone who compliments your strengths is going to certainly improve your final product. Why struggle alone when the you can get more done with a partner? You’ll have more energy for the many other items on your to-do list.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You are brimming with energy to redo your living space. It could be something massive, like fully redecorating or buying all new furniture, but it simple, like painting a room or just giving the place a thorough cleaning. Ask others for their recommendations on what to do to freshen up the place. You’ll feel rejuvenated.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You have to get out of the house this weekend, even if the weather is bad and you can only walk around the block. If you’ve got errands to run, grab a friend and turn it into something more fun. Be prepared to run into someone unique; keep your mind open and be ready for anything. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Be prepared for something you’ve worked very hard for to finally pay off. You’ve been waiting so long for this that it may come as a shock to you. Take some time to let it sink in, but don’t stay idle for long. You’re best when you’re planning and working towards a goal, so get back on track as soon as possible. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): A person close to you is likely to be in a tense mood this week and unwilling to tell you why. It doesn’t ease your relationship, but you have to trust that whatever is causing this attitude doesn’t relate to you. Let them work it out on their own, but be willing to listen if they want to talk things out. Your support will be very important. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You’re dwelling on the past this week in an unhealthy


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way – you’re thinking about negative experiences and old wounds. Instead of replaying the scenarios over and over, knowing that you can’t change what happened, try to focus on what positive lessons you learned from the experiences, and how you are a stronger, more capable person today because of all you’ve been through.

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This week’s winner: John Fischer with his photo of Perrine’s Bridge in Esopus. Send your Hudson Valley Photo of the Week submission to production@ each Sunday. Photos should be at least 3”x4” at 300 dpi. Include your name, location of photo and town of residence.

A New Beginning”- Oil Paintings by Kevin Cook Feb. 12 - March 6, Artist Reception: Saturday February 12, 5 - 8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Wed. - Mon. 12 - 6 p.m., Second Saturday 12 - 9 p.m.

Kevin Cook, a Hudson River School painter, invites visitors to witness the beautiful Hudson Valley, painted in the old style with a new freshness at the RiverWinds Gallery. The opening reception for the show is Feb. 12, Beacon’s 2nd Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will run through March 6. RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-2880. Above: “Under a Brazen Sky.”

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Paula Poundstone performed last Friday night at the Bardavon. A percentage of the proceeds from the aftershow book signing benefited the Friends of Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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There were several knights in shining armor at the Hyde Park Knights of Columbus clubhouse for Super Bowl Sunday. Most of them were seeking the “holy grail,” which this time happened to be the top prize in the annual 100-square football pool. Since the New York Jets had been knocked out of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks earlier, Sir Galahad (Mark Sanchez) was nowhere to be found, but the brightest knight of all turned out to be Sir Mark of O’Sullivan, who claimed the Green Bay 1 and Pittsburgh 5 square to win the top prize. Similar gatherings may have been brought together all across the land, but the knights at the 9G castle of Columbus put on a special attraction for approximately 100 members and guests from across the local area. In addition to the quest for fame and fortune, the local Knights of Columbus Council 6111 puts out a smorgasbord of gourmet delights and a chance to interact with neighbors and friends, who also happen to be zealous football and sports fans. This year’s party also had an added chivalrous purpose when Phil Williams, K of C member, announced that a portion of the funds raised from the evening’s festivities would be going toward supporting the family of Jazmine

Cappillino. The 12-year-old Regina Coeli student was recently diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack liver cells and which will require Jazmine to have a liver transplant in the near future. The Knights of Columbus hopes to raise several thousand dollars to assist the Cappillino family with expected medical bills and to help speed them along on a trip to Lourdes in France with hopes of finding divine providence in dealing with Jazmine’s medical condition. Next on their agenda is a pancake breakfast, which will serve as a major kickoff to assist the Cappillinos. It will be held at the K of C hall on Sunday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, and will include a full array of breakfast fare. The price of the breakfast will be $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and over, and $5 for children (additional information on the event will be forthcoming in Hudson Valley News). If you would like to share in the effort to assist the Cappillino family, contact Phil Williams at 845-229-9406.

Mr. & Mrs. Pete Albertson and Hyde Park Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Bill McGann (Giants fan); Pat Kelly and son are already enjoying their Super Bowl Party meal while others work their way through the line prior to the opening kickoff between Green Bay and Pittsburgh at the Knights of Columbus End Zone Party last Sunday. There was plenty of good food and plenty of scoring action as the Packers packed away their third Super Bowl title, 31-25, over the Pittsburgh Steelers.


From the moment Sandy Lasher, in her Heinz Ward number 86 Steelers jersey, greeted guests at the door until the game ended around 10 p.m., there was an air of fun and excitement throughout the clubhouse. Everyone gave a thumbs-up to the buffet spread, which included pulled pork, ham and pineapple, chicken, pasta, meatballs, sausage and peppers, and desserts. There was plenty to keep them satisfied throughout the four quarters of action ahead.

