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MARCH 2-8, 2011




LEGO League tourney at DCC


Hunting for a Cure in Poughkeepsie


Sad farewell to Det. John Falcone

Dr. Michael Feraldi was transporting vintage aircraft to air show. Full story on page 2. Police and Coast Guard officials attempt to raise the plane from the icy Hudson River on Sunday. Photo by Todd Gay.


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A local man found himself in a heap of trouble after he allegedly spent a night slashing the tires of as many as 10 vehicles. According to Hyde Park Police, on Saturday evening, around 10 p.m., officers responded to a local restaurant on Route 9 after it was reported several vehicles’ tires had been slashed at that location. Officers investigated and found tires on three vehicles had been vandalized at the restaurant, and soon realized the tires of two other vehicles parked at a nearby gas station had also been slashed, according to police. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate a suspect, police said. Hours later, Sgt. Dean Robinson and Officer Sean Phillips responded to a second Hyde Park eatery after police learned the suspect was in the parking lot. According to police, the suspect fled on foot and was pursued by officers, who caught up to the man behind the Sunoco gas station on Route 9. Police say the man was armed with a knife and had to be taken down at gunpoint. The knife was taken from the suspect and he was placed in custody. It was later reported that several more tires had been slashed at the second restaurant, police said. The suspect, identified as Alvin Talley, 53, of Hyde Park, was transported to police headquarters. A subsequent investigation revealed although Talley was armed with a knife, he used an ice pick to puncture the tires, police said. Officers retraced Talley’s steps during the early morning hours

Sunday, and were able to recover the ice pick, which was placed into evidence, according to police. Talley was charged with one count of criminal mischief in the second degree, a class-D felony; and eight counts of criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony. He was arraigned on the nine felony counts Sunday morning before Judge David Steinberg in Hyde Park Justice Court and was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He is to reappear in court March 3 at 6 p.m. Police say additional charges may be forthcoming as more incidents of vandalism are reported. Police anticipate charging Talley with six or more additional counts as the investigation continues. Police believe as many as 10 vehicles were struck, with some having more than one tire slashed.



The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Shawn R. Coon, 20, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Feb. 20 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Michael C. Destefano, 19, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Feb. 21 for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. • Michael V. Maurer, 27, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Feb. 21 for aggravated DWI and DWI, both misdemeanors. • Jeffrey E. Capers, 22, of Millbrook, was arrested on Feb. 24 for DWI, a misdemeanor. • Matthew White, 24, of Hopewell Junction, was arrested on Feb. 26 for DWI, a misdemeanor. • Kristoffer M. Whalen, 33, of Saugerties, was arrested on Feb. 26 for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class-A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class-A misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

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Vintage jet plummets north of Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge BY JIM LANGAN Dr. Michael Faraldi, a 38-year-old resident of Germantown, was killed after the BAC-Strikemaster jet plunged nose first into the icy Hudson River on Saturday. Faraldi was a successful and popular surgically trained podiatrist affiliated with a practice in the Northern Dutchess Hospital building on Montgomery Street. According to witnesses, Faraldi’s jet was attempting a 90-degree climb when it appeared to lose power and roll over before crashing.






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Faraldi had just picked the aircraft up in Nashville and had told some friends and colleagues he would do a flyover on his way home. Initial reports indicate Faraldi may also have been putting the aircraft through its paces for the benefit of a half dozen friends gathered at the Kingston-Ulster Airport. Witnesses told Hudson Valley News they heard the jet flying low over their residential neighborhood, which is adjacent and north of the airport. Reports indicate the jet was too large for the relatively short runway and that Faraldi was headed to nearby Ghent Airport, which is equipped to land a jet of that size. Investigators will attempt to determine if the pilot was simply doing a flyby or was performing aerial maneuvers for his friends. “This is a residential neighborhood. I’m very sorry about what happened to the doctor but I just hope he wasn’t putting anybody else’s life in danger by doing stunts,” said a witness who requested anonymity. On Sunday, efforts to raise the aircraft, which was submerged in ice and mud, were successful. The wreckage was taken to a salvage yard in Kingston for examination by FAA investigators. Faraldi’s body was recovered from the cockpit. An autopsy indicated Faraldi died from multiple force trauma. Faraldi leaves behind a wife and two children.

Hillside names officials, bestows awards BY HV NEWS STAFF

RHINEBECK OFFICIALS TACKLE DAUNTING SIDEWALK ISSUES This section of sidewalk on Livingston Street has broken and been pushed upward by tree roots.

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON “Don’t step on a crack or you’ll fall and break your back.” In many sections of Rhinebeck, this is a warning pedestrians would be wise to heed. It’s no secret that sidewalks in many sections of the Village of Rhinebeck are in a pretty severe state of disrepair, as over the years, many bluestone and concrete slabs have cracked or been pushed out of alignment. Now, though, the village board is working to address the sidewalk issue with the formation of a Pedestrian Task Force, which has been meeting for the past five months to study how other communities have addressed pedestrian issues and make recommendations on how the broken sidewalks can be repaired, where sidewalks are needed and how this undertaking can be funded. On Thursday, the Pedestrian Task Force presented its findings to the village board. Terry Gipson, a village trustee and liaison to the task force, said while previous administrations have attempted to tackle the sidewalk issue, this time around the village is armed with comprehensive recommendations and a detailed map of the village’s sidewalks, courtesy of Dutchess County Planning. “This board, because of these people (on the task force), now has all the answers that previous boards did not have,” Gipson said. “They’ve given the board a full menu, saying this is what you have to do to solve this.” Part of what makes this problem so difficult is that according to village code, sidewalks are the responsibility of the abutting property owner. In other words, if the sidewalk in front of your house is falling apart, it’s up to you to pay for the repairs. According to Gipson, though, the code is vague and doesn’t really indicate what

an acceptable sidewalk looks like. One of the things recommended by the task force is the inclusion of a diagram that shows what an acceptable sidewalk would look like. The task force also recommended stipulating when repairs must be made and what materials should be used in building them. “(The code) is hard to enforce because it’s very vague,” Gipson said. The task force also came up with recommendations on how these fixes can be funded. One option, according to Gipson, is to begin a percentage assistance program, through which the village would provide a portion of the funding to repair a sidewalk. Another option would be a stipulation that says a home cannot be sold until its abutting sidewalks pass inspection. Gipson says this would allow homeowners to factor the cost of repairing the sidewalks into the price of their home. The village could also bond for funding to fix the sidewalks itself; meaning homeowners would not have to pay the repair bill. Gipson said, though, this could result in a tax increase. The village could also create sidewalk districts, wherein residents would share the cost of repairing an entire district’s sidewalks through their taxes. Gipson said the village could also look for grant money to fund the repairs, but said grant funding is getting harder to come by. Village lawmakers will now have to study these recommendations and come up with a plan. Gipson said he is confident that significant headway can be made by this time next year. “It should be interesting to see how this develops,” he said. “The real work for the board has just started.”

Members of the Hillside Fire Department recently elected the department’s officers for the coming year and presented local firefighters with awards for service during the annual Installation of Officers and Awards Dinner. Hillside, which provides fire protection for the southern part of Rhinebeck and the northern part of Hyde Park, is celebrating 80 years of service to the community this year. During the dinner, Chief Sean Hansen, First Assistant Chief Gary Kish, Second Assistant Chief Joe Schell, Capt. Dan Kaelin (EMT), First Lt. Tim Feroe, Second Lt. John Harrison and Safety Officer Matt Volk were all re-elected to their respective posts. Also, Mark Long was elected fire police captain and Dave Harris was the pick for fire police lieutenant. A number of members were also elected to administrative posts. John McGuire and David Leary, both former chiefs of Hillside, were re-elected president and vice president respectively. Also, Mark Long was elected secretary and Joe Prout was elected treasurer. All officers were sworn in by Rhinebeck Town Justice William Sanchez. Following the election of officers, Linda

Forbes, president of the Rhinebeck Heart Safe Club, presented the fire department with an AED unit that will be installed in the Hillside firehouse. Firefighter John McGuire, current president and former chief, was honored by the department as “Fireman of the Year” for 2010 for his outstanding service to the department. Rhinebeck Supervisor Tom Traudt and Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino presented former Chief Dennis McGuire with plaques and a “Thank You” from the fire department for his 50 years of active service. Service and appreciation pins were presented to firefighter Brian O’Neil for 10 years of active service; firefighter Daniel Hues for 20 years of active service and lifetime membership; and former Chief Darren Forbes for 30 years of active service. Certificates of appreciation were presented to former Fire Police Capt. Brian O’Neil, former Fire Police Lt. Jeremy O’Neil and former Treasurer Lloyd Hamilton for their past service as officers of the department by Chief Sean Hansen. The Hillside Fire Department invites those interested in becoming firefighters to call 845-876-3307 for information.

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Many of us have fond memories of playing with LEGOs, those small, colorful blocks that could be used to create just about anything you could imagine. But how many of us saw our LEGO creations actually come to life right before our eyes? A number of young scientists and engineers in training did just that on Saturday, as Dutchess Community College hosted the 2011 Hudson Valley FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and

Technology) LEGO League Tournament. Teams of up to 10 youngsters used LEGO blocks and other components to build robots designed to complete specific tasks. The theme of this year’s competition was “Body Forward,” and all of the tasks the teams’ robots performed mimicked the challenges biomedical engineers face in their efforts to address injuries and maximize the body’s potential.

