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Stalker stabs St. Francis employee


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Flowers are placed off Route 9G, entrance to the Greentree Drive North neighborhood. Photo by Caroline Carey; Katie Filiberti. Photo submitted.



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Police comb the Greentree North neighborhood looking for clues on Sunday. Photo by Jim Langan.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The discovery of a young woman’s body near Greentree Drive North in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon has sparked a flurry of police activity in the normally tranquil neighborhood. The woman has since been identified as 18-year-old Katie Filiberti of Hyde Park. Police say they are treating the incident as a homicide. Filiberti’s body was reportedly discovered in or near a stream next to a small park on Greentree Drive North early Saturday afternoon, and neighbors report the road was subsequently closed by police for more than five hours as authorities investigated the scene. It is believed Filiberti was murdered late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Her body was said to have been discovered Saturday morning by a local teenager. Since then, Hyde Park has been ablaze with rumors and Internet chatter about the murder and speculation about possible suspects.

A Hudson Valley News reporter attending a number of community events Sunday was besieged by local residents exchanging rumors and information. A number of the people at these events knew the victim and referenced her athletic ability and popularity. The tragedy dominated the events. The Hyde Park Police Department is leading the investigation, though authorities from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office have been working on the case as well. An autopsy was performed Sunday morning. All weekend and early this week, police could be seen meticulously combing the neighborhood and Route 9G, presumably looking for evidence. Police and forestry rangers have been seen intensively searching the entrance to the neighborhood, the Moose Lodge, Hyde Park Memorials and other nearby areas.

Neighbors have said officers asked them for permission to search their yards and garbage cans. Police seemed to step up efforts Sunday afternoon, before Monday’s snow and rainfall, though authorities were seen searching the neighborhood Monday and Tuesday as well. One neighbor told Hudson Valley News police are searching for a specific piece of critical evidence. On Monday afternoon, Hyde Park Chief of Police Charles Broe released a statement asking for the public’s help. “We are looking to speak with anyone who may have been on Route 9G, between Green Bush Drive (south of West Dorsey Lane) and Greentree Drive, between late Friday evening and the early morning hours on Saturday,” Broe wrote. “Anyone who was in that area, during those times, and may have seen anything suspicious is strongly encouraged to contact the authorities.”






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Broe said anyone with information should contact the Town of Hyde Park Police Department at 845-229-9340; the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office at 845-486-3800; or the Hyde Park Police Department Tip Line at 845-229-7788. Broe said all calls will be kept strictly confidential. According to a local parent, Filiberti was seen at a house party on Cedar Lane in the southeast part of Hyde Park on Friday evening, and other young adults who attended the party have subsequently been questioned by authorities. Friday was an unusually warm evening and it is unclear how Filiberti got to the park. Residents of Greentree Drive North said the small park near where Filiberti’s body was discovered is often frequented by local high school students. A Hudson Valley News reporter walked around the park and saw a number of broken bottles and empty cases of beer. Filiberti was a 2010 graduate of FDR High School, where she was an accomplished member of the gymnastics squad. At the time of her death, she was a freshman at Dutchess Community College. Stephanie Valenzuela, a freshman at Dutchess Community College said Filiberti will be missed. “She was loved by her classmates,” she said. “She had a smile girls would (love to have). No one wanted this.” Barbara Marrine, the principal of FDR High School, said while she did not know Filiberti personally, she knew Filiberti was a popular girl who never got into trouble. “Our records show she was a good student, she had many friends, she was an athlete, she was very outgoing,” she said. Marrine said the school has five guidance counselors and two psychologists on staff, who have all made themselves available to students during open sessions in the school library. She said some students have asked to speak with the counselors. When asked what the mood at the school was like, Marrine responded, “I think shock is a good word. People are shocked at the loss of a student, and we don’t know exactly what happened yet.” Marrine said, though, most of the students who knew Filiberti well graduated last year. “The students who are most affected by this, I think, are freshmen in college now, because that was Katie’s class,” she said. In the days following Filiberti’s death, a number of impromptu memorials have sprung up around the area. Near the park where her body was reportedly found, a sign reading “peace” and pink flowers were hung on a road sign, and flowers have been hung on a nearby bridge. As of press time, police have not said whether they have identified any suspects.

WOMAN STABBED BY COWORKER AT ST. FRANCIS BY JIM LANGAN A 59-year-old Poughkeepsie resident is being held at Dutchess County Jail on charges of second-degree assault and firstdegree menacing. Irineo Jimeniz allegedly stabbed a coworker at St. Francis Hospital and then fled the scene on foot. Town of Poughkeepsie Police found Jimeniz near Route 9 and Washington Street. After threatening police, he was tackled and disarmed by responding officers. At one point, a stun gun was deployed unsuccessfully by officers. In an exclusive interview with Hudson Valley News, the victim, who asked not to be identified, said she had worked with Jimeniz for a number of years in the hospital cafeteria. Recently, their friendship devolved into what she called “a stalker kind of thing.” The day before the stabbing, the victim said Jimeniz left more than 30 phone messages at her home and showed up at her door as well. Jimeniz then appeared Thursday morning in the hospital cafeteria. The victim says she became alarmed and called security, which prompted Jimeniz to flee. The victim said she then proceeded to finish her shift, albeit warily. Upon completing her shift, she went into a locker room to change her clothes and when she came out, Jimeniz was there armed with a knife. “I began screaming at the top of my lungs as he attacked me,” she said. “I was

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stabbed in the jaw, throat and arms as I tried protecting myself.” At the time of the interview, bandages were obvious on her lower jaw and arms. “If I hadn’t made so much noise, I don’t know what would have happened,” she continued. At that point, the assailant ran off and was soon pursued by police. When asked if she thought St. Francis might have done a better job protecting her Thursday, the victim said, “St. Francis has always been a good employer and I have no intention to sue anyone. In fact, the hospital has already told me they will provide full and free cosmetic surgery if I need it.” At the time of the interview, it was slightly more than 24 hours after the incident, and the victim was busy waiting tables at her second job. It appears there’s no crying in the food industry.

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Poughkeepsie Dems to honor dedicated resident BY HV NEWS STAFF

The Town of Poughkeepsie Democratic Party will honor one of its own at a luncheon next month. Robert Gephard, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, is set to receive the Anna Buchholz Citizen of the Year Award at the party’s annual luncheon next month. The award is named after its first Robert Gephard. recipient, former Photo submitted. Poughkeepsie Supervisor Anna Buchholz. Gephard is being recognized for “his years of exceptional service to the community and the Democratic Party,” according to the Poughkeepsie Democrats. Gephard serves as commissioner of the Fairview Fire District, president of the Ulster County Agricultural Society, and board member of Greystone, Inc. He is former chairman of the Town of Poughkeepsie Democratic Committee and has served as an advisor during a number of campaigns. In addition, he has been active in Cub Scouts and Little League. Gephard is a retired IBM design engineer and was a technology instructor at Dutchess Community College. The Town of Poughkeepsie Democratic Party luncheon is slated for April 3 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. They keynote speaker will be Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston). The public is invited to attend the luncheon. For reservations or more information, contact Ann Pinna at 845-4623140. Reservations must be made this week.

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Rhinebeck park continues to take shape BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Rhinebeck’s Thompson-Mazzarella Park offers a number of recreational opportunities, such as athletic fields, the town pool, hiking trails and a community garden. Now, local officials are trying to determine what new amenities can be included in the limited remaining space. One of the setbacks town officials have faced is a number of pre-tribal relics – such as arrowheads and pottery – buried throughout sections of the park. While the park was still being planned, an archeologist discovered the artifacts, which are at least 5,000 years old. Councilman Bruce Washburn, liaison to the Thompson-Mazzarella Park and recreation committees, said these relics have further limited the space available for recreation. Legally, the town could build over the area where the artifacts were discovered, but it could put the park at risk for losing grant opportunities, he said. “We can do whatever we want with it, but then we could be in violation of state codes,” Washburn said.


One of the more controversial proposals has been a fenced-in dog park or dog run, where residents could let their dogs play off leash. Currently, dogs are permitted in the park, but must remain leashed. Washburn said whenever the town has hosted visioning sessions, there has been disagreement over whether a dog park would be a good use of the limited space. “A lot of people wanted a dog park; a lot of people didn’t want one,” he said. “What I’m trying to do now is try it out to see if it works.” At a town board meeting last week, Washburn said a dog park was included in the original plans, but the discovery of the pre-tribal artifacts changed the plans. “The space is quite tight because of the

Councilman Bruce Washburn (right) and a team of volunteers get started on plans for a new soccer field at Thompson-Mazzarella Park on Saturday morning. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

relics, so the dog run has been planned out of the park,” he said. Washburn has proposed building a temporary dog run next to the community garden that could be taken down or moved to another location if it doesn’t work out. “The good thing about doing a temporary one is we can see if it works,” Washburn said last week. He said in order for a dog park to be successful, rules would have to be enforced by volunteer stewards and people would have to clean up after their animals. At last week’s meeting, Councilwoman Gina Fox said it has been her observation that most dog owners in Rhinebeck do pick up after their animals. “I think dog owners here are responsible for the most part,” she said. Washburn also said a temporary dog run would likely be inexpensive if volunteers are willing to help build it. “You could get a half acre fairly cheaply,” he said.

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Washburn said another idea he wants to explore is creating an enclosed community center, which a number of residents said they wanted to be included at the park. In 2009, Washburn and a group of volunteers and town employees built a 3,200-square-foot community pavilion near the town pool. Now, he says the pavilion could be enclosed with “flex walls” and a bathroom and kitchen could be added. He says this would be a cost-effective way to provide a community center. “It seems like a cheaper way to go than building a whole new building up front,” he said.


The park will also feature new mowed trails this year. The inner trail loops will all be mowed, while the outer loops, which go through the woods, will be more rugged. The park features 4 to 6 miles of trails in total. There is also a new chairperson of the community garden following the resignation of former Chairman Raphael Notin, who moved out of the country last year. “The new crew has picked up without missing a beat,” Washburn said. Also, improvements have been made and are planned at the swimming pool; fundraising for amenities such as a skate park are continuing; and new athletic fields are in development.

BY JIM LANGAN • The French were true to form last week, ordering Radio France to withdraw its correspondents from Japan in the face of adversity and danger. They don’t call them “surrender monkeys” for nothing. Although, it tells you a little something about our president that France is the nation leading the coalition going into Libya. • In Tel Aviv, a snake died from silicone poisoning after it bit an Israeli model and ruptured a surgically enhanced breast. The model survived. • One of the essay questions on this year’s SAT exams concerned the social impact of reality TV shows. A number of students objected, citing the fact they never watch such drivel. We bet they’re the ones with the best scores. • File this under “condescending white man crafts legislation.” The Food and Drug Administration wants to ban menthol cigarettes, nothing else. Given most menthols are smoked by blacks, does that mean the FDA thinks they’re incapable of quitting or require more government guidance? Seems more than a little patronizing to me. • There was a security scare last week in the Republic of Karelia airport. Someone reported a suspicious package. After sealing off the terminal, authorities discovered the buzzing in the bag was actually a vibrator that had been turned on accidentally. We’re not sure who or what turned it on. • How lame was it that our president taped his NCAA basketball picks from the White House Map Room, where FDR plotted the course of WW II. Doesn’t this guy have anything better to do? Oh yeah, he and the family took Air Force One to Rio for the weekend. Presumably, Air Force One has the communications equipment to dial up the basketball games for Obama. • If all this bad news is getting to you, how about getting knee-walking drunk on a cruise ship? Royal Caribbean just announced a new drink package, which allows passengers unlimited alcohol for $49 a day. You might not want to mention this to Charlie Sheen. • The fruits and nuts in California are at it again. A military supply company in Maine says it has gotten hundreds of orders for gas masks and fullbody chemical suits from California customers. The company’s owner said many of those customers also ordered

protective gear in advance of the Y2K non-event. • Danny Bianchino, a 90-year-old youngster, has become something of a rock star in Las Vegas. Danny loves to dance and regularly hits the floor at the Why Not Lounge with a gaggle of adoring female admirers. The 4-foot11 Bianchino favors Lady Gaga and techno-pop and regularly closes the club at 4 a.m. • Students at the University of Chicago have set up a casual hook-up website for students interested in a one-night stand. The site’s motto is “Chastity is curable if treated early.” • Please tell me you’ve seen that You Tube video of the dog in Japan that wouldn’t leave his injured buddy in the wake of the tsunami. Just You Tube “Japanese dogs” and enjoy. It has a happy ending. • Warren Christopher, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State and former aide to Jimmy Carter, died in California at 85. Christopher unsuccessfully tried getting the Iranian hostages released and was Al Gore’s unsuccessful emissary during the Florida recount in 2000. One Republican wag said, “Warren Christopher was Dean Rusk without the charisma.” Ouch. • Has anyone else noticed there has been no looting or whining in Japan in the wake of the terrible tragedy? That’s in stark contrast to the way Americans behaved in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and other acts of God. • Maybe Charlie Sheen is winning. He just sold out two “shows” at Radio City Music Hall in about five minutes. He stands to make about $7 million from these and other gigs in April alone. Now you know who all those people are who slow down to rubberneck at accident sites. • We hear Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be playing the Civic Center soon. We saw them at UPAC a few years ago and were about the only people there without a walker. That said, Frankie was great, even though the Four Seasons are actually three very talented gay men in their 20s from Vegas. • Some sad news from Germany. Remember Knut, the adorable bear cub abandoned by his mother in 2006? He was found dead in his enclosure in the Berlin Zoo Saturday of unknown causes.