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pointer before the half ended with the Pack up 21-10. That score made Sir Paul of Sheedy a happy baron, halfway through the “Spamalot” quest. It also made several Packers fans sense their chances looked pretty good for that important Super Bowl ring. Except for Peter Angarola, who favored neither team, five other local fans, grouped together through friendship over many years on local golf courses and sports venues in the Hyde Park area, all predicted a Green Bay victory. The group included Harry Heubler, Al Palmatier, Jack Healey, Mauri Fumasoli and coach Duane Davis. When the second half got under way, it wasn’t long before the Steelers fans were given their chance to cheer. After that early struggle to get untracked, which saw their favorite hero, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, intercepted on the play that put them into that deep 14-point hole, the Steelers drew to within four points in the third period, 21-17, before MVP Aaron Rogers connected with Greg Jennings, his favorite target all night, for a 28-17 edge. Pittsburgh made one last grasp at getting even or better, adding a twopoint conversion following their third TD to make it a three-point contest, 2825, and then they held Green Bay to a field goal with just over two minutes to play. Roethlisberger, however, was unable to move the often penalized Steelers down the field as time ran out. By this time, many at the Knights’ End Zone Party had given up the quest and some even began to clear the decks, but Sir Gawain, make that Sir Mark of o’Sullivan, would soon be dubbed the top Knight – ending the quest with the right combination and the joy of victory, while most of the remaining Camelot contingent shared the agony of defeat, along with the boys from the steel town in Pennsylvania.


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Having lived in Union Vale for the past decade, I cannot remember a winter with more frequent snowfall or intensity of weather. It’s only February and the storms seem to have come upon us, one right after the other, along with long nights of single-digit or below-zero temperatures. Snow has accumulated so much, it’s getting to be like the situation in Poughkeepsie about 14 years ago. A snowfall each weekend resulted in the city running out of places to put it. Finally, personnel with equipment from Western New York were called in to shave the accumulations back to the curbs, load the excess into trucks and dump it in the Hudson River. Fortunately, with the expertise of the Union Vale Highway Department and the general layout of parcels here, snow may have crept into every quarter but we do not anticipate a problem of the magnitude that took place in the mid ’90s.


After each of the substantial snowstorms this year, I’ve traveled throughout the town to areas that include Ridgecerest Road, Breezy Hill Drive, Pleasant Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge Extension, North

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Smith Road near Tompkins Road and other byways associated with steep access or high angles of grade. I was able to objectively conclude that our Union Vale roads, including the aforementioned steeper grades, were in very much better shape than the local streets in all of the other jurisdictions between here and Poughkeepsie. The same is true when you compare Union Vale streets with state and county highways. Union Vale was far ahead of them in time of clearance and exponentially more passable. There was no contest and it didn’t happen by accident. I’ve stated before that it’s a function of adequate planning, skilled staffing, efficient organization and competent deployment of both mechanical and human resources. The person responsible for synthesizing and engineering this undertaking is Richie Wisseman, the Union Vale highway supervisor. Additionally, each of his workers deserves a great deal of credit for a job well done. When most residents have been comfortably tucked away at home waiting for the roaring snowstorm or blizzard to subside, Wisseman’s people have been out in the worst of the bitter elements, working hard to make sure the roads are clean and safe. Union Vale Highway Department workers manage to endure the most Draconian of conditions and they don’t quit until the job is done. Over the past several years, many new roads have been added to the jurisdiction, especially those designed to bring certain residences into line with E-911 requisites. Making an immensely arduous job look easy, Wisseman and his highway workers have seen the task of opening these roads through to a successful completion. I can personally attest to the situation on North Smith Road, where I reside. One of the more dangerously steep hills in town lies immediately south of where North Smith Road connects with Tompkins Road. Yet, I have had no problem whatsoever proceeding up or down this steep incline either during or after each of the heavier snowfalls this season. As I had mentioned, it’s a lot safer than the nearby state and county roads. This is due to the managerial expertise of Richie Wisseman and the unrelenting efforts of his highway crew. Needless to say, the Union Vale Highway Department is second to none. The hard work of Richie Wisseman’s dedicated workers has not gone unnoticed and each one of them deserves Union Vale’s highest accolades.