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Pictured, clockwise from top left: The Robotic Rams of George Fischer Middle School in Carmel take on Bionic Brains, a team representing Ichabod Crane Middle School in Kinderhook; Winners of the LEGO League Championship tournament were awarded trophies, which, of course, were made of yellow LEGOs; Young engineer Siddhartha Duri (right), of the team Robo Rexasaurus, teaches a youngster and his father how to operate “Rex,” a robot the team designed that transports small items across a bridge; Engineering professors from West Point display Packbots, which the Army uses for recognizance and disarming bombs.

At the end of the day, a number of trophies – made with yellow LEGOs – were awarded to the winning teams. Peter Gadsby, who coached Rhinebeck’s Tobor team, said the tournament is a good way to encourage youngsters who may not be into sports.

Tobor, which is made up of eight local youngsters, practiced each week for three hours at the Bard College Robotics Lab in preparation for the tournament. “It’s about getting them, as a group, to start thinking about solving problems,” Gadsby said.


Family cannot heal until lawmakers act BY JACQUELINE AXT

Theresa Mort, wife of the late John B. Mort, and Danielle Grosse attend the Hunting for a Cure benefit for the Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital.

Hunting for a Cure supports St. Francis Cancer Center STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

When John B. Mort passed away from lung cancer in November 2009, his niece, Danielle Grosse, decided rather than focusing on the pain of losing a loved one, she would organize a fundraiser to help the Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital fight the disease. Last year, Grosse hosted the first Hunting for a Cure benefit, which was so successful, she decided to do it again this year. She says that first fundraiser helped her cope with the loss of her uncle. “There was a lot of negative energy, so I decided to focus on positive energy and do a benefit,” Grosse said. “Next thing

you know, we had a huge event and raised $20,000.” Grosse says it is important to support the Cancer Center at St. Francis, which is expanding into a comprehensive facility on par with hospitals like Sloan Kettering. Hunting for a Cure, held Sunday at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, featured raffles, silent and live auctions and music by The Differents with Vito Petroccitto. Some of the big-ticket auction items included signed sports memorabilia and a guitar signed by members of the Dave Matthews Band. For more information on Hunting for a Cure, visit

Guests browse silent auction items at the fundraiser.

On July 29, my sister, Linda AxtRiccardulli, was murdered by her estranged husband in cold blood in front of her daughter. She was a victim of domestic violence and her husband had been jailed for one month for this crime. He was charged with multiple domestic violencerelated felonies. He held my sister and my nieces at gunpoint, in front of police. Even then, one month later, he was released on bail and two days later, ambushed her in her home as she slept. The horror of this act is immeasurable. How could such a horrendous crime take place? Something must be done. My niece and I, working with Alyssa Kogon and Maria DiBari, held a press conference asking for changes in domestic violence laws. We stood outside the Poughkeepsie Courthouse together and as painful and difficult as it was, we were anxious to be heard. We thought we could bring about change. Imagine our disappointment when not one person from any local domestic violence organization, or state government official, even bothered to show up to show support. The media was there. They listened as we told our story. The press conference was televised on a local station and covered by the local paper. Still, no elected official reached out to us. No one was listening. It

was disheartening. Maybe one victim, two deaths and a single family destroyed was not enough to convince lawmakers that a change is needed. Since my sister was murdered, six more domestic violence-related deaths have occurred in Dutchess County. A total of eight lives have been lost in less than seven months. The death toll climbing, and still no movement, no changes in legislation or protocol in handling domestic violence have been made. A closed-door committee in place to address the issue has produced no results, and is not accountable to anyone. With every report of a domestic violence death, it is like Linda is being murdered again. Our wounds are ripped open and we feel helpless. Our advocates write letters and draft proposals for changes, but they stall on desks or fall on deaf ears. Linda’s children cannot heal until changes are made. How can we ask victims to stand up against abusers when the system turns them away and puts the abusers back on the street to hurt, and, yes, kill? Someone in power must listen. Someone must stand up, make this their mission and make changes. Lawmakers must acknowledge that the laws must change and act. Polices and procedures must change. Innocent people are dead and families devastated. How many more lives must be lost before something is done? Respond to this column at editorial@ Jacquelline Axt has been working tirelessly to promote public awareness of domestic violence.

Honda dealership celebrates record-breaking year


Friendly Honda of Poughkeepsie recently announced it broke a sales record in 2010, despite the sluggish economy. The dealership finished the year as the fourth-highest volume dealer in its region, which includes 91 other dealerships, from the Hudson Valley to Maine, according to Friendly Honda. “We feel very fortunate to remain the largest auto dealership of all brands in the Hudson Valley and the highest volume Honda dealer between the New York metro area and Boston,” said Friendly Honda owner Eric Kahn. “Honda continues to provide great products with exceptional value and we continue to strive to give our customers unparalleled service and a truly unique dealership experience. “I’m also really excited about our used car growth,” he continued. “Friendly

Honda has become a true destination center in the Hudson Valley for certified pre-owned Hondas and used cars of all makes.” The dealership was also ranked 69th in the nation in new Honda sales and 39th in the sale of pre-owned Hondas nationwide, according to the dealership.


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Nobody in New York State envies the governor and the legislators in Albany as they prepare a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. By law, the state’s budget has to be balanced, and current indications disturbingly point to massive cuts in education to accomplish the budget balancing act to close a $10 billion deficit. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget calls for a 10% reduction for the state university system and $1.5 billion in cuts to state aid for school districts across New York State, including over $21.5 million for Dutchess County school districts. If the state Legislature approves Cuomo’s plan, school boards will have to make severe cuts in staff, eliminate academic programs, increase class size and reduce essential services in order to avoid dramatic increases in property taxes. The City of Poughkeepsie School District alone would have to eliminate 90 positions to avoid a tax increase, and the Arlington

District would cut 57 positions with a 4.4% tax increase. All of us will have to share in the effects of balancing the state budget, but the cuts being contemplated for our schools are unconscionable and pose a real and present threat to the quality of education in our local schools. At a time when national, state and local political and business leaders consistently demand improvements in education to ensure the U.S. is going to maintain its leadership in the world, how can the State of New York seriously contemplate such drastic cuts to education? Two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that democracy and orderly government cannot be sustained without an educated electorate; Jefferson strongly advocated for high-quality, universal public education. All of us – not just students and their parents – benefit from an educated populace. We all expect qualified, well-educated people to hold the positions we depend on daily, from the bank tellers who explain new interest rates, to the hospital workers who conduct sophisticated tests, to the mechanics who tend to our cars. The world has become more complicated and more competitive, and our schools are constantly pressured to improve education and update methods of instruction. School districts must comply with numerous unfunded mandates from the State of New York. Even when those





Monday’s Hyde Park Town Board meeting was more boring than the Oscars. It looks like most residents have turned the page on these clowns and are hoping they don’t do too much more damage on their way out. Fewer and fewer people even bother showing up. Everything is done behind closed doors by closed minds. Walt Doyle’s knee is on the mend and he’ll be literally hopping mad when he learns his bills still haven’t been paid. {6} march 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

mandates are worthwhile and beneficial a more just reform, whereby school district for students, it makes no sense, in justice, property taxes rates would be based on for the State of New York not only to not income levels with a sliding scale, similar fund those mandates, but also, now, to to the way state and federal income taxes actually cut state aid to school districts and are paid. The “circuit breaker” would then place an arbitrary cap on spending. result in decreased property taxes for most p Our schools will not be able to sustain property owners, with the largest decreases the delivery of quality given to those on education for our limited or fixed students with the level Quality education is incomes, and increased of cuts coming from not cheap, teachers taxes for those who Albany this year. earn above-average are not overpaid We have all read incomes. Traditionally, of the ills of society: the property tax was and education dysfunctional families, used to support schools availability of legal and when property was programs have illegal drugs, stressonly owned by the to be constantly induced psychological wealthy. A “circuit problems and severe breaker” system improved if learning and behavior would return us to the disorders. Classroom tradition that those America is to teachers and support who can afford higher personnel have to deal remain competitive taxes pay higher taxes. with these and countless All of us have a vested, in the world. other problems on a crucial interest in daily basis, even as they maintaining the fabric do their best to provide quality education of our society through a strong public to 21st century students. The New York school system. We are all in this together. Times reports that students in the United Before cutting one penny from state aid States rank eighth in the world in math and to school districts, the state Legislature science scores – behind Korea, Singapore, should reinstate, at least partially, the stock Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Netherlands, transfer tax on Wall Street transactions Finland and New Zealand. Quality and increase the state income tax rate for education is not cheap, teachers are not millionaires to the levels of the 1990s. overpaid and education programs have to be Recent opinion polls conducted by Siena constantly improved if America is to remain College, Marist College and Quinnipiac competitive in the world. More money, by University report that 70% to 80% of New itself, without good planning, might not Yorkers overwhelmingly favor these two improve education, but less money now will tax reforms instead of cuts to school aid. certainly hurt the quality of our schools. The If a school program is not working, children who suffer these losses will affect eliminate it. If a state mandate is all of us sooner or later. outdated, eliminate it. If a state mandate The governor, with support from the is worthwhile, the state should fund it. If state Senate, has also proposed a 2% tax school superintendents make higher salaries cap on any increase in local property than the state’s governor, reduce and cap taxes unless 60% of the voters in any those salaries. If program efficiencies can school district approve an increase above be found, implement them. the 2% cap. This is not a viable solution. Quality public schools are integral to the In other states, notably California and success of our economy, our democracy Massachusetts, such caps resulted in and our property values. Call your state deterioration of quality in public schools senator and assemblyman and, in fairness, and exacerbated disparities in quality urge support for circuit breaker tax reform, among school districts in those states, as the return of the stock transfer tax and the wealthier districts overrode the caps and repeal of tax breaks for millionaires before poorer districts made cuts and suffered laying off classroom teachers, increasing losses in the quality of their schools. class size, and eliminating effective school Most property owners have long ago programs. reached their limits on what they can afford to pay, but the solution is not a simple tax Bill McCabe can be reached at cap. Rather, a “circuit breaker” approach is