NEW MAYORS ELECTED IN RED HOOK, TIVOLI Rhinebeck villagers return three incumbents BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The results of last week’s village elections were not very exciting, as all local races were uncontested, though some local villages will now be led by new officials. Beginning next month, new mayors will take office in Red Hook and Tivoli, and a newcomer will serve as a Tivoli village trustee. Elections were held in local villages on Tuesday, March 15.


Bryan Cranna, who has served as village trustee for the past seven years, will serve as the village’s new mayor. Cranna received 144 votes and will take the position being vacated by current Mayor Tom Cordier, who decided not to seek re-election. Susan Ezrati, the deputy mayor, was reelected to her village trustee post with 124 votes, and newcomer Robin Bruno was elected village trustee with 134 votes. Cranna, Ezrati and Bruno ran under the Tivoli First Party line and will serve twoyear terms. They will assume their posts April 1.


Ed Blundell, a longtime village trustee, was elected mayor of the village. He will assume the seat being vacated by current Mayor David Cohen. Blundell, who ran under the Vibrant Village Party line, received 143 votes. Two incumbent trustees, Jay Trapp and Brent Kovalchik, were re-elected to their posts with 136 and 139 respective votes. Trapp ran on the Citizens Party line; Kovalchik is an independent. Village Justice Johan Triebwasser was

Tivoli Mayor-elect Bryan Cranna exits the voting booth at Tivoli’s Watts dePeyster Hall after casting his vote on Tuesday, March 15. He is pictured with his sons, Shane and Kieran. Photo submitted.

also re-elected. He received 150 votes. Officials in Red Hook will begin their four-year terms April 4.


Mayor Jim Reardon was re-elected to his second two-year term as mayor with 73 votes. Current Deputy Mayor Wayne Rifenburgh and Village Trustee Howie Traudt were also re-elected to their two-year village board posts. Both men received 81 votes. Reardon, Rifenburgh and Traudt ran under the Rhinebeck First Party line. Their terms begin April 4.

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Thank you to the voters of the Village of Red Hook for affording me the high honor and great privilege of being their village justice for another four years. Their overwhelming vote of confidence at the polls is something that I will always cherish. Judge Jonah Triebwasser Red Hook


Japan’s nuclear disaster is far worse than Three Mile Island, and hopefully not another Chernobyl. Nuclear advocates claim it couldn’t happen here, despite our earthquake zones and many plants of similar design and age. But safety guarantees are belied by continued storage of spent fuel rods in locations long deemed unsafe by regulators. The really sad thing is the nuclear industry was never necessary. Alternatives, including efficiency and renewables, were always cheaper and faster to implement, besides safer. Amory Lovins, using the industry’s own data, proved in 1976 that just the construction costs made nuclear plants uncompetitive. Plants were only built because of large government subsidies and laws limiting redress for damages. Today, plants are mostly being built in countries where strong central governments overrule citizen and investor reluctance. Construction at all operating U.S. nuclear plants dates from 1974 or earlier, demonstrating the drying up of the nuclear industry, despite massive subsidies. Governments that push nuclear power may be tempted to downplay or hide problems. Some believe that was the case at Three Mile Island, where none of the thousands of damage suits were allowed to come to trial. Nuclear advocates are trying to rebrand nuclear as a global-warming solution needed for base load generation. Amory Lovins demolishes those and other ideas in a debate on nuclear power at A safer, more cost-effective energy future, nuclear-free, is both possible and practical, demonstrated by efficiency and renewables growth far outpacing nuclear. Frank Stoppenbach Red Hook THE THUG-O-METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.




Thugs have sent out yet another lame postcard, this time attacking Republican Chair Jean McArthur and her husband, former Supervisor Yancy McArthur. Remember, none of the thugs would have been elected dog catcher without the McArthurs. Not sure what they think they’re accomplishing other than political suicide and giving everyone in town a good laugh. Ludicrous mailings are no substitute for achievement or accomplishment. {6} march 23, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

The problem, of course, is that assurances are always given. British Petroleum offered assurances that its offshore drilling was safe. Exxon offered OPINION assurances that its tankers would never up near the pristine wildlife refuges PROGRESSIVE crack of Alaska. Undoubtedly, the Tokyo PERSPECTIVE Electric Power Company also offered assurances that its nuclear power plant in BY JONATHAN SMITH Fukushima, Japan was safe. Of course, no one could have predicted a level-nine earthquake would hit the region, followed by devastating tsunamis – but these disasters have brought the plant to nearI hate to be one of those “jump-on-the- meltdown status. It is always the unforeseen contingencies bandwagon” types of editorialists, but as Japan braces for nuclear disaster, it is hard that lead to these vast disasters and it is always human not to remember that avarice that allows the we have a rapidly aging conditions that could nuclear power plant in It is always cause these disasters our own backyard and to exist. Why allow an the unforeseen disaster at that plant nuclear power would affect more than contingencies that aging plant to continue 15 million Americans. operating long after its The Indian Point lead to these vast shelf life has expired nuclear power plant disasters and it near one of the most is in Buchanan, New densely populated York, a short 35-minute is always human cities in the world? drive from New York avarice that allows Because someone City. As one of the makes a lot of money oldest plants operated the conditions that off that facility. in the United States, could cause these For those who it has been the subject believe in the safety of much concern and disasters to exist. of the facility because controversy over the of the assurances of past few years. In 2013, the government – the plant’s contracts for operation will expire, but the plant’s owner, Entergy Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y. Nuclear Northeast, has submitted for a 19) is a staunch supporter of Indian 20-year extension contract to continue Point – I offer the example of the nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island in 1979. operating the facility. Entergy Nuclear Northeast has made Thousands of people in the surrounding numerous assurances to the Nuclear neighborhoods suffered from both rare Regulatory Agency, the government and common cancers in the aftermath of entity dedicated to oversight of the the worst nuclear disaster in American nuclear industry, that a nuclear meltdown history, but the official response of the or similar disaster would be next to United States, which continues to this impossible at Indian Point, and that in day, is that “nobody outside Three Mile the unlikely case of a real disaster at the Island was killed or injured as a result of plant, the company has a well-devised the accident, because very little radiation evacuation plan for nearby residents who escaped into the surrounding community, might be affected. The plan, however, and therefore no injuries or deaths could only calls for an evacuation of residents have resulted from the accident.” Will they say the same about a disaster within a 10-mile radius of the plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency has recently at Indian Point, which could affect said it would order a 50-mile evacuation millions? in the event of a problem at Indian Point Jonathan Smith can be reached at – Dutchess and Ulster counties and all of New York City are within that radius. Such an evacuation would be impossible.



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community and income level. There are two ways to address this scourge. One is what used to be called peer pressure. For too long, society has OPINION treated domestic violence as a “family USUALLY matter.” Really? Would it be a “family matter” if somebody came to your sister RIGHT or daughter’s house and slapped them around every night? Then why is it OK BY JIM LANGAN if the aggressor is your brother, son, father or brother-in-law? We also need LAW NEEDS TO HIT to convince friends and family members take signs or expressions of abuse BACK ON DOMESTIC to seriously. One of the reasons women are VIOLENCE reluctant to step forward is concern they Let me ask you a question. How much won’t be taken seriously and will only more violence against women are you provoke their abuser. willing to tolerate before you demand The efforts to educate the public our legislators and about the dangers of judges get tough with drunk driving would the cowardly men Killing women as make a good template who commit these for a campaign on crimes? In the last the price of a failed domestic violence. It year alone, locally, has to become socially relationship is we have seen Linda unacceptable to abuse Ricardulli terrorized occurring in every any woman for any and killed by her reason. An abuser community and abusive husband. Then should be afforded the there was career punk same treatment you’d income level. Robert Loucks, who reserve for a child killed his pregnant molester in your living girlfriend. A month ago, we witnessed the room. Kids should learn from an early fatal shooting of Poughkeepsie Det. John age getting a buzz on and slapping the Falcone as he went to the aid of a little girl girlfriend around is very uncool. who had just witnessed her mother being In addition, it is imperative that our shot dead by her father. legislators and judges put some real teeth in Last week, a cafeteria employee in the law. Again, think drunk driving. What Poughkeepsie stabbed a female co-worker used to be a slap on the wrist or a wink and in the face after stalking and harassing her. a nod can now be some real jail time. That’s These high-profile cases don’t reflect the the only thing criminals truly understand countless other domestic violence incidents and assaulting a woman is a criminal that either go unreported or are handled by act. While no amount of punishment will cops and the court system. deter every potential abuser, the prospect What almost all these terrible events of an extended incarceration will make have in common is the aggressors are a lot of these guys think twice. What’s men with established records of resolving important here in rethinking the laws is domestic differences with violence. Putting the absolute necessity that the first offense aside for the moment the innate cowardice puts you in the orange jump suit. No of any man who emotionally or physically counseling, no community service. If you abuses women, let’s acknowledge there inflict physical injuries, you’re gone. The are far too many men like this out there. reason this works is if you get locked up It also seems to me killing the woman for six months or a year, everyone in your who may have decided she’s had enough circle will know what you did and you’ll has become almost culturally acceptable. probably lose your job. The “if I can’t have you, nobody can” Will we ever stop all the crazies? No, mentality is often a part of these tragedies. but we need to do more. Too many women When I say culturally, I’m not restricting have already paid the price. that to any kind of macho ethnicity or race. Killing women as the price of a Jim Langan can be reached at failed relationship is occurring in every


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Thanks again for printing the latest example of Tyner-math. We, the taxpayers of Clinton and Rhinebeck, are misrepresented in the county Legislature by a person claiming to have been a math teacher. His only qualification seems to be a boundless love for typing large numbers! The latest bunch of gibberish features prominently the number $1 billion! That’s the amount of money to be saved in the next decade by Dutchess homeowners and businesses if they had the good sense to borrow money from the federal government to pay for energy-efficient upgrades to their buildings. That’s right, folks, $1 billion. That’s $100 million per year, saved while they are all paying back their loans. Guaranteed by the towns, these are “low-interest loans.” Quoted in this phantasm is something called “Sustainable Hudson Valley.” Wouldn’t the people who put this math genius in the Legislature like to see the books on that? Then there is the $27.5 million to be saved on cheaper fuel oil, if only the evil GOP would allow those lower prices. Apparently, there were only 1,800 homeowners in Cortland taking advantage of the bargain prices made available by the magnanimous oil dealers of Cortland, but in Dutchess, all 110,000 homeowners would participate (unless, of course they are strapped paying off expensive solar systems). It would seem that the evil GOP has the power to prevent such a beneficial program here in Dutchess, preventing our magnanimous oil dealers from implementing the low prices of the Cortland program. So that’s about it, according to Tyner-math, the aforementioned programs in conjunction with the old reliable Millionaires’ Tax will put the county in green heaven (greenbacks, that is). We should be able to double our budget, especially if the county income tax pries all that hoarded wealth from the fingers of the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers! All the money available to the county should make it possible to close the wasteful county jail, and send weekly checks to the freed citizens! There might be enough left over to pay people to sort household garbage and get that $15 million worth of lost raw materials working for us! Now, back to Earth … Please, let’s all get to the polls this November! It’s here at the grassroots where government starts, and the first of our hard-earned dollars are confiscated by town boards and county legislatures. If we encourage tax and spend and Tynermath locally, we can’t expect better as politicians advance to bigger jobs and more taxpayers! Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton Hudson valley news | | march 23, 2011 {7}

furniture industry and all-but-defunct OPINION textiles industry. In the town I lived in, there was also a carbon plant and GOD, a chicken processing plant. And not a among them. LIFE AND union In fact, I remember going to lunch with EVERYTHING a parishioner at a local restaurant, and somehow, Yankee that I was, I mentioned BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER unions at my father’s plant. He worked for PPG Industries in a glass factory, though he was management and had a good working relationship with union workers. The parishioner gave me a look of horror and said to never mention that word in I’ve been watching the news in public. When I asked what word, she Wisconsin with some interest lately, in mouthed, “union.” Then, visiting around the neighborhood part because I lived there for a while, and my sister lived there for several years. as one does, I stopped by the local grocery When I see the pictures, I recognize a lot store, where I got into a conversation with one of the employees. I finally invited her of the places. Another reason I follow this story – the to come to church. She snorted and said latest news of which is that a judge has she couldn’t because she had to work. I declared the law eliminating collective said we had services on more than one bargaining rights to be illegal – is because day – surely we could fit her schedule. I once lived in a different state where Her response? “I work seven days a week and haven’t unions essentially don’t exist. had a day off for two years.” Before moving to Hyde Park, I lived I suggested to her that this was illegal, in North Carolina, home of a faltering