With Union Vale being essentially a bedroom community, it seems as if the vast majority of residents travel considerable distances on interstate highways or roads of similar nature with limited access. Most people embarking either on measurable or even relatively short trips do not plan on becoming stuck or detained for any period. Nevertheless, seldom does a winter go by without reports of people somewhere in this country freezing to death in stranded cars, trucks and buses. In order to avoid being counted among these unfortunates, drivers can take several precautions. • In adverse weather, avoid interstate highways and roads of limited access. For instance, in Dutchess County, use local Route 52 instead of Interstate Route 84, except, of course, when you’re near (and must cross) the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. • Keep the gas tank above half to three quarters full. It may provide enough heat if you’re stranded. • Include blankets, down-filled comforters and a first-aid kit. • Check your battery. If it’s out of warrantee, replace it. You don’t need a bad surprise. • Pack jumper cables, sand bags or cat litter and strap-on chains for the tires. • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries or get a crank-up flashlight w/no batteries. • Pack a cell phone. It beats waiting for another driver with a cell phone to come along. • Include your prescription medication. Never assume you’ll be on time for access to it. • Pack heaters that don’t emit CO. A lot of portable heaters are now battery operated. • Don’t forget a hat and adequate footwear. The head and feet lose heat faster than other parts. • Include food, or at least protein bars. Being stranded brings hunger and loss of judgment. • Alcohol: The law says alcohol containers in vehicles must never have been opened. Alcohol clouds judgment and gives warmth to blood vessels in the surface areas while the body core freezes. It’s dangerous as it gives a false sense of warmth and security. • Never, ever, turn on headlights before starting the car. It might use the last bit of electricity that could have started the engine and created heat for your survival. The foregoing might seem like too much for a simple road trip. However, if you ignore these items and become stranded, I’ll guarantee you’ll never make the same mistake again.


Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON Often, I start this column out with some sort of discussion about the weather. Please note: I have no comment about this week’s weather. None. And it takes a lot to leave me speechless, as you can well imagine. But, I did hear a couple of funny remarks about the weather this week. On WDST (the best radio station ever), morning DJ Greg Gattine was just about to give the forecast this past Monday and he said, “more snow … (pause) … OK, this week’s snowstorm will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.” And, the First Baptist Church sign in Poughkeepsie read this week, “Whoever is praying for snow, please stop.” A photo of the sign was picked up by numerous news outlets across the country. My colleague, Donna, is very active at First Baptist and she was just thrilled with the national coverage. Now I see there is more snow in the forecast for next week. No comment.


The Stanford Grange had its Anniversary Open House a week ago Sunday and many townspeople came out to join in celebrating this amazing milestone. In fact, the large lecture hall area of the Grange building was standing room only. The celebration began with a short program lead by Grange Master Margaret Plantier. Guests from nearby Grange chapters presented Stanford Grange with several cards and gifts, and the Stanford Lion’s Club presented the Grange with a check for $2,000 to assist with the renovation of the men’s bathroom. That lead to a huge round of applause, mainly for the generous nature of the donation, but also it seems that the men’s lavatory is in much need of repairs. (Think – where do we all heed nature’s call on Community Day?) Anyway, excuse the digression. The ceremony was very traditional yet lighthearted, and the large group assembled seemed to be having a rousing good time. I tried to get a photo of current Town of Stanford Supervisor Virginia Stern seated next to past Supervisor Dave Tetor. But, without using a flash, I couldn’t get one

Stanford Grange Secretary Ryan Orton lists the organizations that were represented at the 115th Anniversary Open House a week ago Sunday; Nancy Finkle from Rock City Grange presents Stanford Grange Master Margaret Plantier with a gold star in honor of the anniversary; Stanford Grange members lead the traditional closing ceremony at the end of the special anniversary program. Photos by Heidi Johnson.

that wasn’t blurry. It was neat seeing those two sharing a side comment now and then. They were clearly enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the cake and coffee after the ceremony because Jim and I had tickets to see the Bacon Brothers at the Bardavon. But, knowing how much good food is usually available at Grange events, I’m sure no one went home hungry. And the mood was festive so I’m sure it was also a fun time for folks to converse with friends and meet new people. If you recall from prior columns, the celebration was also to recognize the Stanford Grange for being named a “Distinguished Grange” at the National Grange Conference. This is quite an honor as I believe I heard that Stanford is the only Grange in New York State to be awarded this honor. Congratulations again to all our faithful and hard-working Grange members and thank you for the great party last weekend!


The Sunday Series at the Stanford Library continues with “John Kemnitzer and His Snakes” on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. John is a local guy and published author of reptile reference books. His programs are always very enjoyable and informative and they draw a large crowd. Be sure to mark your calendars for this event because it will be wonderful, I am certain.