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carried the flag for their teams. But what was truly special about these three stars was they all played in the same city at the same time. You OPINION could go to Yankee Stadium and watch USUALLY Mickey Mantle one night and cross the Harlem River the next day and watch RIGHT the incomparable Mays roam center field. Giants fans were always torn BY JIM LANGAN because it was against their religion to travel to Brooklyn to see the Dodgers, WILLIE, MICKEY AND but they got around that by waiting until Snider and the Dodgers came to the Polo THE DUKE If you were lucky enough to live in Grounds. But it was the way these men New York in the 1950s, you were in comported themselves both on and off baseball heaven. New York had three the field that has me teams and each had a waxing nostalgic. Hall of Fame center Maybe it was that thug fielder. The Yankees on the Mets beating had Mickey Mantle, You never saw up his baby momma’s the Oklahoma farm father in the “Family boy who could run Mays, Mantle Room” at Citi Field, like a deer and hit or the endless parade or Snider in the 50 home runs when of tattooed criminals that really meant signing long-term paper unless it had something. The Giants contracts between had Willie Mays, something to do court appearances who could electrify that ticks me off. a crowd and win any with their exploits Too many of today’s ball game with his so-called fans look bat, glove, arm and on the field. the other way on speed. Watching Mays criminal and thuggish turn for second with activity as long as the his cap flying was player is putting up transcendent. Every kid tried to get his big numbers for the hometown team. baseball cap to fall off with the slightest The same was true about performanceacceleration. enhancing drugs. I’m not sure who that Then, there was Duke Snider, known says more about. to Brooklyn Dodger fans as “The Duke You never saw Mays, Mantle or Snider of Flatbush.” We all knew he wasn’t in the paper unless it had something to Mays or Mantle, but he was close. He do with their exploits on the field. Were actually his more home runs than Mantle they human and did their personal lives and Mays in the 1950s. So when I heard ever get off track? Of course, but you the news that Duke Snider passed away never had to read about Willie, Mickey Sunday at 84, it made me realize those or the Duke banging out eight kids with days are about over. Only Willie Mays six different mothers like you do today, survives from that golden trinity of talent. or getting arrested with a gun in the car. What makes me especially sad is Every kid wanted to be them and they knowing most of today’s kids know never disappointed you. nothing of the exploits of these three men and what they meant to baseball. When the Giants played the Dodgers, it was like watching the Yankees and the Red Sox for the price of a subway token. When the Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the 1955 World Series, they struck a blow for the working-class bum against the aristocratic Yankees. It mattered and Mays, Mantle and Snider

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But let’s finish with a story from my childhood that captures the essence of Duke Snider and the Dodgers. It was 1955 and I was in the third grade at St. John and Paul School in Larchmont. The Yankees were playing the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. For you youngsters out there, they actually played the World Series during the day back then. My teacher was a young nun from Brooklyn and a huge Dodgers fan. The Dodgers had never won the Series and the fact they might do it against the dreaded Yankees made the game even more meaningful. At some point, we were told to put our lessons away and Sister Sylvester rolled in an old black-

and-white TV. For a couple of hours, she was a girl back in Brooklyn as she watched Duke, Campy and Pee-Wee go into the ninth with the lead. When Gil Hodges squeezed his glove at first to give “Da Bums” their first ever World Series victory, I’m not sure Sister Sylvester would have noticed if Jesus himself had walked in. It was one of many magical moments provided by Willie, Mickey and The Duke. R.I.P., Duke, and thanks for the memories. Now we just have to keep Willie healthy. Jim Langan can be reached at


Democracy is not about hiding out in a different state. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker


There is a bill in Congress now that is only 135 pages. It will change our tax system from an income to a consumption tax. It is called the Fairtax Bill and it does away with all federal income taxes and the IRS and replaces it with a 23% sales tax on all first-time retail sales and services, no exemptions, no exceptions. A prebate in the bill totally un-taxes the poor and protects everyone from federal taxes up to the poverty level. It is designed to fund the federal government at present levels and fund Social Security and Medicare in the future. How can this be, you say? It’s really quite simple, my fellow taxpayers. It takes the fraud, corruption and favoritism out of the system and collects from everyone, including the underground economy – drug dealers, etc. – and 40 to 50 million visitors to our shores every year. It will create millions of new, good-paying, private-sector jobs. I say this because when a survey of 500 of the top companies in the European Union and Japan were asked what they would do if the Fairtax was passed into law in the U.S., 400 said they would build their next plant or office building here and the other 100 said they would move here because it would be the safest tax haven in the world. And what do you think our companies would be doing if suddenly there were no more business taxes, corporate taxes or the IRS to worry about? A worker would have to hide in a closet to keep from getting a job with the Fairtax in place. Go to, try the “Fairtax calculator” feature, then call, e-mail or write your members of Congress and tell them that you want this bill passed ASAP. Think about this also. Because of the income tax on workers and businesses, there is a 22% hidden federal tax on everything made or produced in the U.S. today. Most of that will go away with the elimination of the income tax and the dreaded IRS. That makes the 23% tax sound pretty good, especially when you are going to have all that extra untaxed money in your pocket. William T. Reilly Hyde Park Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews com | march 2 2, 2011 {7}




And now for this important advertisement... Please come to our spaghetti dinner! Please, oh please, oh please! Please come to our golf tournament! Please, oh please, oh please! Please come to our … I guess that’s the life of a not-forprofit organization these days. We are always trying to make money. Especially churches. Do you get tired of churches constantly doing fundraisers, constantly hounding you for donations, constantly washing your car or feeding you? Trust me, we get kind of tired of asking. So why do we do it? Two reasons: Because we need the money to do the work we’re called to, and because there is value in doing things together. Money? Yes, we need money. Most things in this world have a price, and if a church is ever to go beyond just keeping the doors open on Sunday, it will almost always require those tag sales and car washes. But wait! Don’t we have pledge drives? Don’t some churches even have investments? Yes, but it’s never enough. Keeping a building (or buildings) up and running costs a lot – and it is an everincreasing percentage of most churches’ budgets. We’ll assume the same is true for other not-for-profits. This is nothing new.

Recently, I was reading our church’s board minutes from the 1920s, and their main worry? How do we make up the budget deficit? Often, so much of the budget is taken up in overhead that the real ministry barely registers – and that means if we want to go on mission trips or feed the hungry or in our case this year, celebrate a bicentennial, it will take fundraisers. Now for a tricky question: Would we still have fundraisers if we didn’t need the money? I think we would. After all, even though they are a pain to organize and are a lot of work, it can be fun to be out there washing cars together. Don’t tell me you never did a car wash and didn’t start spraying each other. Seriously, being together – no, not just being together but working together – is so important in the life of a community. It binds us, gives us a common goal and the opportunity to learn more about each other in new ways. So, yes, we would still have the fundraisers, even if we didn’t need the money. But of course, we need the money – not to pay the bills, but in order to go out and work some more. Because our real work is to bring hope and joy to a world that has such difficulty finding it. If you want to be part of that, keep your eyes open for those dinners – they’re out there. And, yes, we are having a spaghetti dinner to raise funds to send our youth to a mission work camp in Appalachia. There’s a silent auction, too! It all occurs Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and kids. Told you it was an advertisement. 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 JIM LANGAN • It’s just about Girl Scout Cookie season and everyone has their favorite. In Naples, Florida, Hersha Howard attacked her roommate, Jasmin Wanke, at 1 a.m. when she figured out old Jasmin had hoovered her secret stash of Thin Mints. The 400-pound Howard went berserk, stabbing the woman with scissors and biting her breasts. A neighbor heard the screams and intervened. Hersha is charged with aggravated battery.

as they tow the party line. Imagine the uproar if a Fox anchor steamrolled a woman off his show.

• In Arvada, Georgia, an 11-year-old boy has been expelled from school for drawing a stick figure of himself holding a gun pointed at his teacher. The boy said he was simply doing what the school shrink suggested he do when stressed out. “She told me to draw what I’m thinking.” We probably haven’t heard the last from this young man.

• Let’s hope 45-year-old Victor Mooney has a strong back and a great iPod. Mooney shoved off from an African beach Saturday for his third attempt to row across the Atlantic. Believe it or not, it’s been done before. The first crossing was in 1896. Mooney hopes to make landfall in Brooklyn in six to eight months.

• A London ice cream parlor has been selling breast-milk ice cream. They call it “Baby Gaga” and bill it as an “organic, free-range treat.” The milk is supplied by women who answered an ad seeking those looking to make a little extra income. The owner says once people realize how delicious breast milk is, they’ll be more likely to breast feed their own children. A scoop is available for $23.

• More bad news for disgraced exCongressman Chris Lee. Two “women” say Lee solicited a Ts/cd website for a little action promising “not to disappoint.” Ts/cd is shorthand for “transgendered cross dresser.” For heaven’s sake, there had to be a few Ts/cds in the Republican cloak room.