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that she had the right to a day off. She laughed and said, “I have a right to be here when they tell me to or get fired.” A few months later, I ended up as president of the local pastors’ association and found myself involved in a dispute at the chicken processing plant. The owner – an Episcopalian – had hired dozens of workers from Guatemala. They were all here legally but worked under conditions that included sub-minimum wages, one toilet for the factory and one break – at the same time – for everybody for lunch and restroom. When the workers began complaining about conditions, they were summarily fired. There was an agreement among local business owners that no fired employee would be hired by another company. Thus, they were stuck in this country with no money to get home and no way to live while here. The local Spanish teacher at the high school started trying to organize these workers into a union and soon started getting death threats. My role in this was to get the local pastors together to talk with the factory owner to see if he might at least ease conditions. He chose not to, but what surprised me even more was the attitude of other pastors. “They’re better off here, aren’t they?” they said. Of course, they were not. Still, nothing was resolved. For all I know, they could labor on in fear of being fired, blackballed and left to depend on the kindness of those guest workers who are still employed. The point in all this? People can be, and often are, abused by their employers. Not all employers, of course. There are plenty of examples of good, conscientious and fair companies that treat their workers as partners rather than commodities. But there are also unscrupulous employers – more than we care to admit – who will only do what is good and right if forced to. This seems to have always been the way, and as we look at the issues today, it seems to still be the case. Unions came about as a means of caring for the poor laborers who suffered under extreme conditions of employment. Remember those child labor stories from social studies class? One thing you may not realize is the church was a major mover in the unions of the early years. In the 1930s, the Catholic Worker movement supported the drive for labor unions in order to bring better conditions and wages to struggling workers. The reason it did this was because the care for the poor has always been the

Christian’s obligation. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has always mandated care for the powerless. In the 1930s, the gap between workers and business owners was tremendous, immoral. I confess, I am no Dorothy Day or Peter Maurin, but I find it interesting that even as the wage gap between employers and employees grows at an astounding rate – much as in the 1930s – unions are seen as demons. They, rather than automation, outsourcing and greed, are seen as the cause of unemployment. They are seen as being greedy, headstrong and corrupt themselves. Their detractors argue that because of unions, laborers are too well off, too demanding, too full of expectations. Certainly, there are corrupt labor leaders, just as there are corrupt CEOs. But there are also good and honest leaders in both realms. The question is, are unions themselves necessary? Now, there is no room to discuss this with any length, but we might want to consider if we really want to go back to the 1930s. We might want to think if we really want a world where a day off is a long distant memory, or where breaks are limited to once a day and getting fired means forever. These are things we normally take for granted, but it is only because somebody stood up to those employers who failed, as the Prayer Book says, “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving neighbor as self,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” I know this may upset some who think of the entire issue as “political” and “liberal,” but to consider the conditions of our fellow brothers and sisters, given into our care by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is never wrong. How we treat each other is always the church’s business, whether in 1933 or 2011, whether in Wisconsin or New York or across the world. We are all God’s. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM April is National Child Abuse Awareness month; on April 5, three seniors from Marist College will present a free information session titled “Every Moment Counts: The Truth About Child Abuse,” for students and the community on the epidemic of child abuse, with speakers from the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Room at Marist. I asked Jessica Turgeon to tell me more about how she, Brenna McCarthy and Lauren Hawkins (all communications majors), developed this idea. WEEKEND: THIS IS YOUR FINAL PROJECT FOR YOUR CAPPING CLASS, AND YOU WERE TO CHOOSE A NON-PROFIT – HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE? WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THAT ORGANIZATION? JESSICA TURGEON: We were given a website,, which has a list of non-profit organizations when you search for a specific zip code. After talking about it, we already decided we wanted to do something with an organization that dealt with kids. We were on the lookout for orphanages, day cares, family centers, and we came across the Center! It seemed like a great option because we wanted to do something to help the kids.

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Wednesdays, March 23 and March 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.


Maple Pancake Breakfast March 26-27: Held in conjunction with the statewide “Maple Weekend” event, the breakfast is sponsored by Hummingbird Ranch, Hahn Farm and The NYS Maple Association. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See how maple trees are tapped and syrup is made. Breakfast: $7, adults; $3, children under 12; under 2 free. Farm animals to meet and hayrides available from 10 a.m.-noon: $3. Hahn Farm, Netherwood Rd. and Salt Point Turnpike, Salt Point. 845-266-0084.

THEATER “August Osage County” Through March 26. Directed by Christine Crawfis, features an all-star cast including William Connors, Pam Tate, Terri Brockman, MaryBeth Boylan, Bruce Pileggi, Cate Olson, Janet Nurre, Zsuzsa Manna, Douglas Woolley, Matt Meinsen, Rich Hack, Dianne Carney and Gerard Weiss. The Hudson Valley premiere of the award-winning show is presented by Unison and Mohonk Mountain Stage. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Tickets: $14, members; $18, non-members; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. “Circle Mirror Transformation” Through March 29: This hilarious and charming comedy was voted one of the top ten plays

of 2009 by “The New York Times,” “The New Yorker” and “Time Out New York.” Starring twotime Obie award winner Kathryn Grody. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $25-18. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. Buy tickets online at or call 888-718-4253 in advance. “The Drowsy Chaperone” Through March 27: The musical comedy winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Score, is a hilarious homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age. An Up In One production. Tickets: $24, adults; $22, seniors, children under 12. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts, Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876 3080.

Wednesday, March 23 LECTURE

“Inside the Mind of Watson” 5:30 p.m. IBM research scientist Chris Welty, a developer of the “Watson” computer system that recently defeated the “Jeopardy!” game show’s two most successful past champions in a three-day competition, describes what goes on inside the computer. Free. Rockefeller Hall, room 200, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO HOST A LECTURE INSTEAD OF HOLD A WALK OR SOME KIND OF OTHER EVENT? JT: We were back and forth about what kind of event we wanted to do, a fundraiser, or a lecture, or a press conference, or something fun with the kids. We finally decided that a lecture would be best because our goal isn’t necessarily to raise money for the Center, but to raise awareness about the Center and let people know what they have to offer. This is an issue that is not always talked about in the open, and this way we can have different points of view. We will have a speaker from the Center, as well as board member Michelle Taylor from Clear Channel talking about what it is like to work with the Center. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF PUTTING ON THIS LECTURE? JT: The most challenging aspect that we have faced so far was getting our event approved through the office of College Activities. We had to put in a room request for the space we wanted to use, but then had to meet with Bob Lynch, director of Student Activities to get the actual event approved. Once it was, we had to wait a few more days for the room request, and then make the fliers. While making the fliers, we struggled with coming up with a creative event name. That set us back quite some time, and then we left for Spring Break last week. I would say time was overall our biggest issue. We will be working full force as soon as we get back to school! WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL LEARN/ TAKE AWAY? JT: Our main goal is that people will have a better understanding of child abuse. We also want our audience to get an idea on how to prevent it, or how to deal with it if they are ever faced with such a situation. For this reason, we are inviting certain clubs on campus like Teachers of Tomorrow and the Social Work Association. These are students who may be faced with a child who has been abused. We hope to provide these students with some basic knowledge and ideas on the issue so they will be prepared in their careers. For more information, call 860-559-5424.

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Legendary blues singer Gregg Allman, action film star Steven Seagal and New Orleans sensation Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have been added to the lineup of the Bluestock Festival taking place at the Hunter Mountain ski resort in Hunter on Aug. 26-28. Allman joins Buddy Guy and Elvin Bishop as one of Bluestock’s headlining acts; Allman is currently touring behind his solo album, “Low Country Blues.� Allman continues to lead the Allman Brothers Band, which recently played the Beacon Theatre. Steven Seagal has also joined Bluestock’s lineup Steven Seagal. Photo courtesy as a special co-host of the Festival and performer along with his blues band, Thunderbox. Seagal has played guitar since the age of 12 and released his first album, the blues-inspired “Songs from The Crystal Cave,� in 2004. New Orleans brass band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue has been added to the list of emerging artists. The group is possibly best known for its appearance on the HBO series “Treme.� Bluestock’s inaugural lineup already includes Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro & Buddy Guy. Photo by Nicole DeLawder. The LRBR (featuring Joe Louis Walker, Deanna Bogart and Rick Estrin), Tab Benoit, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Curtis Salgado, Zac Harmon, Bob Margolin & Matt Hill, The Reba Russell Band, Shakura S’Aida, Mitch Woods & Billy Gibson, Moreland & Arbuckle, The Alexis P Suter Band, Trampled Under Foot, Bruce Katz, Albert Cummings, Ty Curtis, Port City Prophets and 2011 International Blues Challenge winner the Lionel Young Band.

Playwright shares craft BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

Award-winning playwright and actress Heather Raffo, a 2010-11 artist-in-residence at Vassar, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, returned for a six-week residency and will now deliver two public presentations. One is a lecture on March 25; the second is a preview of her new work on April 25. These presentations will follow up on Raffo’s fall residency, during which she presented “Sounds of Desire,� a concert reading of Raffo’s acclaimed one-woman show, “Nine Parts of Desire,� with composer and musician Amir ElSaffar and Arab maqam musicians Hadi el Debek, Johnny Farraj, and Gaida Hinnawi. During her residency this spring, Raffo will be working with Vassar students from a variety of disciplines to share the process she used to develop her play “Nine Parts of Desire� as well as her latest work, exploring post-2010 occupied Iraq. This new work weaves together the stories of three historic Iraqi maqam musicians with stories of contemporary Iraqis, using the structure of the classical maqam as a foundation for the play itself. LECTURE: “Performing Multiple Truths against One-Dimensional Representations: The Process and Politics of Staging a OneWoman Show about Iraq� 3 p.m. | Friday, March 25 Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium, Room 212, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie

Presentation: “New Work� 7 p.m. | Monday, April 25 Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium, Room 212, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie Raffo will present the new work that she is developing while in residence at Vassar.

Both are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information, call 845-437-5370.

E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Question of Hydrofrackingâ&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Environmental and economic aspects of the controversial hydraulic fracturing method of natural gas drilling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;hydrofrackingâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will be addressed by the head of a local geosciences consulting firm, the recently retired manager of a New York State energy program on subsurface resources, a Vassar geography professor, and the head of a clean water advocacy organization in an upcoming panel discussion. Rockefeller Hall, room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. Rachael Yamagata 7 p.m. With special guest Ed Romanoff. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Self-Healing with One Light Healing Touchâ&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. With Nancy Plumer. Fee: $10. For more information or to register, call 845-3385580. Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen.

Friday, March 25 BENEFIT

B.R.A.W.L. 8 p.m. The first Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League event of the year. Admission: Pay what you can. Money placed on â&#x20AC;&#x153;betsâ&#x20AC;? goes to RUPCO (Rural Ulster Preservation Company) Emergency Rental Assistance for low-income female-headed families. Bridgewater Grill, 50 Abeel St., Kingston. 845-340-4272.

EVENT â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trivia Nightâ&#x20AC;? 6-9 p.m. The event is a combination of national and local history, with perhaps even a bit of New Paltz history added in for this event. Individuals play in teams and all skill levels are welcome. The night also includes drinks, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and prizes. Presented by The Ulster County Historical Society and Historic Huguenot Street. $10 per person. Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1660.

FILM â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stingâ&#x20AC;? (1973) 7:30 p.m. Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in the caper classic. Arrive at 7 p.m. for a concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All seats are just $5. The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. > continued on next page

THECENTERFOR PERFORMINGARTS 845-876-3080 ATRHINEBECK For box office & information:

Thursday, March 24 BENEFIT

5th Annual Wind Chill Dinner 6-9 p.m. This special event includes a dinner, silent auction, live jazz and special guest speakers. Benefits DCCH, Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless, a program of Hudson River Housing, Inc. Cost: $100. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. For more information, call Linda Malave at 845-454-5176. Pampered Fundraiser 6 p.m. A Pampered Chef party is hosted at Country Curtains with all proceeds benefiting the agency. Attendees can experience a live cooking demonstration and sample desserts provided. Country Curtains, 1083 Rte. 9, Fishkill. 845-298-0800.

LECTURE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celtic Culture and Mythologyâ&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Presented by author, historian, and lecturer Steve Blamires. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

NIGHTLIFE Miss Angieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Karaoke 9 p.m. No cover charge. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.


Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26 at 8 pm Sunday, March 27 at 3 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children This 2006 winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Score, is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, complete with song, dance and colorfully comedic characters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retro yet original, genuinely funny.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Variety. Produced by Diana di Grandi and directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault for UP IN ONE PRODUCTIONS.

A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream "QSJMt'SJEBZT4BUVSEBZTBUQN Sundays at 3 pm (No performance Sun., Apr. 3) Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children William Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script in an upbeat 1920s version set in an elegant Athenian nightclub, showcasing the rich and famous, a comic wait staff, and the denizens of the Athenian underworld. Featuring Felix Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midsummerâ&#x20AC;? score played live on The CENTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steinway. A CENTERstage production adapted, produced and directed by Lou Trapani. Part of the Fifth Annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival.