A reminder about the “February Book Club,” which will be discussing the book “Possession: A Romance” by A.S. Byatt. You can pick up a copy of the book at the library and then join in the discussion this coming Monday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Also, don’t forget the Library’s ongoing programs: • Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. – Preschool Story Time for 3-year-olds • First and Third Thursdays at 7 p.m. – Knitting Club (open to all ages and abilities) • Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. – Brain Games for Seniors; exercises for the mind


which is enormous and full of real dancing, not just Broadway stomping around. They are learning traditional Scottish sword dances, jigs and reels and there will also be a ballet solo featured. And the music is rich and full of six- to eight-part harmony. Again, much more challenging than usual “Broadway belting.” The show opens Friday, March 11, with shows Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. You can stop by the box office to buy tickets usually from 3 until 7 p.m., but do call first to make sure someone is there. Or, charge by phone at: 518-398-1272. Next week, I’ll have information and photos from the Stissing Theatre Guild Act-a-Thon fundraiser, which was held this past Friday night. It was an eight-hour marathon of constant singing, dancing and acting, which raised money for STG and the Stissing Mountain Dance Line. Hard work, but great fun. More next week. Drive carefully on those icy roads, everyone. See you next Wednesday.

By the time this paper comes out, the box office should be open for “Brigadoon.” It was due to open Monday, Feb. 7, but problems with the phone system may have delayed the opening. So, if you call for tickets and get no answer (not even the recorded message), that means the phone is still not connected, but rest assured, that will be resolved shortly. Keep trying because Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845you will not want to miss this show. 392-4348 or It is going to be superb. The cast has been working very hard on the choreography, Hudson valley news | | february 9, 2011 {23}

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Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain a card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. For more information, call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from the CVS Pharmacy, between the library and cemetery. Turn into the parking lot between the church and the library, enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-8894242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. See www. for more information.

Navigating Medicare Navigating Medicare, a presentation by St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Atrium, Sr. M. Ann Elizabeth Conference Center Rooms A & B, at St. Francis Hospital. This free presentation is a basic overview of Medicare. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve your place, call 845-483-5560.

Upcoming Swing Dance The Dukes and Duchess, a popular local swing band, will perform at a free dance sponsored by the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Everyone is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available. Call the church for more information at 845-297-2800. Medicare Training The Division of Aging Services will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Monday, Feb. 28. The program will take place at the Hyde Park Library, 2 Main St., from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, EPIC, Medicare Advantage Plans, the new changes to the Medigap plans and information on how the Health Reform Law affects Medicare will also be discussed. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Division of Aging Services at 845-486-2555.

Weight Loss Surgery St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers will offer a free informational seminar on Weight Loss Surgery Options on Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the hospital’s Atrium Board Room. Dr. Dominic Artuso, director of the hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss program, will discuss types of weight loss surgery, requirements and testing prior to surgery, understanding insurance and expected outcomes. Call for reservations/more information at 845-483-5140. ‘Hark! Who Goes There?’ On Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., St. James’ Church will host its second Fireside Chat, “Hark! Who Goes There?,” which will explore the early founders of the church. The event will be held at St. James’ Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. Call 845-229-2820 for more information. Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets Thursday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202. See for more information. Clinton Library Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the library. Bring an original or favorite poem to share and discuss or come to enjoy some poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.

St. Patrick’s Day Dance The Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Seniors, will be held at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge on Monday, March 14, from noon to 4 p.m. A traditional meal ‘Cats’ Fundraiser of corned beef and cabbage will be served and The Dutchess County SPCA and the Center for music will be provided by the Bob Martinson Performing Arts are hosting a fundraiser for the Band. The Elks Lodge is located at 29 Overocker SPCA on the opening night of “Cats” on Feb. 11 at Rd. in Poughkeepsie. To register for the event, the Center, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. Tickets are mail a check made out to Friends of Seniors to $40 and include admission to a private cocktail party 42 Catharine St., Second Floor, Poughkeepsie, and conversation with the cast. Doors open at 7:30 NY 12601-2529. Tickets are $25 per person. Be and the show begins at 8 p.m. The private reception sure to include the name of every person you are will follow the show. To purchase tickets, call the paying for. Reserved tables for ten are $250, and Center for Performing Arts at 845-876-3080. full payment for all guests must be sent together. For more information, call 845-485-1277. {24} february 9, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’ “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” a documentary about the trafficking of children and child labor in the international chocolate industry, will be screened Friday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 South Randolph Ave. Call 845-471-6580 or visit for more information. Introduction to Computers The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Feb. 11, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet on Friday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Novices to experienced knitters of all ages can participate. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play card games. The Club meets Friday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the lower level of the Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Library Board Meeting The Clinton Community Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Meetings are open to the public. Previous board meeting minutes are available in the library. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.