• Joseph Mingolello of Bridgeport, Connecticut was arrested after stealing 58 containers of deodorant from a local discount store. He concealed them by stuffing them down his pants. He made a clean getaway but was identified later by surveillance video. • I don’t know about you, but wasn’t there something unseemly about CNN allowing Eliot Spitzer to run his Pulitzer Prize-winning co-host Kathleen Parker out of the building? Apparently, the egomaniacal Spitzer likes his women horizontal, not upright and speaking their minds. I guess only liberals are allowed to be misogynist pigs, as long

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• Speaking of pigs, can Charlie Sheen just shut up already? You’re welcome to your pathetic mid-life crisis, but just do it in private. Better yet, buy an island, pack up all your ex-wives, hookers, porn stars and a trunk of cocaine and leave the rest of us alone. And take Kelsey Grammer with you.

• Researchers in the U.K. report that the average British man watches an average of 11 years of television in a lifetime and spends approximately 10,500 hours in a pub. Women are said to vacuum more than 7,300 miles during their lives with these scintillating men. • Here’s a must-have item for that special someone. It’s the new Gulfstream G650, which will be the world’s fastest private jet, hitting speeds of 704 miles per hour. More than 200 have been ordered by all the predictable showoffs, like Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and a host of very rich Russians. It’s all yours for $65 million. Or you can sell your place in line for $2 million. • File these statistics under “Help me.” A U.S. Census survey says 20% of Americans can’t identify our enemies in WW II, 23% can’t identify Adolf Hitler and 43% think the Civil War happened after 1910. The most popular day to view porn is Sunday, the least is Thanksgiving Day. Must have something to do with being at Grandma’s house! Lastly, one in 31 Americans are on parole.

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Thursday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. The Mill Street Loft event Honoree is Health Quest, and Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Dutchess Community College and nationally known pop-up book artist Matthew Reinhart (pictured). Cost: $125. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4700. Photo submitted.



“The Celtic Soul of Van Morrison” March 4-6: “The Celtic Soul” is an artistic multimedia interpretation of Morrison’s legendary career and landmark work, performed by Solas An Lae. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets: $18, adults; $16, seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088.

“The Foreigner” March 4-20: Co-directed by Michael Koegel and Amy Wallace, starring Koegel in the lead role of Charlie, a pathologically shy Englishman who pretends to be a “Foreigner” who doesn’t speak English in order to get a little solitude. But before he knows it, he has overheard quite a few of the locals’ darker secrets and sinister plans. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15, general; $13, students, seniors and members of STS. Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) Playhouse, 10 Church St., Phoenicia. 845688-2279.

MUSIC The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra March 4-6: Conducted by artistic director David Leighton, presenting two works based on themes involving the armed forces, Haydn’s “Military” Symphony No. 100 and Handel’s “Dettingen” Te Deum. The program also includes Alexandra da Costa Arrieche, guest conductor; and James Ulrich, narrator; in Harold Farberman’s “The Little Girl and the Tree Branch.” Friday, 8 p.m. at Olin Hall, Bard College, River Rd., Annandaleon-Hudson; Saturday, 8 p.m. at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Ave., Kingston; Sunday, 3 p.m. at Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. Tickets: $20, adult; $5, college students. Free admission for K-12 students accompanying a ticketed adult. For more information, call 845-758-9270.

“Nothing Serious” March 3-6: A collection of Rich Orloff’s 10 most popular and acclaimed 10-minute comedies, including two dissections of theatre itself. Presented by DCC Masquers Guild. See full story on page 15. Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $5, general, are sold at the theatre 30 minutes before show times. Open seating. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM This Saturday night, the renowned singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant performs with The Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra; conducted by James Bagwell, the concert is a benefit for the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 – the group produced two platinum and four gold records by 1993. In 1994, Merchant embarked upon a solo career with a self-produced debut album, “Tigerlily.” In 2003 (and three albums NATALIE MERCHANT AND later), she independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, THE BARD CONSERVATORY “The House Carpenter’s Daughter,” on her ORCHESTRA own label, Myth America Records. 8 p.m. | Saturday, March 5 With the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Merchant will perform songs from her latest Tickets: $60-$200. recording project, “Leave Your Sleep,” as The Richard B. Fisher Center well as selected works from her extensive for the Performing Arts, Bard catalogue. “Leave Your Sleep” is an album of adaptations of the poetry of e.e. cummings, College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Ogden Nash, Robert Louis Stevenson, 845-758-7900. and Gerard Manley Hopkins into songs influenced by klezmer, bluegrass, chamber music and folk. Merchant has performed at Bard College before (she’s been a resident of the Hudson Valley for more than 20 years) – she’s been seen on stage in the Spiegeltent during Bard’s SummerScape festival, and in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, joined Dr. John, Michael Doucet and the River Road Ramblers in the Sosnoff Theater for the “Build The Levee” benefit concert. But this is her first time to appear on stage with the Conservatory student musicians. “This is my first concert with them,” she said. “I’ve been to a lot of the conservatory concerts; they are really impressive. (This) draws attention to what they are doing.” Merchant said the interaction would be interesting. “I’m looking forward to having an orchestra of eager young players,” she said. “That will be interesting, to see how they will approach the material.” Merchant and the Conservatory orchestra will have four rehearsals together, but the students have had the scores for over a month. Merchant has performed with professional symphony orchestras before, including the Boston Pops and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) last October. “Everyone is there for the love of the music,” she explained, “but everyone was still looking at their watches.” Professional musicians are constricted by union regulations regarding hours and such. “It’s a large, lumbering creature, an orchestra. I understand why they have to restrict the hours that you work. It involves a lot of people. With the students, it will be more of an exchange; we’ll play it until we get it right. It will be a bit more freeing to not be looking at the clock.” Given the incredibly positive reaction to “Leave Your Sleep,” I asked Merchant if she anticipated writing more music for that “large, lumbering creature.” “I would love too,” she said. “There is much versatility, and such a variety of texture and emotion you can evoke. I got bored with the standard pop sound. To have a whole brass section … there are ways I can color my music that are so nuanced and sophisticated.” The Conservatory Orchestra features more than 35 musicians, with string and wind instruments, piano and percussion. Merchant will also be joined on stage by special guests Uri Sharlin, piano and accordion; and Erik Della Penna, guitar and background vocals. The proceeds from this special concert will benefit students at The Bard College Conservatory of Music, as well as students enrolled in the Conservatory Preparatory Division, which offers young people between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to study music in the context of a first-class academy. For more information, call the box office at 845-758-7900.


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Wednesday, March 2 MUSIC

Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Featuring Arabesque Trio. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.


Poughkeepsie teens and their families enjoy a fresh-cooked feast at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Photo submitted.


Last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that The Building Bridges to a Hunger-Free Poughkeepsie was one of 10 planning projects nationwide to be awarded a grant from the inaugural Hunger Free Communities grant program. Initiated by the Poughkeepsie Farm Project a year ago, the Building Bridges project is a community collaboration with the aim of ensuring all residents of the City of Poughkeepsie can secure nutritious food. The grant awarded for this project provides nearly $100,000 over two years to support assessment, planning and community mobilization efforts that will result in a plan for a hunger-free community and a council to oversee the plan’s implementation. “One of the reasons that the USDA is supporting promising projects like Building Bridges is to learn more about effective strategies to reduce hunger in the United States,” said Susan Grove, executive director of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, in a press release. “Receipt of this grant represents a very exciting – and challenging – opportunity for our city. Our collaboration is motivated to take this issue of hunger head on and learn from and with our neighbors about what we can do to end it.” The Building Bridges collaborative includes representatives of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, Dutchess County Department of Health, Dutchess Outreach, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Vassar College, and other agencies and individuals. Building Bridges is seeking volunteers to participate in Community Survey Days, planned for March 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Volunteers receive an orientation on asking and recording questions about food affordability, access to grocery stores, hunger, food choices and nutrition, and are assigned a surveying partner and a list of addresses. To volunteer or for more information, contact or 845-473-1415.

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


and nationally known pop-up book artist Matthew Reinhart. Cost: $125. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4700. St. Francis Hospital Greenhouse Volunteers Plant Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Find house plants, hanging plants, cacti and more. Atrium Lobby, St. Francis Hospital, 241 North Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8130.

LECTURE “America’s Nine First Ladies From New York State” 12:30 p.m. This entertaining yet informative talk introduces audiences to the nine intriguing First Ladies of America born in New York State, and explores the social, political and economic differences among them. The DCC Spring Lyceum Series continues. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000. “President and Mrs. Roosevelt’s Spirituality” 7 p.m. Delve into the deep religious connection of our 32nd President and the First Lady. Reception follows. The Fireside Chat series continues. St. James’ Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. 845-229-2820.

Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Shaupeneak Ridge (a Scenic Hudson Park) 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 required. Meet at the Louisa Pond parking lot on Poppletown Road. This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. There is no fee for this program. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247.

SRBP Lecture Series: “What’s Bugging our Forests?” 7-8:30 p.m. Chris Zimmerman, conservation ecologist at The Nature Conservancy, helps participants learn how to identify these insects and what can be done to stop their spread. Free. Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center St., Ellenville. 845-647-5530.