SATURDAYMORNINGFAMILYSERIES Tickets: $9 for adults; $7 for children in advance or at the door

Puss In Boots Sat., Mar. 26 at 11 am Juggling With a Magical Twist Sat., Apr. 2 at 11 am The CENTER is located at 661 Rte. 308,

3.5 miles east of the light in the Village of Rhinebeck Bird Club Field Trip 7 p.m. The Waterman Bird Club will go on See you a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woodcock Watchâ&#x20AC;? near Allen Rd. For at The reservations and directions, contact Barbara at CENTER! 845-297-6701. Rain date: March 25. Hudson valley news | | march 23, 2011 {11}


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NIGHTLIFE Bearsville Sessions Featuring “N’awlins Sound” 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, advance; $15, day of. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Chris O’Leary Band 8:30 p.m. New Orleans, rockabilly and big, highenergy sound. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300. Dierks Bentley 7 p.m. The Grammy nominee and charttopping country music star headlines the 2011 Jägermeister Country Tour, and features special guest Columbia Nashville road warrior Josh Thompson and brand new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown. Tickets: $40-31. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800, ext. 201. “Icy Moons of Jupiter” 8:30 p.m. -11 p.m. Featuring Chris Chauvin. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845876-0590. Nailed Shutt 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277. Piano night with Frankie Kenne 8:30-11:30 p.m. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Swing Dance and Workshop 6:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing workshop with Michael Lenneville, 6:30-8 p.m.; Admission, $15. Beginners’ lesson, 8-8:30 p.m., free with dance admission. Dance to The Love Dogs, 8:3011:30 p.m. Admission: $8, general; $6, student. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-2571 or 845-591-4068.

Saturday, March 26



Gallery Talks: Doryun Chong on On Kawara 2 p.m. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia’s collection, Gallery Talks are onehour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in the museum’s galleries. Free with museum admission. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100. “Recent Works by Jim Stevenson” Noon-1 p.m. Opening reception. Free. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Montgomery Row Second Level, 6423 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0543.

BENEFIT Pink Ribbon Craft Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The fundraiser event will feature vendor tables, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and a “Pink Ribbon” quilt raffle. Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2600 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-471-4265.

COMEDY Jeff Foxworthy 5 and 8 p.m. The comedian is widely known for his redneck jokes and as the host of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.” Tickets: $68$38. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800.

EVENT “The General’s Lady” 1 p.m. Nina Pierro delivers a presentation titled, “From Petticoats to Breeches: Unveiling 18th Century Clothing.” To help illustrate the topic, Nina will utilize reproductions of 18th century attire. The annual “Martha Washington Woman of History Award,” will also be presented to Dutchess County resident, Mara Farrell. Light refreshments. Free; donations are accepted. Washington’s Headquarters, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195. > continued on next page

Pictured left to right: Gaye Mallet, Adams Fairacre Farms; Dr. Greer F. Fischer, superintendent of schools, Hyde Park Central School District; and Geraldine Triebel, president, Skyllkill Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America. Photo submitted.

Join the Dutchess County Arts Council as we launch the 2011 Dutchess Arts Fund Campaign at a kick-off cocktail party on Wednesday, March 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bull and Buddha in Poughkeepsie. At the event, County Executive William Steinhaus and members of the Legislature representing the county, along with other major donors to date, will be recognized for their strong leadership. At this relaxed reception, attendees will enjoy the ambience, food and wine of Bull and Buddha and they will have the opportunity to actively engage in the arts at a “musical petting zoo.” This year, the Arts Fund will provide $59,500 in unrestricted operating grants to 10 of Dutchess County’s established nonprofit cultural organizations: The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Barrett Art Center, Children’s Media Project, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, MidHudson Children’s Museum, Mill Street Loft, Pawling Concert Series, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck and Upstate Films. The Arts Fund will also help the Arts Council provide an additional $100,000 in community-based project grants, as well as Arts in Education grants, which serve thousands of students each year. Additionally, the Arts Fund will help the Arts Council serve the entire cultural sector through professional development, promotion and advocacy. Three sisters are co-chairing this year’s campaign: Dr. Greer F. Fischer, superintendent of schools, Hyde Park Central School District; Gaye Mallet, director of human resources, Adams Fairacre Farms; and Geraldine Triebel, president, Skyllkill Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America. “Our community deserves a stronger Arts Fund, because the arts provide so much to our creative and culturally-rich community,” they said. “We are three very different sisters, but speak with one voice when it comes to our passion for the arts in Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Valley and the role that Dutchess County Arts Council plays in creating a nurturing, vital community with thriving schools, innovative businesses, and engaged individuals.” The three co-chairs will recognize Dutchess County for its ongoing support, as well as the early corporate donors to the 2011 Arts Fund, which include Rhinebeck > continued on next page

“RENDEZVOUS WITH TREASON” 2 P.M. | SUNDAY, APRIL 3 BEEKMAN ARMS, RTE. 9, RHINEBECK FOR INFORMATION ON TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS, CALL 845-876-6326. Revolutionary War re-enactors Gary Petigine (as Benedict Arnold) and Sean Grady (as Maj. John Andre) bring the Arnold/ Andre conspiracy to life in an entertaining, interactive and dramatic program, Sponsored by the Chancellor Livingston Chapter DAR, the Museum of Rhinebeck History and the Rhinebeck Historical Society. Reservations required by March 30. {12} march 23, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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Savings Bank, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Riverside Bank, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, McCabe & Mack LLP, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, N&S Supply, New Horizons Asset Management, R&C Cleaning, Ulster Savings Bank, IES, Key Bank, Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Magazine, Schwartz & Patten, DDS, PC and others. In addition to encouraging financial support, this year’s kick-off event will engage the community directly in the arts. Attendees of all ages will be given a unique and playful opportunity to make music. There will be a “Musical Petting Zoo,” where folks can try out musical instruments with guidance from professional musicians, including Stephen Clair with electric guitars, Kofi Donkor with West African drums and others. It’s time to roll up our sleeves: Not only is it time for us to support the arts through the Arts Fund – this great community-wide fundraising effort – but it’s time to actively engage in the arts. The arts add so much to our lives and to our community, and no doubt creativity is going to be the source of so many solutions we are seeking, but at the end the day, we have to meet the arts halfway. We all need to fire up the right side of the brain, the seat of our creativity and imagination. For more information about the kick-off event or the 2011 Arts Fund, contact the Dutchess County Arts Council at 845-454-3222 or via email at






The 2011Kingston Biennial art exhibition, “Insight/ Onsite,” aims to create a concentrated installation of artworks along the Lower Broadway median and Rondout Waterfront Walkway with the intention of creating dialogue between artists and community. The theme is seeking visions of the future, reflections of the past, and the realities of the present as they relate to this specific site. The deadline for submissions is May 3. Contact curator B. Robert Johnson by e-mail at johnsonr@ or call 845-687-5097. Go to www. to download the application form.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson will hold the first annual Cupcake-a-Palooza, a cupcake bakeoff event for local professional and amateur bakers, on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in Newburgh. The event is free for participants. The judging categories for participants include: “Best Overall Professional,” “Most Artistic,” “Child Baker” (Age 18 and Under) and “Best Amateur.” To reserve a participant spot or for more information, contact June Henley at 845-5626940 ext. 110 or

Doctors Without Borders is looking for artists to donate work for a silent auction to raise money and awareness for a silent auction, “Music and Art Without Borders,” at the Bull and Buddha Restaurant in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, April 2. Contact Dana O’Neill at 917-656-7309 or e-mail to

LITERARY Flamingo Publications in Millbrook is accepting submissions for “edna: a literary journal.” Fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, art and photography are welcome. The deadline is May 15. Go to for submission guidelines or contact Karen Ann Chaffee at

THEATER Auditions for “Godspell” will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m., Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs studio at the Center for Performing Arts (Rte. 308, Rhinebeck). Male and female actors/singers over 18 years old are needed; all parts are open. Prepare to sing a song from the show. Readings will be from the script. “Godspell” will be produced by Up in One Production, directed and choreographed by Laurie Sepe Marder and performed July 22 through Aug. 7. For more information, call 845876-5348. Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at . Visit www.trinityplayersny. org for more information about Trinity Players.

VISUAL ART 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 845454-4500, ext. 217 or


FAMILY “Bubble Trouble with Jeff Boyer” 11 a.m. Find out different ways bubbles can be used to make our lives easier, softer and even taste better. Free. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

NIGHTLIFE 27th Annual Woodstock Tribute to Bob Marley 7 p.m. Featuring Crucial Massive, Squeeky Plus, Jamaica’s Starcade DJs, Jah Witness, & Songs of Solomon (rescheduled from Sat, Feb. 5). Tickets: $15, advance; $20, day of show. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Ballroom and Latin Dance Party 6:30-10 p.m. During the dance, a foxtrot workshop is offered. Prizes, refreshments. With Esther and Ben. Singles and couples welcome. Admission: $5, members; $10, guests. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-635-3341. Lick the Toad Band 8:30-11:30 p.m. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables – Rhododendron Bridge 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, 7-mile ski (hike if no snow), led by Dale Hughes (845-679-1196). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

making and then create a mosaic picture frame to take home. All materials included - free of charge. For more details or to sign-up contact the library. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

Sunday, March 27 ART

“Clap” 1-4 p.m. Opening reception. The exhibit features more than 60 works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, and exhibition sets the stage for artworks to resonate in polyphonic ways – to clash, clang, jar against each other, and even occasionally harmonize. Some first time pieces will be a part of the exhibit including work by John Bock, Cosima Von Bonin, Paul Chan, Charline Von Heyl, William Pope. L, and Ryan Trecartin. On view through Sunday, April 17. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. CCS-Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, 33 Garden Rd., Annandale on Hudson. 845-758-7598.

EVENT “Playful and Contented: Children’s Lives in History” 2 p.m. Clermont’s Curator of Education Kjirsten Gustavson presents “Lace Me Tighter: 200 Years of Children and Corsets.” Gustavson will discuss common practices regarding children and this notorious garment during the 18th and 19th centuries. Entrance to each is $5 for adults. Space is limited; reservations are encouraged. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240. > more on page 16

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THEATER “To Fuel the Fire” 7 p.m. Featuring larger-than-life puppets, masked characters and live music, the Ulster Countybased company Arm-of-the-Sea Theater presents a show created after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, featuring two mythological characters drawn from Ancient Egypt recast in the modern day as immigrants running a soup shop who have to use their powers to restore the waters of life after the ecologically disastrous oilrig explosion. Suggested donation: $8. Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5262.

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David Lindley 8:30 p.m. With special guest Alan Goodman. Tickets: $30, advance; $35, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM On Saturday, a relatively huge crowd huddled under a white tent on the Hyde Park Drive-In Theater grounds to watch trained falconer and expert on birds of prey, Bill Streeter, share information about and a close encounter with six magnificent raptors. Despite the fact that Mother Nature chose to take away the springlike warmth of Friday, we were happy to shiver a little to get up close and personal with these elegant birds and learn more about Streeter’s history, the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (where he serves as director), and the often-tragic but inspiring tale of how each bird came to the center for rehabilitation. Streeter began the presentation with a small kestrel named Lola; he then brought out a peregrine falcon (pictured, above), which he said is common to this area.

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Streeter described the peregrine’s ability to perform a “stoop;” that is, the falcon will nose dive, straight down to the ground to catch its prey, often at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour. Streeter also advised the crowd to log onto the Pennsylvania Falcon Cam Page online to watch, in real-time, the nesting and hatching of peregrines. You can find the cam at www.dep. – it’s addictive, though. You’ve been warned. A red tail hawk followed – Streeter informed us that we “live along a major hawk flyway.” If you’re interested in seeing a fuller explanation of that flyway, Streeter suggested going to The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) website ( to get more information about what flies where. As every good performer does, Streeter saved his big hitters for the second part of the show. Emerging with a Great Horned owl (top), Streeter waited until the crowd had settled before he described the species, adding this particular owl had been shot, destroying tendons, muscles and nerves in the bird’s wing, preventing the animal from being returned to the wild. Mortimer, the petite saw-whet owl, perched on Streeter’s thumb as Streeter described how a man had stopped to render aid to Mortimer after the bird had been struck by a car. For every depressing story of violence against these incredible animals (Streeter had just wrapped up a story of illegal bird of prey hunting in Alaska when a hunter targeted thirty bald eagles), Streeter said a single story of compassion, such as this busy person’s willingness to rescue a tiny owl and get him to a legitimate rehabilitation center, made all conservation work hopeful. The star of the show (sorry Mortimer!) was a spectacular (and huge) golden eagle (bottom). Blinded in one eye, the eagle still kept the crowd hushed with deference. Before Streeter and his birds took the stage, Steve Rosenberg, executive director of The Scenic Hudson Land Trust and director of the land preservation program at Scenic Hudson, recognized two science educators as “Hudson Valley Heroes.” Chris Bowser and Sarah Mount, educators with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, coordinate a citizen science eel-monitoring project in several key tributaries of the Hudson River. Rosenberg said Bowser and Mount were on “the frontlines of scientific research.” Bowser thanked Rosenberg, saying Scenic Hudson “has preserved some remarkable landscapes … (so) all communities can have access to those places.” The unsung hero of the day was a 4- to 5-year-old slippery looking eel in a bowl at the back of the crowd – an example of the sort of eels found in the Hudson River monitored by the citizen-manned program. For more information on Citizen-science Fisheries Research in the Hudson Valley, call 845-889-4745, x104 or email To learn more about Streeter’s work and the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, go to www. Photo by Dana Gavin.