Upcoming Harlem Wizards Game The Millbrook Sports Boosters and Millbrook Volleyball will host the Harlem Wizards basketball team on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Millbrook High School in a game pitting the Wizards against Millbrook faculty. Advance tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. Advance tickets must be purchased by Feb. 14. Tickets at the door are $13 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harlemwizards. com, by emailing millbrooksportsboosters@gmail. com or calling 845-238-4649. ‘Barbarella’ The Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, will screen the cult classic “Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy”

Heart Health Talk A presentation on heart health will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Wingate at Dutchess in Fishkill. Nurse Cathy Regan of St. Francis Home Care Services will be the presenter. The event is free but reservations are required. Call 845-4835560 for more information or to reserve a spot. Library Board Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, to discuss library matters. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Red Hook Public Library at 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook and at ‘Catch-22’ A free screening of the film “Catch-22” will be held at the Adriance Library Community Room, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie, on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 845-8767906 or visit Historic Homeowner Tax Credit A free program on the New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit, presented by the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and the Preservation League, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Poughkeepsie City Hall Council Chambers, Third Floor, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. This workshop is free but seating is limited. For additional information or to RSVP, call 845-702-4375. Church History Lecture On Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., the Rhinebeck Historical Society will host a lecture by Bud Rogers, who will speak on the history of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church. Teen Advisory Group Teens will find a forum for their ideas and requests at the Poughkeepsie Public Library TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Meeting on Feb. 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Strba Teen Room at Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St. in Poughkeepsie. Interested teens are invited to share their input regarding book purchases and upcoming teen programs. Attending TAG meetings once a month can earn teens volunteer hours for school. For more information, call 845-485-3445, ext. 3309. ‘Math and Science Matter’ Dutchess Community College will host its 15th Annual “Math and Science Matter … Especially for Young Women” on Saturday, March 5. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to girls in grades five through eight. Registration is $10. The program offers hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math developed by DCC faculty and is designed to engage girls in activities that highlight opportunities in those fields. Complete descriptions and an online registration form are available at www. Autism Tomorrow Anderson Center for Autism will usher in Autism Awareness Month by hosting Autism Tomorrow, a one-day conference on March 11, at The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, are the keynote speakers. For more information, call 845-889-9123.





The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association will sponsor an advanced rug hooking class, taught by Sue Charbonneau. The class will be on Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days. Prior hooking knowledge is required for this class. The rug to be hooked will have a sheep theme. The cost of the pattern and linen will be $45. The hooker needs to provide their own wool or purchase some at the class. For further information, contact Mary Drumm at 518-784-2521. Class size is limited so participation will be on a firstcome basis.


Do you want more control over your food supply? Would you like to eat organic, locally raised vegetables, harvested at the peak of nutrition and flavor, without breaking the family budget? Do you want to start or expand your vegetable garden? This class covers the fundamentals of growing vegetables, from selecting varieties and planting seeds and transplants to growing and harvesting. Instructors will look at how to protect your garden from pests, both big and tiny, and cover techniques such as growing beds, mulching, watering, crop rotation and garden design. This information will help novices and experienced gardeners take their garden to the next level. Instructor Mary Nisley has gardened organically for more than 30 years in three states, and has experience with a wide range of vegetables, growing conditions and problems. The class will be given on four Thursdays, Feb. 17, March 3, 17, and 31 (snow dates March 24 and April 7) from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. The cost is $80 for all four sessions and not refundable after Feb. 4. The class is limited to 20 participants. To register, call Nancy Halas at 845-6778223, ext. 115. Visit www.ccedutchess. org for more information.


The Clinton Community Library is

holding a movie night on Friday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). The public is invited to this free showing of “Despicable Me.” The movie takes place in a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences, where a single black house with a dead lawn sits. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way, until the day he encounters the immense will of three orphan girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential dad. Movie nights are a regular monthly feature at the library, so tell librarians if there is something you would like to see. Call 845-266-5530 with your movie suggestions and for information.


The Third Saturday Artists’ Books for the Fun of It will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 12:15 p.m. in the Clinton Community Library. Make lively books in pleasant company with themes and projects decided on by the group. No doubt the lengthening days and strengthening cold will inspire ideas. Please let Jo Renbeck know if you plan to come ( Sometimes, there will be a very small materials fee.


Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church invites all from the community to come to the upcoming Sweethearts Dinner on Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The dinner will include an entree with salad, bread and dessert. After dinner, some humorous skits will be performed. The dinner is free, but an RSVP is required by Sunday, Feb. 20 so sufficient food can be prepared. Seating will be limited to about 64 people. The church is located at 1592 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14, at the dead end by the Taconic State Parkway), Clinton Corners. For more information, directions, questions, or to RSVP, call 845-266-8057 or visit