Thursday, March 3

Vegetable Gardening Basics Class 6:30-8:45 p.m. Vegetable gardening basics class by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. Class covers the fundamentals of growing vegetables, from selecting varieties and planting seeds and transplants, to growing and harvesting. Meets again on March 17 and 31. Snow dates: March 24 and April 7. Cost: $80 for all four classes. Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-8223.


14th Annual Friend of The Arts Awards Fundraising Arti-Gras 5:30 p.m. The Mill Street Loft event honoree is Health Quest, and Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Dutchess Community College FIND US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: HUDSON VALLEY WEEKEND • @HVWEEKEND


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Every Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Arlington Branch Library (504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie) hosts an open game time for adults. There is no need to pre-register; drop-ins are welcome. If you have suggestions for games that you would like at these sessions (such as Scrabble, chess, Rummikub or cards), call 845-485-3445, ext. 3702. Hudson valley news | | march 2, 2011 {11}


Encaustic Paintings by Jen Bulay 5-7 p.m. Opening reception. On view through April 29. Ulster Savings Bank, 7296 South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-4020.

Community House Talent Show 6 p.m. Doors open. Show begins at 7 p.m. Featuring visual art, performances including but not limited to staged readings, performers with guitars, and the infamous Vince Durango. Morton Memorial Library & Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845876-2903.



Friday, March 4 ART

4-H Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction 6-9 p.m. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s 4-H Youth Development Fair Committee. All profits go towards making upgrades and improvements to the 4-H Buildings at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Cost: $5. For information or to donate to the auction, call 845-677-8223. Pleasant Valley Firehouse, Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley.

“Altered Books, Collages and Scrapbooking” 3-4:30 p.m. Teens are invited to make a cool collage or recycle old books with photos, ribbon, and stickers to create a personalized journal. Bring a theme and some personal photos if you like. Strba Teen Room, Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. Pre-register at www. or call 485-3445, ext. 3320.



“Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) 7:15 p.m. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman. Discussion follows. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791. SUNY Video Showcase 8 p.m. Unison hosts an evening of short videos by students of Gregory Bray, program coordinator of the media program at SUNY New Paltz. Enjoy an evening of new videos by emerging young artists. Snow date: March 5. Admission: $12, members; $16, non-members; half-price for students. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

NIGHTLIFE Calling All Poets 8 p.m. Hosted by Jim Eve, Mike Jurkovic and Robert Milby. Two-poem open mic follows featured readings by Adrianna Delgado and Jim Cotter. Refreshments available. $4 donation. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-8314988 or 831-0077. Eilen Jewell 8:30 p.m. Also with special guest The Trapps. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Jack Depietro 8:30-11 p.m. Singer-songwriter. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Jonell Mosser 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Loretta Lynn 8 p.m. The country music icon performs. The Erin Hobson Compact opens the concert. Tickets: $66 Golden Circle; $51, adult; $46, member. Ulster Performing Arts Center , UPAC, 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

Saturday, March 5 Collages by Bruce Weber 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306. “Color” 6-8 p.m. Opening reception. The members’ exhibition will be on view through March 27. Gallery hours: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday,1-5 p.m. Tivoli Artists Co-op and Gallery, 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667. “Landscape Pairings: A Solo Show by Kari Feuer” and “The Green Show” 5-8 p.m. Shared opening reception. Both exhibitions run until March 29. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. “Safari” 2:30 p.m. Pre-opening artist’s talk, “The History of Animals in Art.” 3-6 p.m., opening reception. A solo show of paintings by Eva van Rijn. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-4544500. “Star Women” 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. This exhibit features work by artist Shirley Parker-Benjamin. Deep Listening Space at the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St. (Ste. 303), Kingston. 845-338-5984.

BENEFIT Natalie Merchant and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra 8 p.m. See full story on page 10. Conducted by James Bagwell, the concert is a benefit for the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $60-$200. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bake Sale Noon-4 p.m. Visit the Mesier Park and Homestead in the Village of Wappingers; purchase homebaked pastries and cakes from noon-4 p.m. The St. Woodcocks Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the Village. 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Donate to the Wappingers Police K-9 program, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845due to the retirement of Police Canine Cody, who’s 229-8277. suffering from a debilitating spinal condition. Funds are needed to purchase a new Police K-9. Mesier PERFORMANCE Homestead Museum, Mesier Park, South Ave., 2nd Annual Morton Memorial Library and > continued on next page {12} march 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news


This week, the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County (JCCDC) will honor Molly Katz, founding member of Half Moon Theatre, for service to the community, at its annual gala on March 5. This is Half Moon Theatre’s fourth season producing contemporary theater, September through June, in Poughkeepsie and other Hudson Valley communities. The season includes two full theatrical productions, play readings and an annual benefit (“Dutchess Divas!”). I asked Katz what inspired her to create Half Moon Theatre. “I was commuting (to New York City) for almost 15 years,” she said. “Literally, we moved up here, and I got a job the next month out of town.” As an Equity actor, if she wanted to continue to work, she had to leave the immediate Hudson Valley area. Though we have Powerhouse Theater and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival during the summer, there was an absence of Equity theater during the other nine months of the year – an absence Katz keenly felt. “I commuted after I had my first child; by the second and third, I didn’t want to have to go out of town,” she said. “There wasn’t a place here for Equity theater year round in the Valley, however. And there wasn’t a theater doing the kind of plays and musicals that I wanted to bring kids or bring a friend. A little bit more contemporary or fresh from off-Broadway.” Thus, Half Moon Theatre was born, and in doing so, Katz unearthed a wealth of talented Equity artists who were also looking for opportunities in the Hudson Valley. “Our instinct was that they were here, but there was no gathering place,” she said. “We started ‘Sunday Best,’ which was a chance to get artists and directors to just sit down together and read material. Sometimes it (the plays) would be something we might do as a full production, or it would just be actors getting together to exercise their muscles.” Part of what also motivated Katz to create Half Moon Theatre was to establish a fulltime working Equity actor community in Dutchess County. “When my husband was going to medical school in Cleveland,” she explained, “I thought, like an insular New Yorker, that I would just have to stop working.” Instead, she found a thriving theater community via the Cleveland Playhouse. “They (the residents of the community) would see the actors on stage, and then see them at the grocery store. It’s very wonderful for a community to relate to its artists.” To that end, Katz shares her talent beyond the stage: In its announcement of the honor, the JCCDC noted that Katz has been an active member of the community through the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, Planned Parenthood, Powerhouse Theater and the JCCDC itself. “This may sound corny and naïve – I think most actors I know have an awareness of the world around them. Their job is to find humanity (in the characters they play). You look at the world, the community, and if you’re able to help and contribute, you do. So many people who don’t have a spare moment; I really understand that. If you have the energy and interest and drive, find ways to make the community a better place. When I went to Wesleyan University, they said, ‘if there’s something you’re interested and it’s not here, start a club.’ If you see something that doesn’t exist, like Half Moon, or like Mill Street Loft serves a community that’s underserved, you do what you can do.” Next week, audiences will be treated to one of the most lauded off-Broadway shows of last year, “Circle Mirror Transformation.” “The hardest thing is the title,” said Katz with a laugh: Non-actors probably aren’t familiar with “Circle Mirror Transformation,” which is a popular theater game. “It’s about the ways in which an acting class changes the lives of the adult students,” she > continued on next page

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explained. “We were thrilled to get the rights (to perform the play); it’s the right age range for our company, with minimal sets. We look for language and character-driving work. This is just a delightful play.” “Circle Mirror Transformation” will run from March 10 to 20 at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie. The production stars two-time Obie Award-winner Kathryn Grody, Brendan Burke, Alexandra Napier, Michael Rhodes and Annabel Barrett. To purchase tickets online, go to or call 888-71TICKETS (888718-4253). “To be able to say to my friends and neighbors, ‘I can’t wait for you to see this! You’ll just love it!” said Katz. “It’s fun to share great theater. Some nights, when people come to the theater, it’s like a party with everyone chit-chatting before the show.” That seems to be Katz’ overall mission: “Bringing people together to experience and talk about and commune around great theater.”

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FAMILY Performance by Dylan Foley and Friends 4 p.m. Enjoy traditional Irish music by award winning fiddler and a lively Irish step dancing performance. Part of the Museum’s Folk Music Series. Admission: $3. Does not include museum admission. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.



Supporting local theater Judy Collins will be performing a concert in the Sam Scripps Theatre to benefit the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Tickets cost $125 and includes a pre-show wine and cheese reception and “An Afternoon with Judy Collins.” The reception begins at 2 p.m. with the concert at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale and can be reserved through The Center’s box office at 845-876-3080.

Kate Campbell 8 p.m. The acclaimed singer-songwriter performs as part of the “Living Room Concert Series.” Reservations recommended. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791.

LECTURE Jill Reynolds 11 a.m.-noon. During the talk, local sculptor and glass artist Reynolds will present information about modern artists whose work is inspired by science and nature, such as her own. Following the talk, there will be a talk on the Gallery on the Green in Pawling. The audience can speak with Reynolds and see work by other accomplished local artists. Gallery on the Green, 7 Arch St., Pawling. 845-8555642. Reservations recommended: e-mail info@ or call 845-454-3222. Trinity Pawling School, 700 Rte. 22, Pawling.

NIGHTLIFE Dave Mason 8 p.m. Tickets: $50, reserved; $40, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Maria Hickey Band 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277. Taina Asili 8:30 p.m. The Puerto Rican vocalist performs. Tickets: $15, advance; $20, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

Sunday, March 6 BENEFIT

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m.-noon: Rhinebeck’s Boy Scout Troop 128 hosts and “all you can eat” breakfast which includes coffee or tea and juice. Cost: $2-6. American Legion Hall, Mill Street (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck.