Call for volunteers at Wilderstein

BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF History buffs who love to interact with others are needed at Wilderstein Historic Site. Wilderstein is seeking volunteers to welcome visitors, conduct guided tours, work in the gift shop and more. Retirees, stay-at-home parents, college students and anyone wishing to get involved are invited to Wilderstein’s annual orientation meeting for new and returning volunteers on Saturday, April 2 at 9 a.m. If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty, additional team members are also being sought to participate in Wilderstein’s landscape work days on: DATES:

Saturday, April 16: All day restoration of the perennial border Saturday, April 23: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Spring cleanup Saturday, June 11: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Trail day

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String competition announced winners BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

The 39th Annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition concluded its multi-day contest on Sunday, March 13 at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall and chose three exceptional performers from more than 20 string players. First-place winner is Yoshihiko Nakano, a violist from the Juilliard School, who played the Bartok “Concerto.” His first-place win earns him a $3,000 first prize and an invitation to perform as a soloist with HVP as part of the 2011-12 season. Violinist Shenghua Hu from the Manhattan Conservatory was awarded second place and violinist Olga Caceanova from the New England Conservatory took third place. The HVP String Competition began in 1966 under the direction of then-HVP Artistic Director/Conductor Maestro Claude Monteux. Notable former winners include Marcus Thompson ’67, violist (Boston Chamber Players); Fred Sherry ’68, cellist; Ani Kavafian ’73, violinist (Lincoln Center Chamber Players - soloist); Adela Pena ’85, violinist (Eroica Trio); and Judith Ingolfsson ’96, violinist (1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner- soloist).

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Wilderstein is located at 330 Morton Rd. in Rhinebeck. The orientation meeting will take place at Wilderstein’s Gate Lodge. The Gate Lodge is located near the site’s second entrance. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the office at 845-876-4818.


Following the success of the inaugural GALA CONCERT AND Phoenicia Festival of the Voice last year, festival FESTIVAL LAUNCH founders Maria Todaro, Louis Otey and Kerry 3 p.m. | March 27 Henderson will present an informal afternoon St. Gregory’s Church concert to launch Voicefest 2011, which will 2578 Route 212, Woodstock. take place Aug. 4 through 7. Todaro, Otey and Henderson will speak about vocal events taking place in Phoenicia this summer, including Mozart’s dark masterpiece, “Don Giovanni,” conducted by Metropolitan Opera maestro Steven White. Performers will offer a program featuring highlights from opera, song and Broadway shows. Attendees are invited to join the artists for light refreshments following the concert. Suggested donation at the door is $10. For more information, go to or call 845-688-1344.

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On Saturday and Sunday, New Horizons Resources, Inc., which serves people with developmental disabilities in New York State’s Hudson Valley, hosted a craft fair in the James J. McCann Center at Marist College. New Horizons Resources’ goal is to enable people “to achieve fulfilling lives within their local communities by establishing a home, belonging and self determination, encouraging learning to stimulate participation and productivity, and demonstrating fundamental respect for each individual.” Handmade crafts from a variety of local artisans, potters, jewelers and more were available for patrons to get a jump start on spring decorations while supporting New Horizons through an entry donation. For further information about New Horizons, go to

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Eleanor Roosevelt “We Make Our Own History” Forums 2 p.m. The forums series continues with a talk by Maurine H. Beasley, author of “Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady,” and is in honor of Women’s History Month. Proceeds benefit the Catharine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie and the education programs of Roosevelt Library. Call for registration information. Cost: $25. Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-486-7770.

NIGHTLIFE Stryper with Damon Marks and Livesay 6 p.m. Tickets: $25. The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966. Tret Fure 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300. “Unplugged Acoustic Open Mic” 4-6 p.m. Sign up to participate: 3:30pm. Admission: $5, members; $6,non-members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

OUTDOOR Conservation Hike at Vanderbilt Mansion 11 a.m. A two-hour easy walk to see the trees at the federal park. A NPS ranger will spend 20-30 minutes teaching participants how the mature tree collection is managed and focusing on its old growth trees. Meet at the site parking lot, opposite the mansion. Contact leader Sayi Nulu at or 845-264-2270 to register. Free. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115. “The Ecology of Tonewoods: The ‘Roots’ of the Bluegrass Sound” 2 p.m. Join Cary Institute educators for an interpretive hike through the forest. Learn how different woods are used to make acoustic instruments and how they have contributed to the emergence of Bluegrass music. Participants

with musical experience are encouraged to bring their acoustic stringed instruments, as this event will culminate in an informal bluegrass jam. The interpretive hike will take place from 2 – 3:30 p.m. The Jam session will take place from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Cary Institute, 2801 Sharon Tpk. (Rte. 44), Millbrook. 845-677-7600, ext. 121. Hike Undercliff/Overcliff Noon-3 p.m. Join Ray Greenberg, Mohonk Preserve volunteer, for an early spring hike. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 5-mile hike. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

PERFORMANCE “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin” 7:30 p.m. A solo performance by one of the most innovative forces in American comedy. Tickets: $71-$46. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

WORKSHOP Improvisation Across Abilities - Adaptive Use Musical Instruments Open House 2-4 p.m. This open house initiates a series of three workshops in the Hudson Valley area to educate teachers, therapists, aides and parents in how to use AUMI with improvisation and drumming. Deep Listening Space at the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St., Ste. 303, Kingston. 845338-5984

Monday, March 28 BENEFIT

“100 for $100” 6-8 p.m. 100 works of art donated by Barrett Art Center of Poughkeepsie members are raffled off. Paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works will be offered. There will be musical performance, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 100 tickets are sold; tickets are $100. Call 845-4712550 for more information. Babycakes Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8411.

Tuesday, March 29 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; call to register. This program will follow the New Paltz School District regarding winter-weather closings. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

FILM “Pink Saris” 7:30 p.m. Both Rekha, a fourteen year old Untouchable who is three months pregnant and > continued on next page {16} march 23, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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History lessons BY ANN LA FARGE What do you do when the newspaper Wh headl headlines seem to scream disaster from every page and the news broadcasts are grimmer each day? You could, I suppose, climb under a rock, ro or turn off all the media and read you way through Dickens, but I found your ano another solution this week: Read about disasters dis that happened long ago – in this cas one in Boston, one in New York. Two case, absolutely ab riveting books kept me focused on the past … and proved that the old saw “i reads like a novel” is, indeed, true. “it So, what do you think of when you hear h the words Tea Party? A packet of tea bags b tumbled out of the Jiffy bag along with my copy of “American Tempest – How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution” by Harlow Giles Unger (Da Capo Press, illustrated throughout, $26) On O Dec. D 16 $26). 16, 1773 1773, a bunch of guys – including Paul Revere – some dressed as Indians, dumped 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor, protesting the taxes imposed upon them by the British, starting a political and social revolution and, among lesser consequences, turning our country into a nation of coffee drinkers. This lively account of those happenings profiles many patriots – Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock. Asked in an interview whether the Boston Tea Party is “more relevant than it used to be,” given the existence of today’s Tea Party, the author remarked, “their core philosophies are very much the same. Understanding the original tea party movement helps us understand today’s Tea Party Movement.” At the back of the book, there’s a list of the known participants in the Boston Tea Party, along with their professions and their ages. Among them, “Paul Revere, 18, goldsmith, silversmith, Freemason, and Thomas Melville, 22, BA Princeton, naval officer in War of 1812, state legislator, Boston Fire Warden, Herman Melville’s grandfather” – patriots who set off a storm that ended with the Declaration of … but you know all that. Enjoy this delightful escapade into history. Then move a few days’ march south to New York City and, in the author’s words, “let us lift the rock and sift through the detritus … of a time when the nation’s greatest experiment in democracy earned the right to be called the Savage City.” “The Savage City – Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge” by T.J. English (Wm. Morrow, $27.99) is a dark and uneasy but riveting read, limning the violent decade (early ’60s – early ’70s) in New York City, its story told through the lives of three men –“three points of a triangle”– all of whom, we learn, are still alive. The book opens in 1963, at the time of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and covers the 10-year period when New York City descended into mayhem, racial violence and unrest, with African Americans and the police force at each other’s throats. The story begins with a double murder of two girls on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and the 19-year-old black man – George Whitmore, Jr. – who was coerced > continued on next page

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into cconfessing to the murders. Then we meet Bill Phill Phillips, a crooked NYPD cop who would go onto creat a huge scandal, turning snitch and exposing create the N NYPD, who spent 33 years in prison, paroled th age of 78, a few years ago. And Dhoruba bin at the Wa Wahad, a founder of the Black Panther Party and pro prototypical black militant. Part social history, part page-turning thriller, this th book is thought provoking and creepy, violent vi and fascinating. It is George Whitmore’s story st that will resonate long after you turn th last page of this book. Turn back to the the beginning b and you will see that the book is dedicated to him. d Time to lighten up a bit (but not much) and travel even farther afield in two new novels – first to Vietnam and, finally, to Africa. The title of this book was irresistible to me, so I curled up in the sunshine with Camilla Gibb’s “The Beauty of Humanity Movement” (The Penguin Press, $25.95). Two lives converge in this story of present-day Hanoi – Hung, an elderly itinerant Vietnamese soup vendor, and Maggie, a Vietnamese-American art curator in search of her dissident father’s disappearance many years ago. We also meet Tu, Hung’s grandson, a tour guide. “In the 1980s, the bones of the Soviet Union began to rattle. Soviet aid ran out, leaving Vietnam friendless and hungry and in trouble. And so began Doi moi – Vietnam’s very own Perestroika, allowing a free market to develop …” Maggie finds Hung, hires Tu to be her tour guide of art galleries, and learns of the Beauty of Humanity movement through Hung, whose shop was once a hangout for dissident artists protesting the single style of art imposed on writers and artists (“The day is not far off when all flowers will be turned into chrysanthemums”). An altogether beautiful and moving novel about identity, belonging, and what it means to call a place home. I ended this very intense week of reading with a charming “novel in stories,” Susi Wyss’s “The Civilized World” (Holt Paperbacks, $15). Set in the U.S. and in Africa, the story follows five women – two from Ghana, three from the United States – as their lives intersect and impact in many ways. Adjoa, a masseuse, can’t understand Janice, who “could live anywhere, yet didn’t seem to belong anywhere.” Meet Comfort, a Ghanaian widow, who travels to the United States to visit her son and daughter-in-law and encounters the vicissitudes of cross-cultural parenting. Adjoa realizes her dream of opening a beauty parlor; Janice meets Ophelia, wife of a diplomat; and then … things get complicated as, of course, they do in any good novel. At once serious and light-hearted, this story reminded me of a great favorite of mine, also a novel-in-stories, Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive Kitteridge.” That, from this reader, is high praise indeed. And now, the Teetering Pile marked “April” beckons … with many fine new novels. Can’t wait.

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

Wednesday, March 30 ART

“Guest Curator, Pamela Blum - A Collaborative Painting Exhibition” 5 p.m. Opening reception. On view through April 15. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery, Dutchess Community College, Washington Center, Room 150, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

LECTURE “Setting The Record Straight – A Life Of Interviews with Rock Legends” 7 p.m. Local writer Tony Musso will speak about his life of Rock and Roll - his interviews with ’50s and ’60s rock legends. For more details or to sign-up contact the library. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

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

Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. Rachael Yamagata 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. The Waterman Bird Club will go on a field trip to the Southern Dutchess Rail Trail. Meet in the A&P parking lot (Rt. 82, Hopewell Junction). Contact Barbara at 845-297-6701 to RSVP. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Cedar Drive 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, nonmembers. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m.

WORKSHOP “Genealogy Basics and Beyond” 10:30 a.m.-noon. The final of three sessions. This session focuses on ““Using Technology:” Each class stands alone; participants must register for each session separately. Contact Cindy Dubinski at 845-221-9943, ext. 225 or e-mail reference@ East Fishkill Public Library, 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction.