The East and West Clinton Fire Districts provide fire and ambulance services to the residents of the Town of Clinton and a portion of the Town of Hyde Park along North Quaker Lane. Each fire district is governed by an elected Board of Fire Commissioners that sets the policy for the fire departments and prepares the fire district budgets for the operation of their fire district. The fire commissioners volunteer their time and serve five-year terms on the board. All board meetings are open to the public. There is no public vote on the fire district budget but there is a public hearing on the budget in October. The East Clinton Board of Fire Commissioners meets monthly on the Wednesday following the second Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in the firehouse on Firehouse Lane in Clinton Corners. The board is composed of Chairwoman Stephanie Bonk, Russell Bonk, Christopher Burns, Stu Burns and Donna Ruffell. Mary Ann Thompsett is the appointed secretary and treasurer. Their mailing address is PO Box 181, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. The West Clinton Board of Fire Commissioners meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. for their regular business meeting and the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for a workshop in Fire Station 1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. The board is composed of Chairman Jack Kelly, John “Jack” Cleary, Brian Dingee, Todd Martin and Ray Oberly. Diane Brown is the appointed secretary and James Stutzman is the appointed treasurer. Their mailing address is 219 Hollow Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580.


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Congratulations, graduate! Susan B. Costello, daughter of Patsy N. and Arthur J. Costello Sr. of Hyde Park, recently graduated from Remington College of Nursing in Lake Mary, Florida with her BS in nursing. She also has a BS in biology from SUNY New Paltz and was able to complete her studies in one year. Susan is a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and was a former USAF Flight Medic and a veteran of Desert Storm. She will be taking her RN boards and remaining in Florida. Photo submitted.

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Dinner raises funds for music exchange program

Bonny-Jean Ridgway, 54, an Ulster County resident for the past ten years and formerly of Poughkeepsie, died unexpectedly on Saturday, January 29, 2011. After raising her family, Ms. Ridgway was a nurse at St. Francis Hospital for ten years. Bonny-Jean was also a former ambulance driver for the Fairview Rescue Squad in Poughkeepsie. Born in Poughkeepsie on August 14, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Robert D. Boland Sr. and Katherine L. Burt Boland. She attended Poughkeepsie Schools and the Ducthess County BOCES nursing program. Survivors include her daughter, Catherine M. Ridgway and her companion, James Anderson, of Hyde Park; son, Gary Ridgway and wife, Cathy, of Hyde Park; five grandchildren, Latifa, Jayvon, Adrian, Mia, and Alyssa; brother, Robert Jr.; and uncle, John F. Burt. Memorial calling hours were from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2011 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Wendell and Betty Lou Bautz join Vern and Gay Barber at the Hearts Across the Table Dinner; Mark Fleischhauer, president of the Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange program, and his wife, Mary, welcome guests to the dinner; Sisters Cassie and Chelsea Prettyman serve appetizers. Photos by Christopher Lennon

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON More than 150 people filled the Good Shepherd Church’s Brogan Center in Rhinebeck on Saturday for the annual Hearts Across the Table Dinner. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while browsing a large selection of silent auction items before sitting down for a meal of braised beef in beer sauce, boiled potatoes and green beans. The annual dinner is a fundraiser for the Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange program, which in the summer of 2012 will send local music students to Rheinbach, Germany to perform concerts and get a taste of German culture while living with German host families. “It is a music-based exchange where every five years, we take a band and a choir to Germany,” explained Mark Fleischhauer, president of the exchange program. The following year, in 2013, music students from Rheinbach will stay with local host families and perform locally.

They will also take trips to New York City, enjoy Renegades games and do other activities with local students. Fleischhauer explained proceeds from Saturday’s Hearts Across the Table Dinner will be used to pay for activities for the German students during their time in New York. The dinner was prepared by Chef Michael Kristan, a CIA-trained chef whose sister is a member of the exchange program board. One guest at the dinner was Fred Hatesaul, who helped lead the first exchange in 1978. “It was a very nice experience for everybody,” he recalled. “We hope to keep it going because it is a wonderful cultural exchange.” More information on the RhinebeckRheinbach Exchange can be found at

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On January 31, 2011, Joseph F. Strong, 84, a longtime Hyde Park resident, passed away at Vassar Brothers Medical Center with pneumonia. His family was at his side. Mr. Strong worked at IBM in Poughkeepsie for over twenty five years until his retirement. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. Joe was a communicant of Regina Coeli Parish, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #6111, Hyde Park, and the Loyal Order of the Moose, Poughkeepsie Lodge #904. Mr. Strong proudly served in the United States Army during WW II. Joe loved dancing with his wife, Ginnie, to whom he was devoted. He was an honest, intelligent man and represented the Dutchess Estates Homeowners Association at the Hyde Park Planning Board meetings for many years. He loved playing and watching sports. He enjoyed Saturday tailgate parties at the West Point football games for many years. Recently, he enjoyed watching sports with his grandchildren and son-in-law. Born on December 19, 1926 in Goshen, he was the son of the late Asa and Margaret Gately Strong. He was a graduate of John S. Burke High School in Goshen. On January 14, 1950, in Garden City, Long Island, he married Virginia Louise Mulry. She predeceased him on April 12, 2010. He is survived by his daughter and son in