FAMILY Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band 3 p.m. The popular children’s musical group performs. Admission: $10, advance; $12, door. Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County, 110 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0430.

FILM “Last of the Mobile Hot Shots” (1970) 2 p.m. Starring Lynn Redgrave and James Coburn. Discussion follows. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791.

LECTURE “Art in Food and Food in Art” 2 p.m. Author Peter G. Rose delivers an illustrated slide-talk, using Dutch Masters paintings, Ms. Rose will demonstrate how these art works give an insight into 17th century food practices and shed new light on the colonial diet. Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook. 845-677-3611.

MUSIC Benjamin Hochman 4 p.m. Hochman returns after playing last season’s final concert with the Daedalus Quartet. His program, entitled “Homage to Chopin,” features composers Chopin admired and who were influenced by him. It includes a Mozart sonata, four Debussy études, the Schumann “Arabesque,” and a group of Chopin works. The Howland Chamber > continued on page 16

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Supporting our troops The lovely Laurie Cusher, owner of Hyde Park Jeweler, models a “Soldier to Soldier” bracelet, for which LovelinksAmerica will donate $25 for every one sold to organizations caring for wounded veterans. It is modeled after soldier survival bracelets and symbolizes the uniform and the bond among soldiers. The designer version for both men and women is available for between $95-$145 at Hyde Park Jeweler. Laurie also tells Hudson Valley News she is about to make a significant expansion to her store, which was established in 1954. Photo by Jim Langan.

Healthy After-School Snacks 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Teens are invited to join the casual and creative workshops. There is no charge for supplies, but registration is required. Staff Kitchen on the third floor of Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market Street Poughkeepsie. Pre-register at www. or 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. Hudson valley news | | march 2, 2011 {13}

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Steven W. Ross and Erin E. Hobson. Photo submitted.

THE COMPACT’S GOOD FORTUNE (COOKIE) BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The Erin Hobson Compact debuted their latest CD, “Fortune Cookie Philosophy,” last Friday night with a kick-off party in Kingston. Erin Hobson (guitars/vocals) and Steven W. Ross (bass/production) took time to answer some of my questions via e-mail about the new album and their artistic process: DANA GAVIN: DID YOU START WORK ON “FORTUNE COOKIE PHILOSOPHY” SOON AFTER YOU WRAPPED “TALK RADIO,” OR DID YOU TAKE TIME IN BETWEEN PROJECTS TO REJUVENATE? ERIN HOBSON: We finished “Talk Radio” in the summer of 2009 and took a few months off from the studio to play out and relax before starting the new record. But we’re working on song ideas all the time. Some tracks on FCP were “left-over” from the first CD. STEVEN W. ROSS: We started on the charts and demos for “Fortune Cookie Philosophy” in the Winter of 2010 and tracked (drums, bass, guitar) all the songs over a month that Spring. DG: WHAT IS YOUR SONG/MUSIC WRITING PROCESS LIKE? DO YOU HAVE CERTAIN HABITS? SWR: The songwriting process differs from song to song. For us, there’s a blurring between song-writing and arranging. Our songs grow from melodies and lyrics, but each {14} march 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

also involves an essential sound and character. Erin’s been the lyricist. It’s evolving like everything, but the early songs are based on her experiences and my contribution has been as co-writer and arranger. I may come up with an idea for a song, a musical idea or figure, but Erin has a special way to craft lyrics with music and her phrasings are really unique. EH: Being a solo / coffee-house artist without a band, many songs grew from a singersongwriter or folk-Americana roots. When we recorded “Talk Radio,” we didn’t actually know each other. As we worked together, we grew closer and began to change the way we worked as a team. The writing for the new record was collaborative, although certain tracks had earlier beginnings. SWR: We are already deep into writing songs for the next record, and again there are both new and some old ideas that are providing inspiration for new tracks. In cases where a song originates with me Erin will shape so it becomes a Compact song. We are still evolving. In “Cookie” there’s a greater emphasis on the rhythmic foundations and feels, and more experimentation with textures and colors. The tracks are based on the “traditional” process, as opposed to the “surgical” way (editing) many of today’s pop records are produced. DG: I’VE READ REVIEWS OF YOUR MUSIC THAT SEEM TO DELIGHT IN NOT BEING ABLE TO NECESSARILY CATEGORIZE YOUR MUSIC AND THE COMPACT AS A WHOLE – DOES THAT SURPRISE YOU? PLEASE YOU? CONFUSE YOU? EH: It doesn’t surprise us at all. We don’t categorize ourselves, which may be one of our greatest strengths and weaknesses. People always ask us what kind of music we play and we haven’t been able to come up with an answer. Our collective “taste” in music varies widely. We enjoy “copping vibes” in our songs and arrangements that emulate some aspect of music we like or were influenced by. SWR: Our “thing” is to write and play music we love and keeping changing. We don’t want to be placed in a box. In some ways, this may make it somewhat difficult to market our sound. On the other hand, what we’re really doing is searching for new sounds. And we’re not playing in a vacuum. DG: WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES YOU? DO YOU LISTEN TO CERTAIN ARTISTS/GENRES WHEN YOU ARE IN A CREATING MOOD? EH: For the new record, we were trying to apply more roots or soulful influences in the music, such as gospel, Caribbean, jazz, and a bit of Latin. More emphasis on rhythms, colors and textures. My roots are in jazz guitar and folk. I was inspired by several of my teachers, such as Ron Eschete, who I studied with while living in L.A. Steven’s are a bit more varied but also include jazz but also ’60s and ’70s rock. SWR: When I was young, I had the good fortune to meet the great record producer Paul A. Rothschild (The Doors, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Martino). We became good friends and he was my mentor, and perhaps my greatest influence. I attended dozens of Bonnie’s and Pat’s sessions and was influenced and inspired by those experiences so much! EH: We think it’s easy to hear how we like to combine some of the music that inspired us. “Everyone’s A Critic” is in a folk vibe but also melds from other eras and styles, including a Pat Metheny-esque solo section. “What About Me” may sound strangely familiar too. Maybe it’s Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome?” Or could it be David Bromberg? DG: DID THE PROCESS OF CREATING “FORTUNE COOKIE PHILOSOPHY” AFFECT THE WAY YOU MAKE MUSIC? THAT IS, DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING NEW ABOUT YOUR OWN CREATIVITY, YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MUSIC AND OTHER MUSICIANS, ETC., IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING THIS ALBUM? EH: Making music together definitely does make us closer. “Cookie’s” a big leap beyond our first one, and we know we’ll keep getting closer and better with each project - and show. What started as a demo in Steven’s basement turned into a musical partnership, an Indie record label, a publishing company, and now national radio play and opening for big-name acts. And a close friendship. We are doing and learning so much together - and there’s a lot more to do and learn. SWR: We’re not backed by a major label. We’re writing, arranging, producing, engineering, mixing, designing and funding everything - on a limited budget. Tiny by music industry standards. We had our record mastered by a great mastering engineer but until very recently, that was it. Now we’re beginning to slowly expand. We’ve been adding professionals to support us as we go. We’ve got a top-notch radio promoter, and our music’s now handled by a high-end administration company and great independent distributor. We have a plan and so far we’re on track. Managing all this stuff is a lot of work, but it gives us more control over our music and business. Working so closely together on all these things makes people close. At the end of the day, what counts is the strength of our relationship and our plan. > continued on page 19

Gina Torregrossa and Jacob Picard in “Bride and Gloom.” Photo submitted.

“NOTHING SERIOUS” March 3-6 8 p.m. | Thursday through Saturday 2 p.m. | Sunday Tickets: $5, general, sold at the theater 30 minutes before show times. James & Betty Hall Theatre Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000


wanted to make sure that I maintained the ensemble feel, with no one star. For student-run shows, for theater practicum, I like to do a cast where it’s equal.” When last I spoke with Wing, she was helming a production of “Gross Indecency,” a powerful (and often troubling) play about the trial of Oscar Wilde – this is quite a departure. “You have to be a truthful character actor; there are no stereotypes up there,” she said. “Comedy is the hardest thing to do.” Working with student schedules and their academic demands is also a challenge. “The script was a pretty straight forward recipe,” said Wing. “Getting them to get all those lines is sometimes difficult; we finally mastered it at the end of last week. They’ve done a really good job.” This production has also been an opportunity to give a former student a chance to sit in the director’s chair. “Alicia Emmons, who was in ‘Gross Indecency’ two years ago, now attends Purchase, and is working on her directing credits. She is billed as an assistant director, but I wanted to give her directing experience. It’s important to build the theater community.”

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM You may not have heard of New York City playwright Rich Orloff, but he’s quite a prolific (and well-lauded) scribe. He has written more than a dozen oneact and more than 60 short plays (mostly comedies), which have been performed at such theaters as American Stage Company, New Jersey Rep, Shadowland Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, the WorkShop Theater Company and the

Tanya Pavlik, Jennifer Winchell, Grace Obee in “Playwrighting 101: The Rooftop Lesson.”