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4 p.m. The March guest for the Hudson Valley YA Society’s event is National Book Awardwinning young adult author Judy Blundell, whose newest book is “Strings Attached.” In a new monthly event series, the Hudson Valley YA Society brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun party-like “literary salon” atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte.9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. Hudson valley news | | march 23, 2011 {17}



BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYENWS.COM The most impressive part of this movie is how good an actor Bradley Cooper proves to be, at least in this genre. I was genuinely surprised by how affecting Cooper was as both the defeated wastrel and as the cocksure playboy – I’ve only seen him as the former (most recently as Face in “The A-Team” reboot), but Cooper may actually have some range. The plot of “Limitless” isn’t really anything new – it’s a mash-up between “Flowers for Algernon,” “The Nutty Professor” and something a little off-kilter, like “Strange Days.” Just after would-be writer Eddie Morra (Cooper) is dumped by his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish), he runs into his former brother-in-law on the street, who seems to take pity on his slovenly look and sad-sack story and offers him a medicinal treat in the form o a clear, round pill. Said pill, dubbed NZT, of s supposedly actives the mythological unused 8 80% of the brain – when Eddie takes it, he’s a to successfully argue strategically with his able la landlady, write her law school paper, bed her, scrub his apartment from baseboards to ceiling Weekend rating: Three pills and write 40 pages of his manuscript in one Director: Neil Burger afternoon. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, The director, Neil Burger, does a less-thanAbbie Cornish subtle but effective lighting bit as well – when Runtime: 105 min. we meet the down and out Eddie, he not only Rated PG-13 for thematic looks dirty, but his skin pallor is quite grey. material involving a drug, violence Under the influence of NZT, Eddie is flush with health, eyes bright, features sharp – his including disturbing images, physical transformation was effective. sexuality and language. Of course, a single pill wears off, and come


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weekend horoscopes MARCH 23-29 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’ve been absorbing a lot of information this week, and it feels like your head is about to explode. Things will start to make more sense soon, and you’ll start perceiving patterns based on everything you’ve just been learning. Make lots of notes and keep track of what worked when. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Expect a sudden flooding of old memories and emotions into your present mind – issues that have been buried will suddenly at the forefront of your thoughts. These memories may not have anything to do with what you’re facing today, but they could have small yet significant impacts on the way you handle stressors. Take it easy and let yourself feel the full experience.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Be prepared for a friendship to go in a very different direction soon; someone you know well may express interest in becoming a romantic interest, much to your surprise. You can either act on this or defer it – the relationship won’t be damaged if you choose to bide your time. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Your work environment is about to change (for the positive), but adjustments to your daily plan often causes you stress. Focus on how this adjustment is beneficial and what other things can be accomplished now, and you’ll recognize the stress melting away. Get outside as much as possible this weekend to release that negative energy.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Something you learned a while ago will come in handy this

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • We promise this will be a Charlie Sheen-free zone, except when others choose to make Sheen art on their bodies: Toronto tattoo artist Andrew Ottenhof got a tattoo of Charlie Sheen wearing a tiger head, surrounded by a Twitter bluebird and hash tag marks. It’s huge, and in a few days when Ottenhof comes to his senses, it’s going to be a bear to remove (and will probably require hydrochloric acid). Next time you want to express your “winning-ness,” go with a Sex Panther tattoo – those are evergreen. • Who knew the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas was so dangerous? Four people were sent to the hospital on Friday when an overhead camera boom (weighing about 350 pounds) crashed down on a crowd at Stubb’s waiting for Orchestral Manouevers in the Dark to perform. Head-banging to be sure. • ’80s teen star C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy, anyone?) is apparently a studio’s worst nightmare. Howell has a bit part in the new “Spider-Man” reboot, staring Andrew Garfield, and though Sony has kept super-tight lips on everything from plot to costumes and everything in between, Howell was able to spill the beans in about five seconds on a RetroRadio podcast. Howell said he plays a construction worker who sees Spider-Man for the hero he really is during a battle with … the Lizard. Well, Venom and Doc Ock have already been done. • In more comic-to-film news, Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be playing Albert Falcone, a.k.a. “The Holiday Killer,” in the upcoming third installment of Christopher Nolan’s wildly successful Batman franchise. If that left you scratching your head, you probably haven’t read the graphic novel “The Long Halloween.” Nolan’s smart, though – he already set up this character, having his father, mafia kingpin Carmine Falcone (played by Tom Wilkinson) appear in “Batman Begins.” We’re trusting Nolan. • Color us shocked: The Las Vegas deputy district attorney who prosecuted singer Bruno Mars and celebutant Paris Hilton for cocaine possession was arrested this weekend for ... wait for it … possession of cocaine. Clark County Deputy District Attorney David Schubert was booked and later released from the Clark County Detention Center. It takes one to know one?

week as you work on a creative project – bring your concerns to a friend, and you’ll have a very effective partner in crime. This project will open doors for you, so it is important for you to take every aspect seriously. Let yourself be inspired, and you’ll create something impressive.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): A few unpleasant memories may creep up this week based on an off-hand comment made by a friend who knew you at the time. Let yourself grieve privately – it’s a normal reaction, and it isn’t a sign that you haven’t healed. It’s a positive step for you that you can allow yourself to be sad and then move on. Treat yourself to an evening out. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Good news arrives this weekend – you’ll have a chance to follow your heart in some new adventure. This will most likely involve your partner or a close friend. Try not to over-analyze the situation; good luck found you, so enjoy the ride. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Your hard work is finally bearing fruit, in a financial way and also in terms of garnering you more opportunities. You might want to kick up your heels and take a break, but this isn’t the time to do that. Grab onto each chance that comes your way – you’ll be grateful later.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Your level of self-confidence is soaring right now, and others are going to naturally gravitate towards you. Take time this weekend to relax with friends – in light of the challenges of the last few weeks, you deserve it. Don’t concern yourself with future travel plans this week, however – you’ll find nothing but frustration. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Let your gut be your guide right now, especially in a situation that involves a good friend who is having a tough time. You know the way things should go, and you know how people should behave, but things aren’t as simple as that. Look for a way to diffuse the conflict without letting the two parties know you’re helping from behind the scenes. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Some news about a friend who has just begun a new romance reaches you this week, and you’re more than surprised by the information – you never knew this person could be so free and spontaneous! This may be a sign for you, as well, to release some of your preconceived notions about how things should be and go with the flow more often. Call your friend and share in their good news.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): A nice financial surprise, even if it’s small, puts you in a great mood this week. You’ll feel confident enough to make a necessary purchase that you’ve been putting off for a while until your financial situation stabilized.

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Bound and twisted

A new exhibition by Dutchess County artist and former student of the Mill Street Loft Art Institute Kayleigh Prest is on view at the Twisted Soul Café. The exhibition, titled “Bound II,” is a collection of drawings and prints; new works and re-works inspired by obsession and entanglement, desertion and nostalgia, masses and ghosts. The intricate drawings are delicate, but bold in content – setting the stage for a cohesive and powerful exhibition. The show will remain on view through May 19. Twisted Soul Café, 47 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. For more information, call Laurie Clark, Mill Street Loft exhibition coordinator at 845-471-7477.


Duck Pond Gallery presents Lynne Friedman’s opening reception on Saturday, April 2, from 5-8 p.m. at Esopus Library, 128 Canal St, Port Ewen. The exhibition will be on display from April 2-30. Gallery hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. -4; Sun, 12-4 p.m. 338-5580. www. For more information on the artist, go to:

This week’s winner: Thomas Kirwin with his photo of the Fishkill Creek in Beacon. 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. Winning photo will be published in print on Wednesdays and on our website www. {20} march 23, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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SOFTBALL SQUAD SEEKS SPRING SUCCESS KAMPF KOMMENTS BY BOB KAMPF Mounds of snow gave way to pitchers’ mounds last week as the temperatures soared and Franklin D. Roosevelt High School’s varsity girls softball team began preparations for what many sense could be a rewarding and winning season. Last year was the first over the past four years that coach Pat Moshier’s Lady Presidents failed to earn a MHAL divisional title, but that was all but forgotten as enthusiasm reigned during the initial spring training sessions at the South Cross Road field. “We have depth and lots of young talent this year,” said Moshier, “and we should see a big improvement in our 12-12 record from last season.” The smiles and intensity of four veteran seniors on the team is spilling over to every one of the players, while starting pitcher Heidi Grieger hopes to raise the level of her mound performances to new heights right from the start, which is Tuesday, April 5, at Onteora. Gina Crapser, Angelina Incorvaia, Loren McKeon and Samantha Hill give FDR a solid, experienced nucleus this year. The senior quartet brings a combined 14 years of experience to the diamond, Incorvaia and Crapser leading the way with four years each. All four seniors will often be seen patrolling spots on the outfield grasses, with Incorvaia occasionally handling first-base duties. “McKeon and Crapser are two of my most explosive batters,” praised Moshier, “along with Jessica Demzar and Heidi Grieger.” Demzar, Roosevelt’s starting shortstop, is a junior and her coach is looking for her to produce some big runs against MHAL

opposition. Two other top-notch batters in the lineup should be Coby Crawford and Lisa Ketcham, both juniors. One of the most interesting characteristics of this year’s Lady Presidents is the mixture of seasoned veterans and a group of youthful players, including a very strong pitcher in eighth-grader Allison Pritchard, who should, according to the veteran Moshier, see some important mound activity this season. Several others have the gloves and bats to help shape a positive season for Roosevelt.


In order to return to their former divisional crown status, and, hopefully beyond, through the Section 9 playoffs, the Lady Presidents will have to get by some formidable obstacles in their MHAL outings, especially at Wallkill, Rondout and Marlboro. Teams play a total of 20 regular-season games and the pre-season attitude is that FDR’s Lady Presidents would like to believe they can put a huge majority of these outings in the “win” column. Assisting Moshier this season will be volunteers Bob Benson and Fred Newswanger, both of whom have been very active in community softball organizations. Benson brings his successful background from Hyde Park Little League and Senior League to the high school level, while Newswanger has been an outstanding pitcher in the Hyde Park Fastpitch Softball League for several years. Rhinebeck, Red Hook, New Paltz and Saugerties will also be looking to halt Roosevelt’s charge. Rhinebeck has moved up one division, replacing Pine Plains in Class A. Of a very special nature in this year’s schedule, all MHAL teams playing contests away from home at another MHAL team’s field will see each player on the visiting team presenting the home

Pictured, clockwise from above: The Class of 2011 Franklin D. Roosevelt High School softball team, which is loaded with class and diamond talent this year, is represented by Samatha Hill, Angelina Incorvaia, Loren McKeon and Gina Crapser. All four seniors generally play in the outfield, with Incorvaia sharing duties at first base; Veteran FDR softball coach Pat Moshier (right) and assistant coach Bob Benson have lots of good reasons to be smiling as spring training began for the Lady Presidents. Their team has talent galore and much more, from senior veterans to eighthgrade spark plugs, setting the stage for what could be a season full of positive vibes. Missing from the photo is assistant mentor Fred Newswanger, noted for his masterful pitching in Hyde Park’s Fastpitch Softball League. Photos by Bob Kampft.

team with a non-perishable food product for its local food pantry. Moshier came up with the idea at an earlier league meeting and the entire MHAL organization bought

into the program, making this year’s season a prominent one even before the home-plate umpire has given that all-toofamiliar shout, “Play ball!”

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Everyone knew how good the Duke team was in the Women’s NCAA Basketball tournament. Not very many knew how good and determined the Dutchesses of Marist would be! So, when the second-ranked Blue Devils from Durham, North Carolina enjoyed the benefit of their home court in the second round of this year’s Big Dance Monday, the Red Foxes’ chances for an upset appeared quite remote, but until the final three minutes of their contest, Marist ruled at the Cameron Indoor Stadium. Second-seeded Duke escaped with a narrow 71-66 victory and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen to face third-seeded De Paul, but until Chelsea Gray scored at the 2:46 mark, it appeared that the 10th-seeded Poughkeepsie quintet would achieve its second trip to the land of milk and honey. It didn’t happen, but along the way, Marist’s unified contingent gave Duke its first real scare after the Blue Devils had destroyed Tennessee-Martin in the first round, 90-45. Coach Brian Giorgis’s squad led by as many as 11 points, 41-30, in the early moments of the second half, but they were unable to overcome the strength of the Blue Devils defense that initiated 20 Red Fox turnovers, nine more than the nationally noted average of 11 per game that Marist owned. These lapses led to 28 Duke points, and along with the long-term absence of Erica Allenspach, Marist’s Player of the Year in the MAAC, who injured her left ankle in a collision with teammate Emma O’Connor with just over five minutes remaining in

the first half, spelled the difference in an otherwise outstanding performance by the MAAC champions. Duke’s persistence and defensive effort halted Marist’s 27-game winning streak, ending the Red Foxes’ season at 31-3. In the opening round of the tournament, Marist played an exceptional, all-around team game to topple seventh-seeded Iowa State, 74-64, as Kate Oliver, with 16 points, paced five players finishing in double figures. The win was Marist’s fourth in NCAA tournament history, while the Duke setback left Marist with a 4-7 overall mark. The Red Foxes certainly made believers out of many pundits and fans across the nation, especially those from Durham, North Carolina, who might have expected an easy walkover for the Blue Devils. While the Red Foxes’ 27-game winning streak was halted by Duke’s stellar finish in those final minutes of the second round contest, the gathering at the Blue Devils’ home court and the television audience on ESPN2 must have felt the equality of the Dutchesses, led by Corielle Yarde’s gamehigh 25 points. It certainly cannot be considered a “moral victory,” but as Yarde stated after the conclusion of the contest, “we made a statement tonight, a huge statement!” And, the 5-foot-8 junior finished the season with a career total of 999 points, leaving a little unfinished business to be taken care of next year when the Red Foxes will return, ready to add to their 67-5 record in games against conference opponents. They may also want to get another shot at Duke because the Devils made them do it.