law, Virginia and Joseph Mazzello, Jr. of Hyde Park; three grandchildren, Mary Mazzello of Cambridge, Mass., Joseph Mazzello of Los Angeles, CA, and John Mazzello of Hyde Park; brother, Asa Strong of Dallas, TX; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother, Gerard Strong; and sister, Margaret Goodwin. Calling hours were from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 12:45 p.m., Friday, February 4 at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Fr. Michael Palazzo officiated. Entombment with military honors followed in the Community Mausoleum at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Foundation, 45 Reade Pl., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Elizabeth C. Pilch, 89, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 29, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie. Before her retirement, Mrs. Pilch was the owner of the East Park Bake Shop in Hyde Park. Prior to her bake shop, she was a waitress at the Howard Johnson’s in Arlington, and the Brighton Diner and House of Eng, both in Poughkeepsie. Betty attended Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie, and enjoyed playing instant lottery games. Born in Modena on October 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Jannette Vecchio Cacchio. Betty was a graduate of Poughkeepsie Schools before receiving her RN degree. She worked as a nurse for a time in Poughkeepsie. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Edward Szymanski, and her second husband, Walter ‘Sam’ Pilch. Survivors include her son, Robert E. Szymanski and wife, Donna, of Hyde Park; two grandsons, Robert A. Szymanski and wife, Christine, of Hyde Park, and Stephen R. Szymanski and wife, Nicole, of Elizaville; great-grandsons, Anthony R. Szymanski of Hyde Park, Ted A. Gresler of Fishkill; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by her brothers, Anthony, Lorenzo, Albert, Henry, and Raymond Cacchio; and sisters, Lillian Maragos, and Louise Parker. Funeral services were private. Betty was buried in the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Arrangements were under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or, the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538. To send a condolence or for directions, visit > continued on next page

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Bonnie Teator Asher, 78, a 46-year Hyde Park resident, died at home on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 of acute myeloid leukemia after a 25 year struggle with progressive multiple sclerosis. She was born in Poughkeepsie, the daughter of Alva Curtis Teator and Flora Rider Teator on October 2, 1932. She was raised in Red Hook, N.Y. and attended Miss Shelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School at Maizeland for elementary school and graduated at age 16 from Red Hook High School in 1949. She graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a BA in 1953 and also studied at Columbia University in New York City. Bonnie worked for the Poughkeepsie Journal from 1954 until 1968 in the Editorial Department as Society editor and later as Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Page Editor. She married G. Vincent Asher on August 8, 1964 at St. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church in Lake George, NY. Mr. Asher survives at home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey Asher Mallory of Poughkeepsie; and several nieces and nephews, including Diane L. Campion of Albany, and Denise Rega-Sanchez and husband, Robert Sanchez, of Modena. She is also survived by her beloved little beagle, Georgie Girl. Bonnie enjoyed gardening, cooking, decorating, traveling and especially all animals. The family thanks Hospice for their kind care as well as Royalty Caregivers of Red Hook. Calling hours were from 6 to 8 pm, Sunday, February 6, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services took place at 11 a.m., Monday, February 7 at St. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Rev. Chuck Kramer officiated. Burial followed in the family plot in St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. In Lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


David W. Brant, 90, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at home. Mr. Brant was a heavy equipment operator with the International Union of Operating Engineers #137. Born October 17, 1920 in Latrobe, PA, he was the son of the late John and Hattie McDowell Brant. Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great-great grandfather was Chief Joseph Brant, a Mohawk Loyalist and Freemason also known as Whitefeather. Survivors include his daughter, Brenda C. Thomas and husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; son, David W. Brant Jr. and wife, Michelle, of Staatsburg; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, John L. Brant of