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Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the search for the 2011 Dutchess County “Senior Citizens of the Year” will close Friday, March 25. All nominations must be received by or delivered to the Division of Aging Services by that date. Each year, the advisory board to the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services selects four outstanding seniors to be presented with the award. The nomination categories are: Senior Man, Senior Woman, and Senior Couple of the year. Steinhaus will present the awards on Monday, May 9 at the Division of Aging Services’ annual “Celebration of Aging” luncheon to mark Older Americans Month. Nominations should be submitted to the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The nomination form and more information may be obtained by calling 845-4862555. The form can also be downloaded from the winter newsletter on the Office for the Aging website: Spotlightwinter10.pdf.


Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) has received a donation of $3,000 from Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy to be used for the organization’s 2011 Green Teen Community Gardening Program. Green Teen develops skills through hands-on learning and entrepreneurship. Through the Green Teen Program, teens gain life and work skills with a focus on personal growth while learning about food, farming, entrepreneurship, leadership and community. During the school year, Green Teen holds local programs both during and after school where participants grow plants and vegetables in their classrooms, on farms and in community gardens. Employment for Green Teens is a key to the program’s success. Since 2004, Green Teen has hired youth ages 14 to 19 to work in urban gardens, on local farms and learn about food- and farming-

related businesses. The program is best known for its annual specialty salsa. A “from seed to shelf” production model, the teens work with a food technician to develop a salsa recipe, perform taste tests in the community and then plan, plant and harvest vegetables to produce more than 1,000 jars. The teens conduct market research and work with a graphic designer to develop a label and the jars are sold at local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. “We, like many other not-for-profits in this area, have lost a great deal of our county funding in 2011. Covanta’s support of the Green Teen Program – a youth development program that runs year round – will help enable us to continue providing services to at-risk teenagers, primarily in Beacon,” said Linda Keech, executive director of CCEDC. “We are extremely grateful for Covanta’s support.” “In this economy, without the help of Covanta, and, we hope, from other community-focused corporations, programs like Green Teen may cease to exist,” said CCEDC Board President Laurie Rich. “We are very grateful for Covanta’s donation, and for their interest in our at-risk urban youth.” “Covanta Hudson Valley is proud to support the CCEDC’s Green Teen Program. Helping the community is very important to us as a company so we are happy to assist this great program that is helping teach valuable lessons and provide bright futures for local teenagers,” said Brenda Connolly, business manager of Covanta Hudson Valley.


If you are currently receiving your Social Security benefits by paper check, you have a decision to make. Beginning March 1, 2013, you will need to switch to either direct deposit to your bank or credit union account or receive your benefits loaded onto a prepaid debit card. New retirees who apply for Social Security on or after May 1, 2011 will no longer have the paper check option. According to Treasury Fiscal Assistant Secretary Richard Gregg, “This important change will provide significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the annual $120 million price tag associated with paper checks and will save Social Security $1 billion over the next 10 years.” You can find out more about changing from paper checks at www.socialsecurity. gov or by calling at 845-452-3584 or 1-800-772-1213.


Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON As promised, here are some photos from the music concert at Cold Spring School, which was held March 2. Music teacher Wanda Newell put together this wonderful program and she was overwhelmed by the turnout. She expected a few parents to come and see the show, which was held at 2:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. But, to everyone’s delight, so many parents and grandparents came to see the concert, the cafetorium was overflowing with people. All seats were taken and many stood along the back and side walls. Parking, too, was a challenge. If you’d been driving by the school that Wednesday, you’d have seen cars parked all along Creamery and Homan roads. Anyone who didn’t have a child in the school was probably wondering what they were giving away that day! Ms. Newell conceived of the idea of a music concert for the Cold Spring students because with the school restructuring, Cold Spring no longer has a chorus. (Chorus is reserved for the older elementary classes that are all now housed at Seymour Smith.) So, she had each class learn a song about character, which they then presented at the concert. As each song was presented, a slide show ran behind the performers that displayed visual aids to go along with the song’s theme. Some of the songs I can remember were: “Responsibility,” “No No Bully,” “Tolerance,” “Do Good,” “Rules of the Classroom,” “Shake a Hand,” “Kindness,” “Helpfulness” and “The Sharing Song.” I think I’m missing one, but because of the large turnout, not everyone got a program, so that’s the best I can do from memory (with Bridget’s help of course!). It was a wonderful concert and the kids sung their hearts out. No one seemed struck with stage fright and it was clear the students really enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to our fabulous, energetic music teacher, Ms. Newell, for organizing this program and for teaching the classes their songs. Also thank you to Principal Jay Glynn and the entire staff of the school for handling the enormous crowd so efficiently.

Principal Jay Glynn, dressed as The Cat in the Hat, greets students at the Cold Spring School music concert; Mrs. Chase’s first-grade class performs “Kindness.” Photos by Heidi Johnson.


A final reminder about the “Into Africa” presentation that will be held at the Stanford Library this coming Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m. Marge Moran and Karen Sieverding will share their experiences of traveling in South Africa in October 2009. They will share their experiences as well as beautiful pictures of Johannesburg, Cape Town and a safari in Kruger National Park. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library for more information: 845-868-1341.

the following information about the upcoming open house event: The Stanford Nursery School is having an open house on Saturday April 9 from 10 a.m. until noon. Stop on by to see the excellent facilities, meet both amazing teachers or have questions answered. Generations of Stanford residents have many happy memories of time spent at this wonderful nursery school – help us continue the tradition! If you have questions or can’t attend that morning, feel free to call our Board President Tim Zengen at 914-4756228. Hope to see you there!



Some of you may be aware that the Stanford Nursery School is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. There are many adults in Stanfordville who are SNS graduates, that’s how long this school has been in operation. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the school has graduated more than a few second-generation students. Both of my children went there and I cannot say enough good things about the school, which operates in the basement of the Bangall United Methodist Church. SNS parent Ginny Gertling sent me

Some quick notes from Stanford Fire Company: Be aware that the New York State DEC has banned open burning from March 16

through May 14. So, as tempting as it is to make a bonfire out of all the fallen branches in your yard, don’t do it! Wait until after May 15, when the brush fire threat is lower and the burn ban has been lifted. I also noted on the Stanford Fire Company sign a few weeks ago that their recent blood drive collected 40 pints of blood. This is quite an impressive number. Thank you to all who donated and saved a life. Next week, I’m hoping to have some photos and information about the Cold Spring Science Fair, which is always a great event, full of learning and fun. Happy spring, everyone. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m glad it is finally here. This was a winter to remember. See you next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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This week Garden Club Meeting The Rhinebeck Garden Club will host a discussion on “Conserving Water and Rainwater Harvesting” with Larry Steel of Hudson Valley Rain Barrels on Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Rhinebeck Town Hall. Call Brenda Brockett at 845-876-5280 for more information. Wild Wednesday On Wednesday, March 23, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli, will host a Wild Wednesday presentation entitled “Amphibians on the March.” Admission is free and the visitor center is wheelchair accessible. Call 845-889-4745, ext. 106 for more information. Clinton Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the library. Please bring original or a favorite poem to share and discuss or just come to enjoy some poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Library Trustee Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, to discuss library matters. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library at 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook and on the web at Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play card games and have lots of laughs. The club meets Friday, March 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the lower level of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Pretty 4 Prom Sale The Vassar Brothers Medical Center Mothers Club is hosting a “Pretty 4 Prom” dress sale on Saturday, March 26 at the hospital’s Joseph Tower Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundreds of new and gently used dresses in all styles and colors will start at $40. Contact Tricia O’Malley at 845-437-3035 or send an e-mail to for more information. Spaghetti Dinner Rhinebeck Crew is hosting a fundraising spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Father Brogan Center, located at the intersection of East Market and Mulberry streets, Rhinebeck. The event features live music and

a silent auction. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Rhinebeck High School crew team. Reservations are encouraged. Call 845-876-2928 to make reservations or for more information. Book Discussion The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will sponsor another Mystery Monday book discussion in its series of mysteries set in Sweden and Iceland on Monday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to noon. The mystery to be discussed is “The Blood Spilt” by Asa Larsson. The discussion will be held at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. Call 845-485-3445 for more information. Val-Kill Industries Discussion The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society will meet Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Route 9 at Church Street, Hyde Park. The topic will be “Antique Roadshow Featured Val-Kill Industries.” Richard Cain, Hyde Park native, Val-Kill Industries collector and local author, will present the history of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill project and show examples of this locally made furniture and pewter. There is no fee, and anyone interested in local history is invited to attend. After the presentation, there will be refreshments and a business meeting. For membership information, call Julia at 845-889-4521. For other information, call Patsy N. Costello at 845-229-2559. ‘Pink Saris’ The Marist College Public Praxis Program, Women Make Movies and Dutchess Peace will host a free screening of the film “Pink Saris” on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Marist College’s Fontaine Hall (north entrance, first building on left) in the Henry Hudson Room. Following the film, a discussion will be held. For more information, contact

Upcoming Benefit for Thaddeus The Second Annual Benefit for Thaddeus Harklerode, a young boy with Ohtahara Syndrome, will be held Friday, April 1, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The dinner/dance also features a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $65 per person and paid reservations are required on or before March 27. For further information, contact Charles or Alicia at 845-233-4311.


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The movers and shakers over at the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department have put together a real winner of an enterprise. On April 17, Tymor Park will be hosting the first of many regular farmers’ markets in order to provide people with the freshest of produce at reasonable prices in a venue that’s conveniently close to home. In a win-win scenario, it will simultaneously provide an easily accessible mercantile outlet for local growers with an attractively high potential for prodigious amounts of subscription. As the saying goes, “It kills two birds with one stone,” since everyone needs to eat and those who furnish the food need a productive outlet. Initial plans call for the farmers’ market to be held on a weekly basis in late spring, summer and early fall and at least monthly throughout the winter. The kick-off date of April 17, which falls on a Sunday this year, is especially noteworthy since it almost guarantees a captive audience due to its coincidental scheduling with the park’s highly touted equestrian show and the everpopular flea market.

Indeed, the curious and those simply taking a break from the latter events will almost certainly affect a spike in patronage to this seminal presentation of the farmers’ market on April 17. For additional information about the market and other events, contact the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department offices at 845-724-5691.


The first part of April heralds the start of the fishing season in Union Vale. Parks & Recreation Director Rob Mattes recently reminded us that prospective anglers who wish to enjoy the fare at Tymor Park will need to secure a town permit in addition to the usual New York State fishing permit. It just takes a brief visit to the Town Hall, where a very accommodating town clerk, Mary Lou DeForest, will guide you in the process. Although permits are required, admission for Union Vale residents to Tymor Park for fishing is free. Non-residents will pay a fee of $30 for each person. Stay tuned to this column or contact the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department offices at 845-724-5691 for information on the upcoming Fishing Derby. In the past, all prospective anglers brought the necessary equipment, fished for free and enjoyed a delicious barbecue. Currently, a bevy of Parks & Recreation Department employees are busy at work repairing washout damage from earlier rains that wrought compromise to various structural elements along the park’s main venue for fishing. > continued on next page

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Defensive Driving Course Northern Dutchess Paramedics Training Center will host a 6-hour “I Drive Safely” defensive driving class at the training center, 3 Hook Rd., Rhinebeck, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31. The class runs from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. each evening. The class is approved for point and insurance reduction by New York State DMV. Participants can reduce points on their license as well as save 10% on their insurance. Participants must attend both sessions. Cost is $50 per person with reductions for groups of three or more who register together and senior citizens. For further information and registration, call 845-876-0338, ext. 4.

‘Super Sitters’ Northern Dutchess Hospital’s next “Super Sitters” program will be held Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the NDH cafeteria conference room. > continued on next page {24} march 23, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

St. Francis scores with Hoops for Duff Danielle Perry and Kathy O’Connor tally up the proceeds from the St. Francis Hospital Hoops for Duff fundraiser held at the Hyde Park Brewery on Sunday. Photo by Jim Langan.

Benefit will help family pay for boy’s treatment BY GHAIDA TASHMAN The Second Annual Benefit for Thaddeus Haklerode, a 2-year-old boy with Ohtahara Syndrome, will be held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on April 1, at 6 p.m. Thaddeus is now in stable condition and hasn’t been hospitalized since last year’s benefit. However, he has had continuous seizers, and is still receiving treatment and therapy. Money raised will go toward Thaddeus’s medical bills, and will help his family pay for changes being made at their home because of Thaddeus’s condition. Raffles and a silent auction will be held during the benefit, which will also feature dinner and dancing. Tickets are $65 per person. Paid reservations are required on or before March 27. For more information, contact Charles or Alicia at 845-233-4311.


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Due to various topographical features, the lay of the road, the abundance of moisture throughout the winter months, the pre-spring runoff and several other factors contributing to excessive amounts of water along Wisseman Road, residents in the area have expressed concerns about safety. Gene Simco, a parcel owner and producer of “The Gene Simco Show,” publicly noted the potential for massive erosion of various properties like his that border Wisseman Road. Fred Telesco, who owns adjacent farmland, stated this past Sunday he had engaged the services of a private contractor with a backhoe and mechanical shovel to remove tree branches and similar debris that might otherwise cause a backup of water and contribute to erosion along Wisseman Road. Supervisor Lisette Hitsman empathized with the plight of the residents who border Wisseman Road, but noted before the Town of Union Vale can do anything with regard to rerouting the flow of water or changing the topographic disposition of the land, it must secure the written permission of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

community E-MAIL YOUR LISTING TO CALENDAR@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page The program, taught by Kelly DeBenedictus, family life educator, offers adolescents age 11 and up a chance to learn and excel at babysitting skills. A $25 fee includes lunch. To register, call 845-876-2693.

Thaddeus with his mom Alicia, above, and dad Charles last year. Courtesy photos.

Dutchess Peace Meeting Dutchess Peace will meet Monday, April 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Poughkeepsie Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeespie, to plan antiwar and antirecruitment activities. Those interested in peace and social justice are invited. Call 845-876-7906 for more information. ‘Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter’ The Marist College Public Praxis Program, Women Make Movies and Dutchess Peace will host a free screening of the film “Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter” on Tuesday, April 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Marist College’s Fontaine Hall (north entrance, first building on left) in the Henry Hudson Room. Following the film, a discussion will be held. For more information, contact

The DEC people have a well-earned reputation for visiting very harsh punishments upon individuals and jurisdictions that fail to comply with even the most seemingly insignificant dictums that the agency has promulgated. Unfortunately, in situations like the one on Wisseman Road, where an expedient writ of permission from the agency could well avert a safety problem, the DEC moves with the speed of a glacier. To this end, it has held up any and all efforts of improvement in Union Vale while it languishes in what appears to be an infinite period of “review” before finally making a decision, which never fails to add more cost to the enterprise. Indeed, every time the DEC has been approached for guidance on issues in the past, such as the repair of the Furnace Pond Dam in Tymor Park, the agency responds with a brand-new set of regulations and parameters which, of course, burden the town with even higher expenses. Currently, Town Engineer Larry Paggi is in the process of contacting the DEC to see if permission for action of an emergency nature can be dispensed without the jurisdiction having to wait endlessly for the results of another review.

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Tivoli Penny Social The Village of Tivoli Recreation Committee will host its First Annual Penny Social on April 8 at the Tivoli Masonic Hall, 7 North Rd., Tivoli. Doors open at 5 p.m. and calling will begin at 6:30 p.m. A 50/50 raffle, refreshments and prizes for adults and children will be available. All proceeds benefit Tivoli Community Day, scheduled for July 16. Call 845757-1003 or 845-757-3261 for more information. Rotary Wrestling Tournament Red Hook Rotary will be holding its 23rd Annual Kids Round-Robin Wresting Tournament on Saturday, April 9, at Linden Avenue School, Red Hook. The tournament is open to all youngsters between the ages of 5 and 14. They are divided by age and weight. No experience is necessary. All participants must be full-time students can be members of a wrestling club, but not a member of a varsity high school wrestling team. The tournament is limited to the first 125 who sign up. Further information can be found at www. Taste of Rhinebeck Northern Dutchess Hospital’s seventh annual Taste of Rhinebeck food festival will be held Tuesday, April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Village of Rhinebeck. Proceeds will benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. Wristbands are $75 each if purchased before Tuesday, April 5, and $100 after that date. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the NDH Foundation Office at 845-871-3505, or you can register online at

the film, a discussion will be held. For more information, contact Celebration of Dutch Heritage Rhinebeck Reformed Church, located on the corner of Route 9 and South Street, will host a celebration of Dutch heritage and the history and architecture of Rhinebeck on Saturday, April 16. A traditional Dutch luncheon begins at noon, followed by tours of the historic sanctuary and Revolutionary War churchyard, a media presentation on Rhinebeck history and architecture, and a walking tour of the village. Tickets are $12 if purchased before April 12 and $15 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 845-876-3548 or email Spring Fiesta Friends of Red Hook Public Library’s Spring Fiesta will be held Saturday, April 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Red Hook Firehouse on Firehouse Lane. Live music will be provided by the band Soñando. Tickets are $20 per person ($10 for children younger than 12). All proceeds will benefit Friends of Red Hook Public Library. Tickets may be purchased at Red Hook Public Library, O’Leary’s Restaurant, from Sandy, or at the door. Call 845-758-3241 for more information.


Upcoming Senior Citizen Prom Rhinebeck High School’s Annual Senior Citizen Prom, featuring a Hawaiian Luau theme and dancing to the music of Russ Allen, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from noon to 4 p.m., at the high school/middle school complex on North Park Road in Rhinebeck. Past Senior Citizen Prom caterers Ray and Sue Germann are creating an enticing tropical dinner. Tickets are $16 and reservations can be made by calling the school at 845-871-5500, ext. 5501. Students will assist in serving the meal. Senior citizen singles, couples and groups are welcome. The deadline for reservations is Monday, April 4. Senior ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, April 13, at the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services first-floor conference room, 27 High St. in Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an Identification Card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call Aging Services at 845-486-2555 for more information. 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 Wednesday, April 20. The program will take place at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. to noon. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Division of Aging Services at 845-486-2555.

‘Countdown to Zero’ The Marist College Public Praxis Program, Women Make Movies and Dutchess Peace will host a free screening of the film “Countdown to Zero” on Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Marist College’s Fontaine Hall (north entrance, first building on left) in the Henry Hudson Room. Following Hudson valley news | | march 23, 2011 {25}


‘Pistol-packing’ Eleanor Roosevelt The usual political theory is that Republicans and conservatives are progun and Democrats and liberals are antigun. It wasn’t always that way, however, as proven by the actions of Hyde Park’s most famous woman, Eleanor Roosevelt.


It went unreported at the time, but Eleanor had refused Secret Service protection ever since the very first day FDR was elected to the presidency in 1932. She was given a .38 pistol to use for self-protection, and even took shooting lessons at the FBI shooting range. According to White House servants, she kept it in a bedroom drawer, and never took it anywhere before the president died. It was a good thing that she didn’t, because J. Edgar Hoover claimed that she had the worst aim he had ever seen. However, a park ranger at Val-Kill recently told this columnist that she carried the .38 when she was in Hyde Park and was a good marksman. Who knows? World history is better for the fact that she never had to use it.

Eleanor Roosevelt fires her .38 pistol in 1934.

had his agents compile over 4,000 pages about Eleanor in a surveillance file. Everything was in the file, from innocent photos of her with personal friends to audio recordings of her with Joseph Lash, a man less than half her age, who she felt safe in speaking of her personal feelings. When the FBI heard about the $25,000 Ku Klux Klan bounty, Hoover told Eleanor, “We can’t protect you. You can’t go.” Her answer was, “I didn’t ask for your protection … I have a commitment. I’m going.”


Before the rise to prominence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Eleanor was the

Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Cook check one of Eleanor’s targets in 1934. FDR Library photos.


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most famous spokesperson for civil rights. She said once, “We can’t afford to have two kinds of citizens. We must have equal citizenship for anybody in our country.” She also backed up her words with action. In 1958, when she was in her 70s, she was invited to speak at a civil rights workshop at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. The publicity generated before the event angered the Ku Klux Klan, which put a $25,000 bounty on her head.


J. Edgar Hoover was never a fan of Eleanor because of her “trouble making.” In fact, he disliked her so much that he


After flying to Nashville Airport with her concealed .38 (she had a permit) in her handbag, she was joined by another white elderly lady, aged 71. The pair drove off in the night through Ku Klux Klan territory to meet their “commitment.” Never known for their keen intellect, the Klan must have screwed up her arrival time at the airport or perhaps the $25,000 bounty was just a bluff. At any rate, Eleanor and her friend were not attacked. Thank God!

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William H. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Randall, 81, passed away peacefully at home on Monday March 14, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Born February 10, 1930, in Flushing, New York, he was the son of the late Elmer D. Randall and Eva Harmon Randall. Mr. Randall attended Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie, NY, and graduated in 1948 from the Lincoln High School in Canton, OH. On July 27, 1957 in Hague, New York, Bill married Carolyn Decker Randall. She survives him at home. He honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked in highway construction for many years. Bill was a retiree of the Laborers International Union of North America Local 1000. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. After retirement, Bill enjoyed traveling and gardening. He took special pride in his flower gardens. Mr. Randall was a member of the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, New York. He was also a member of the Hague Historical Society, as well as the Red Hook Golf Club and Red Hook Boat Club. He was a former manager and player for the Northern Dutchess Softball League. In addition to his wife Carolyn, Bill is survived by a daughter, Debra Welsh and her husband Robin of Red Hook, NY; a son, Michael Randall of Rhinebeck, NY; grandchildren, Daniel P. Barnes of Albuquerque, NM; Kacie Barnes of Gardiner, NY; and Cody Welsh of Red Hook, NY; as well as two nieces, Jarna Maniguet of Pine Bush, NY and Jessica Regelski of Webster, NY; and two nephews, William Randall and Douglas Randall of Oklahoma City, OK. He was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Randall, in 1983. Calling hours were Friday, March 18, 2011, 3 to 6 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. A Memorial Service was held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Fr. Richard McKeon Jr. of the Church of the Messiah officiated. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 34 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401, or the Starr Library, 66 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To sign the online register, visit


Ralph F. Scandinaro, 94, a Poughkeepsie resident since 2005 and previously of Rye, NY, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital. Along with his wife, Mr. Scandinaro owned and operated the former Lee Ann Cleaners in Port Chester, NY. Ralph was a communicant of St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Hyde Park, and formerly the Resurrection Church in Rye.



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In his younger years, he enjoyed playing golf, hunting, and fishing. More recently, he became active with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club 60â&#x20AC;?, a senior group in the Town of Poughkeepsie. He especially enjoyed playing cards at his home with his regular group of guys. Ralph also enjoyed making trips to the Mohegan Sun Casino and OTB, and online trading in the stock market. Mr. Scandinaro proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of VFW Post #1576 and American Legion Post #0093, both in Port Chester. Born in Marion, Indiana on January 19, 1917, he was the son of the late Dominick and Maria Lenginesi Scandinaro. He was a graduate of Mamaroneck High School. On August 25, 1940 in Holy Rosary Church, Port Chester, he married Rose Vaccaro. His wife of seventy years predeceased him on November 16, 2010. He is survived by three daughters, Ann Rosa of Poughkeepsie, Lee Ptasienski and husband, Stanley â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Topperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, of Poughkeepsie, and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and husband, Michael, of Royal Palm Beach, FL; eight grandchildren, Stanley Ptasienski and wife, Lisa, of Poughkeepsie, Ralph Ptasienski of Poughkeepsie, Thor Mikelic and wife, Sandra, of Beacon, Wolfe Mikelic of Fishkill, Vanja Mikelic and wife, Danielle, of Poughkeepsie, Mike Hollingsworth and wife, Rachel, of Boynton Beach, FL, Chris Hollingsworth of Poughkeepsie, and Maryanne Sabatino and husband, Ray, of Mastic, NY; nine great grandchildren, Makayla and Mackenzie Ptasienski, Devin Bruce (Mikelic), Peyton and Jordyn Mikelic, and Trisha, Joe, Britnee, and Dante Sabatino; several great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carmel Loddo and husband, Nicholas, of Rye; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Sammy Scandinaro. There are no calling hours. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, Hudson View Dr., Poughkeepsie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School, 6 Fr. Cody Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit

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Articles of Organization of Limited Liability Company Under the name Clear View Statistics, LLC were filed with The Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 22nd, 2011. Office Location: 32 Connelly Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12580. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC c/o Dr.Joseph Caruso, 32 Connelly Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12580. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Application for Authority of FlowTech, LLC filed with Secretary of State, state of New York (SSNY) on November 24, 2010. Formed in PA on 10/27/09. Office Location: Dutchess County Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal address at 652 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031. Purpose: Any lawful activity NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: TOUCAN RECYCLING & CARTING, LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on January 21, 2011. Office Location: Dutchess County 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 South Quaker Ln, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Notice of Formation of Rhinebeck Route 9 LLC, a domestic LLC . Arts. of Org. field with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/23/08. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 6367 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Flavor the Cow waves to drivers and passersby at Stewart’s in Red Hook. She was there to celebrate the store’s 30th anniversary on Friday. Photo by Christopher Lennon. Hudson Valley JULY 28- AUGUST 3, 2010

William Jacobs talks about his support of the library expansion.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY JIM LANGAN The historic Staatsburg Library hosted an open house Sunday to dedicate its new children’s room and a meeting room. The library traces its roots to the 1850s, when it was a one-room chapel. In 1891, it was the Reading Room and became “The Staatsburg Library Society” in 1893. The funding for the expansion came from a broad cross section of current and former residents. According to Dennis Eagan, President of the Friends of the Staatsburg Library, donations ran the gamut from $5 to $5,000. The primary benefactor of the expansion was the William Jacobs family,

which donated nearly $120,000 in memory of Gladys Jacobs. Also contributing generously were John and Gloria Golden. During Sunday’s event, John Golden reminded the audience that before there was a high school in Hyde Park, there was one in Staatsburg, which Golden attended. As the ribbon was cut, the original bell from the Staatsburg High School was rung. The bell adorns the entrance to the Library. Among those honored for their efforts in getting the expansion built were Bob and Judy Linville, Lenny Miller and Lorraine Rothman, Staatsburg Library director.












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