Jarrod F. Harrington, 23, of Staatsburg, NY and Spencer, NY perished in Elk Grove, CA on February 1, 2011 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in Spencer on June 24, 1987, he was the beloved son of Glen T. Harrington of Staatsburg and Keli Creedon of Spencer. Jarrod graduated from Spencer High School with honors in 2005. With an infectious smile, a playful sense of humor, and adventurous personality, he lived his life to the fullest. That zest for life forever had him in search for mastering a video or card game, Texas Holdâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em being his favorite. Jarrod loved music, especially live concerts and was an avid fan of the NY Jets. Jarrod leaves behind a large extended family to mourn this tragic loss. In addition to his parents, survivors include his halfbrothers, Shane, Luke and Conor; his grandparents, Harold and Pat Harrington of Charlotte, NC, Barbara Harrington of Staatsburg, and Granny Creedon of Dayton, OH; aunts and uncles, Harry Harrington and his wife, Shirley, of Staatsburg, Kim Cutler and her husband, Efram, of Canton, GA, Bob Creedon and his wife, Judy, of Poughkeepsie, NY, Mike Creedon of Elk Grove, Edward Creedon of Spencer, and Ann Vass of San Jacinto, CA; cousins, Jennifer Brown and her husband, Mike, of Staatsburg, Harry Harrington IV and his partner, Tiphanie, of Stanfordville, NY, Jayson Harrington and his wife, Minh, of Fishkill, NY, and Shannon Harrington and her partner, Ian, of Staatsburg; as well as numerous great aunts, uncles and second cousins. He was predeceased by his great grandmother, Ethel V. Holder; grandfathers, Robert Creedon and Gary Wagstaff; and grandmother, Louise Wagstaff. In keeping with Jarrods wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial calling hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park, NY. In lieu of donations to a charity or flowers, the family requests that in Jarrodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory you spend quality time with family & friends. We suggest you do something special by taking a hike or playing a card game; and toast the wonderful memories you hold of Jarrod in your hearts. To send an online condolences or for directions, visit


Pat Curnan, 80, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, February 5, 2011, at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck. Pat was a diesel mechanic with H.O. Penn Machinery in Poughkeepsie for thirty years until his retirement. Previously, he was a former caretaker at Eleanor Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ValKill Estate in Hyde Park for many years. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt, especially deer and turkey, and go fishing. He was a member of the Staatsburg Rod & Gun Club, and a Lifetime Member of the North American Hunting Club. Pat always enjoyed a fine glass of Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey, and was a member of the Tennessee Squire Assoc. He was an avid reader, and a fan of NASCAR racing. He also liked to garden, and was known for his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;green thumbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Born in Hyde Park on September 5, 1930, he was the son of the late Archibald and Hazel Hoffman Curnan. He is survived by his three daughters, Patricia Harden and husband, Steven, of Wichita, KS, Tami Stiver and husband, Chuck, of Homerville, OH, and Cindy Curnan of Kauai, HI; grandchildren, Danielle, Jessica, Erin, Thomas, Caleb, and Anna-marie; great grandchildren, Marquise and Raelin; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend and companion of thirty years, Shirley Robertson, of Staatsburg. He had a special place in his heart for his niece, Millie Curnan Flanagan; and a special bond with his caregiver, Kim Rogers.

He was predeceased by his five brothers, John, Tubby, Charlie, Al, and Eddie Curnan; and sister, Helen Upright. A period of memorial visitation and a time to celebrate Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 9 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Thompson House Residential and Rehabilitation Center, 6525 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12538. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


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Latrobe, PA; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his long-time companion, Gertrude Tarkos on March 12, 2010. He was also predeceased by three brothers, William Akins, Roy Stewart, and Charles Kenneth Brant; and two sisters, Dorothy Brant and Pauline. Calling hours were from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. In keeping with Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes, cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. To send a condolence or for directions, visit

e-mail your legal notice to: Notice of formation: The Green Queens Natural Beauty Products, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with SSNY 11/10/10. Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as the agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: PO Box 224 , Clinton Corners, NY 12514. No specific dissolution date. Purpose: Natural beauty products. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC)Name: ROOSEVELT ROAD HOLDINGS, LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on December 22, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County Principal Business Location: 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. MTG Home Innovation L.L.C. Art. of Org filed with New York Dept. of State on 1/6/2011. Office Location in Dutchess Cnty. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and mail copy of process to 42 Forest Meadow Dr., Salt Point, New York 12578 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: BRIDGE VIEW PROPERTIES, LLC.Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on January 13, 2011 Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

FERRARI AND SONS C O N S T R U C T I O N MANAGEMENT, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 1/11/11; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 220 Overocker Rd, Poughkeepsie NY 12603; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: BRIDGE VIEW CAPITAL HOLDINGS, LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on December 23, 2010..Office Location: Dutchess County.Principal Business Location: 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities.Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

Hudson valley news | | february 9, 2011 {27}

Richard Kleban of D’Arcangelo Financial Advisors and his wife, Robin, were among the guests at the Le Cirque Des Affaires gala.

Chamber gala attracts 400 BY HV NEWS STAFF On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala attracted nearly 400 attendees to The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The theme of his year’s gala was “Le Cirque Des Affaires.” The evening included a cocktail reception, entertainment, dinner and an awards ceremony. Guests also had the opportunity to try their luck in a number of casino and carnival games. Funds raised from the gala will support the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Joe Daily of 92.1 LiteFM and his wife, Charlotte; Debbie and Deke Rothaker of Marshall & Sterling Insurance in Poughkeepsie attend the Feb. 5 gala; Wayne and Brigid Nussbickel of N & S Supply attend the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala. Photos submitted.

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