Key West Theatre Festival, among others. Orloff’s short comedies have been published in the annual “Best American Short Plays” series, “The Best TenMinute Plays 2007,” “The Bedford Guide to Literature,” and by “Playscripts.” This weekend, the student actors of the Dutchess Community College Masquer’s Guild will present “Nothing Serious,” a collection of 10 of Orloff’s most popular and acclaimed short comedies. “They have a vaudevillian style to them,” said Professor Blair Wing, coadvisor of the Masquer’s Guild. “It’s all about rhythm and pace. It’s quite funny!” The Masquer’s Guild has been in existence since Dutchess Community College opened in 1957, and is the college’s longest-running club. The students choose which shows they want to present – each school year, the Masquer’s Guild present the “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Musical Revue” benefit for the national effort to raise money for AIDS research in the fall, and an ensemble production in the spring. Wing said she casts the spring show with care. “When I did the casting, I Hudson valley news | | march 2, 2011 {15}

{local reader} E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from page 13 Music: Piano Festival 2011 continues. Tickets: $30, general; $10, student. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

NIGHTLIFE California Guitar Trio 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Jazz Club Jam 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Pam Pentony. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Swing Dance 6 p.m. Free beginners’ lesson, 6-6:30 p.m.; dancing to DJ’d music, 6:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $6, full-time students. Arlington Reformed Church; 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845 454-2571 or 845-519-7585.

THEATER The Flying Karamazov Brothers 3 p.m. The Flying Karamazov Brothers bring their new hit show “4PLAY,” currently running in New York City to Poughkeepsie. “4PLAY” is a unique blend of music, comedy, dance, theater and juggling that dazzles. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

OUTDOOR Kids’ Day in the Sugarbush 1-3 p.m. Join the Longbotham family, Mohonk Preserve volunteers, for a short hike and a sweet treat. Be ready to tromp through the snow or mud, help out in the sugarbush, and learn how to make syrup just like generations of families have done. Children ages 4 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 1-mile hike. Wear boots and warm clothing. Reservations required. Materials fee: $5. $10 use fee, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845255-0919.

Monday, March 7 EVENT

Iron Grad II 6:30 p.m. Past winners compete in the grand finale. Cost: $42.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity for a four-course dinner and wine pairings. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

LITERARY Robert Olen Butler 2:30 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his book, “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.” Free. Bertelsmann Campus Center, Weis Cinema, Bard College, River Rd., Annandaleon-Hudson. 845-758-6822.

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Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper and Silent Auction 5 p.m. $5, adult; $3, child; $15 family cap. Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-8220. International Women’s Day Celebration 4 p.m. Registration: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Kadiatou Di-dibe Sarassoro discusses how she fled the Ivory Coast and settled in Dutchess County. Local women’s organizations will have information booths set up and the first 500 attendees receive a free gift. Free. Hosted by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center. Walkway Over the Hudson, 61 Parker Ave. 845-790-6334.

FAMILY “Tales at Ten”: Story Time at the Mohonk k 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. After the story time, families are encouraged to explore the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, Children’s Forest, or wander the winter Sensory Trail. This program will follow the New Paltz School District regarding winter-weather closings. In the event of a school closing or delay there will be no story time. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

NIGHTLIFE Dr. John and The Lower 911 Mardi Gras Show 7 p.m. Tickets: $70, Golden Circle; $55, reserved seating; $40, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Local Musicians Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

PERFORMANCE Riverdance 8 p.m. The company weaves ancient Celtic mythology and Irish history through music and choreography. Tickets: $77.30-46.40. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800.

WORKSHOP “The Library in Your Living Room” 6:30 p.m. Learn about all the services Grinnell Library offers off-site from free databases to an intro to the library’s website and online catalog. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845297-3428.

Wednesday, March 9 LECTURE

Mathematician-Sculptor George Hart 11 a.m. Hart, the chief of content for the soon-tobe-completed Museum of Mathematics in New subscribe to the Hudson Valley News York City, speaks following the annual DUSO Math Send a check or call today (845)233.4651 League competition. Awards will be presented to the winners following his remarks. Rockefeller Hall, room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Hudson Valley News • Hudson Valley Weekend Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. Twitter: @HVNews • @HVWeekend > continued on next page {16} march 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

Two tales of aging and an old favorite BY ANN LA FARGE Raise your hand (or just shout out) if Rai you rremember seeing the movie “Mildred Pierce back in the day, with Joan Crawford, Pierce” Anne Blythe and Zachary Scott. Well, good things thing have a way of reappearing, in new garb and, indeed, Mildred is coming back garb, in aan HBO series starring Kate Winslet, debuting deb on March 27. I picked up a copy of James M. Cain’s Vintage paperback edition edi of “Mildred Pierce” ($14.95) and an wallowed, happily, once again in this ter c – and heartbreaking – novel. terrifi In case you are a newcomer to Mildred, M her story begins during the Great G Depression. Her husband takes o she has a couple of quickie affairs, off, then pulls herself together and gets a job t (waitressing), selling her home-made pies on the side, eventually branching out to run her own restaurants. One of her two daughters – the nice one – dies, and to the other one, Veda, Mildred “dedicated the rest of her life.” FDR is reelected; money rolls in; Veda studies the piano and voice, wears a mink coat, and desires only to “get away from her mother.” The tale turns dark – war is crashing in Europe – and “Mildred now entered the days of her apotheosis.” Don’t miss this fine novel. And now, here’s a brand-new novel, also set in an era of deep economic uncertainly – this time, our own – about a marriage that is threatened on all sides, in every way imaginable. Modern marriage, we learn, “has two states – plateau and precipice.” Precipice triumphs throughout Carol Edgarian’s “The Three Stages of Amazement” (Scribner, $25) as Charlie Pepper, a doctor, and his wife, Lena, struggle with the loss of one prematurely born twin and the difficulty of raising children in a wildly unstable economy. Everybody’s broke (partially thanks to Bernie Madoff); but Lena’s uncle is throwing a huge wedding bash for his daughter – 700 guests, a million dollars, and the presence of Lena’s old flame. Her 4-year-old son vows that when he grows up, he “wasn’t going to be like his parents. He wasn’t going to be stressed.” Can Charlie make Lena happy? Can she find grace? Asked, in an interview, what inspired her to write this novel, Edgarian commented, “I wanted to write about this moment in time, as America, postGreat Recession, has been stripped of its persona. If we’re no longer the land of manifest destiny, of limitless resources, what are we? Lena’s question – ‘Where is grace?’ – seems particularly relevant to me.” This is a novel for the lover of fine novels. They’re rare – the fine novels, that is, not those who love them. This one is a shining example. Was it coincidence, or design, that two books on the same subject landed on this reviewer’s desk on the same day? The subject: growing old. Hmmmm. Timely, of course, since the “old-old” are the fastestgrowing cohort in today’s population. Fascinating, > continued on next page

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too, th that two authors should have such very differe different takes on how to cope with the explo explosion of geezers and crones. In “Never Say Die – The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age” (Pan (Pantheon, $27.95), Susan Jacoby shatters the B Boomers’ hope for “a radically new old age,” age, unmarred by problems of health or money, mon and debunks the age-old theory that tha the golden years bring wisdom. 90, it seems, see is not the new 50. It is said that old age is not for sissies. I discovered, this week, that reading about it is not for the faint of heart, ab either. This lady is tough. Read about ei the “wellderly” and the “illderly,” t and a learn that old age is very costly – a luxury, as it were, that we may ill afford. She believes in legalizing assisted suicide, and points out that a cure for the “disease” of aging ain’t d th h around the corner. O Ouch. Fortunately, the other book beckoned—and, as it turned out, comforted, for its author “sees age as an adventure, not a death sentence.” Dr. Marc Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist, has written “How We Age – A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old” (Lifelong Books/DaCapo Press, $25), an account of his experiences counseling elderly people and his thoughts about what aging means today, concluding that is can be a period of vitality, wisdom and hope. He gives hope, in particular, to those people who dread and fear the idea of nursing homes. “I’ve seen countless inspiring and vital lives,” he commented in an interview, “enabled by the very institutions that so many people fear.” Dr. Agronin has a lively, upbeat writing style. When he speaks of his patients (average age: 90), he accomplishes his mission – “to offer a balanced perspective on aging” – with anecdotes, case studies, quotations from the Bible and Erik Erikson, and advice on how to “accept their ways, and their decisions, not matter how strange they may be,” despite the Four Horsemen of Old Age: depression, dementia, delirium and destitution. “We give up too early,” he writes, “with older ill people because of our own impatience and despair. We cannot reverse aging, but we can do something about their concerns.” Upbeat news, this book is, from “God’s waiting room.” This one made me smile. And to wonder what it would be like to put these two authors together in a debate – and watch the fur fly. Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at

{signings and sightings} Saturday, March 5

2 p.m. Sheila Isenberg speaks about her new book, “Muriel’s War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance.” Barnes & Noble, 1177 Ulster Ave., Kingston. 845336-0590.


NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 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. 845229-8277.

a.m. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, nonmembers. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

WORKSHOP “Self-Healing with One Light Healing Touch” 6:30-8 p.m. A workshop on energy healing with Penny Lavin. Free; seating is limited. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhineclif. 845-876-2903.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Clearwater Road 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. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8



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THEATER LITERARY Poems are requested for an upcoming exhibit at the Arts Society of Kingston in the Rondout section of Kingston. The June exhibit, “Poems & Paint,” will consist of art works inspired by poems selected b by the artists from work submitted by lo local poets. A writer may submit up to VISUAL ART tthree poems, with a maximum length for The Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce e each poem of 20 lines. Poems should seeks design proposals for “Shine On Saugerties le lend themselves to visual represen2011.” Handmade wooden replicas of the Saugerties ttation. The poet’s name should not Lighthouse will be on display from July through Octoa appear with the poems, but the email or ber. Artists are asked to submit proposals for designs. m mailed-in submission should include full Works to be auctioned in Oct. Artists receive 1/3 of ccontact details (name; address; phone proceeds. For prospectus, go to www.welcometosaun number; email address). Submit poems The deadline is March 15. b by March 15 to with tthe subject line “Poem Submission” or 2012 Solo Show Exhibition Opportunities at tto Arts Society of Kingston, 97 BroadLocust Grove, the Samuel Morse Historic Site: Juried way, Kingston NY 12401. Full instrucw by a panel of art professionals by slide or CD/ROM ttions can be found on the ASK website, submissions, selected artists will be offered a solo a 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 LITERARY time to prepare, the solo shows offered in this jury Flamingo Publications in Millprocess are for the year 2012. Applications must brook is accepting submissions be postmarked Monday, April 4. Applications must for “edna: a literary journal.” be received by mail or hand delivered; applications Fiction, poetry, essay, creative received by e-mail will not be considered. For further nonfiction, art and photography details on solo show opportunities at Locust Grove are welcome. The deadline is and to download submission procedures, go to Locust May 15. Go to www.flamingoGrove’s website under Calendar of Events at http:// for submission For questions guidelines or contact Karen Ann or to receive the information by mail, contact Ursula Chaffee at flamingopublicaMorgan, director of public programs, at 845-454-4500, ext. 217

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.

MISC The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers month long Artist in Residence (AIR) opportunities for visual artists, composers, playwrights/screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Longer residencies are available for ceramic artists. The AIR sessions generally occur during the months of June, July, August and September. For more information or to apply, go to The application deadline is March 1. Hudson valley news | | march 2, 2011 {17}

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM I had high hopes for “Hall Pass” – I’ve enjoyed Jason Sudeikis on “Saturday Night Live” (he inspires that “root for me” vibe) and I’m an unabashed fan of Owen Wilson as a Wes Anderson regular (and from “Wedding Crashers”). I’ve been a sideline fan of the Farrelly brothers – I like “Dumb and Dumber” well enough, and “There’s Something About Mary” remains one of the hallmarks in my canon of “secondhand embarrassment death” films that I actually love. I enjoy a wide variety of humor, from the lowbrow to the highbrow – and I’d Weekend rating: like to assert that those terms are absolutely One iced coffee interchangeable at any given time. I can be equally satiated with the likes of Jonathan Swift Director: Bobby Farrelly and the Farrelly brothers – because if anyone and Peter Farrelly thinks that scatological humor is new is a noob. Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Alas, “Hall Pass” is, in some ways, the worst Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer combination of two difficult genres: “rude Runtime: 150 min. comedy” and “rom-com.” I laughed hard three Rated R for crude and sexual humor times, chuckle-snorted twice and groaned once throughout, language, some graphic – according to the Mark Kermode equation, this accounting doesn’t place “Hall Pass” in comedy nudity and drug use.


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territory. And the romance is … let’s be kind … infantile. The plot is thus: Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are unlikeable married menboys who seem to be stuck in puberty. (I wondered from the beginning why two seemingly well-adjusted women would bother with these two buffoons, but … whatever). Rick and Fred have wandering eyes and a propensity for being socially unacceptable in a way that borders on legitimate creeper. I don’t know about you, but I always find compulsive lying and creeper behavior hilarious. A deus ex machine arrives in the form of Joy Behar as “Dr. Lucy,” who suggests that if wives Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) are frustrated with their husbands’ boorish behavior, they should issue them a “hall pass.” That is, a week off from marriage. Even Freud had better recommendations, including the pressure technique and snorting coke. When I first saw this trailer, I thought the concept of a “hall pass” played into the ideal man-boy (moy?) fantasy. I figured that the wives in question would stay put, care for the obligatory “happy life,” which includes two precociously irritating children of each sex, and generally while away for their man. What’s so strange, and so destructive to the potential humor of this “comedy,” is that the film keeps returning to the wives in this split, as if it was going to be a “balanced” rom-com. It seems odd for me to be complaining about a film that keeps the lens on its female leads – there aren’t enough strong female leads being written for me to ever callously gripe about any actress getting some good face time. And I think both Fischer and Applegate are talented – way, way more talented than this script afforded them. My goodness, Applegate was Victoria Corningstone! Their performances were so stilted, so physically restrained behind their silly tans and perfectly curled hair – it was an offense to their skill. No sarcasm in that, mind you – I was legitimately irritated to see two strong comedic actresses reduced as such. Fischer and Applegate seemed uncomfortable – I was equally uncomfortable. Don’t tempt me a faux-serious treatise on marriage and then deliver me this ridiculous concept. I expected a wittier and slyer take on life as a married couple. As crazy as it sounds, “Hall Pass” isn’t the “moy” fantasy outright – it’s the moy’s idea of the female fantasy. At least one of my chuckles could have been translated into the following: “Oh, my dear, sweet biscuits, you sad, sad man. You will likely catch some horrid venereal disease, and that will create a lot of other sorts of laughs … I guess.” If I were a cinema doctor, I would spot this as the first case of disconnect – the film, in its entirety, is actually a conservative hetero-normative feminine fantasy as conceived by a pair of moys. I cannot think of any equation less appealing.


weekend horoscopes MARCH 2-8 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): This is a good time to try your hand at creative activities that have interested you for a long time but you’ve been afraid to try. Be aware of the difference between having goals and becoming obsessive about obtaining something. Consult a trusted friend about your work situation and be open to their observations.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’ve got a pair of rose-colored glasses firmly affixed • Sunday night featured the worst Oscars award show in ages, making twitterer Roger Ebert long wistfully (in 140 characters) for the days when Rob Lowe danced with Snow White, because that was slightly less cringe-worthy. If we can’t go back to Billy Crystal (who got the most enthusiastic – dare we say, desperate and pleading in a defeated manner – applause), let dear Hugh Jackman handle the singing, dancing and charming next year. James Franco was asleep (or high) and Anne Hathaway was desperate (or high), and it was a train-wreck event of second-hand embarrassment at epic levels. At least His Majesty Colin Firth reigned supreme. • In addition to the severe boredom and “accidental” f-bombs (we’re looking at you, Melissa Leo, who won Best Supporting Actress … again), the Oscars managed to run long and still leave out at least three actors who passed last year: Corey Haim, Peter Graves and Betty Garrett failed to make the cut on the telecast. Stay classy, producers. • British fashion designer John Galliano was arrested for allegedly assaulting and making amazing anti-Semitic remarks to a couple in a café in Paris last week. Galliano, head designer at Christian Dior until this week, is accused of being verbally abusive; video then surfaced of an earlier incident at the same bar where Galliano is heard to be slurring, “I love Hitler.” And no, he wasn’t belting tunes from “The Producers.” • Jane Russell, the stunning actress known for her roles in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Outlaw,” passed away on Monday in Santa Maria, California. She not only starred along side some of the greatest male leads of her time (including Bob Hope, Robert Mitchum, Victor Mature, Frank Sinatra and Clark Gable), she also found time to devote much of her life to advocating adoption.

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DG: HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT THE NAME “FORTUNE COOKIE PHILOSOPHY?” THERE’S A SWEETNESS AND A WHIMSY TO IT, BUT THERE’S ALSO A SALTIER, WRY WISDOM IN THERE – AM I READING THAT RIGHT? DO YOU FEEL THAT DUALITY (OR THOSE ELEMENTS) REFLECTED IN THE MUSIC? EH: You always hear about songwriters going to songwriting camp or school to learn the art and how they use exercises to tap into their creativity. “Fortune Cookie Philosophy” was simply an exercise in forming song lyrics from fortune cookie fortunes. Every line in that song came from a fortune, except towards the end where we poke fun at people who take them seriously. We have friends who keep their fortunes in their wallet, tape them to their desk at work, hang them on their fridge. Of course, the song had to end with the line “in bed.” SWR: And the song’s title sounded like a good one for the album. We added “(and other musical nuggets)” because each track represents its own “vibe.” DG: THE COMPACT IS PERFORMING AT MOUNTAIN JAM THIS YEAR, CORRECT? IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME? DO YOU ENJOY PERFORMING AT LARGE VENUES AS MUCH AS SMALLER ONES? SWR: Yes, we are doing Mountain Jam in June. It’s an awesome festival, one we’ve both attended to hear great music and have a great time. This year’s show features Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Avett Brothers, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, and Government Mule - plus a dozen other top acts. It’ll be our first time playing a festival of this magnitude, so we are really excited. EH: The “sub” Compact (Erin and Steven without the rest of the band) are also opening for Loretta Lynn at UPAC this Friday (March 4), thanks in part to “Brick Wall” from The Compact’s debut CD, “Talk Radio.” The Compact plays around the Hudson Valley including Thursdays at O’Leary’s (sub Compact) on Rte. 9 in Red Hook in an intimate setting. Go to www.erinhobsoncompact. com for a calendar of performances and to join the group’s e-mail list.

– a romantic situation seems idealized and glorified to you. In general, you should enjoy this euphoria, but remember that every situation has good points and negative points, so try to gain a sense of balance in all aspects of your life.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Look for a like-minded group of people to gather together with this week – you’d benefit from having a sense of camaraderie and people who understand your frustrations. Consider also including meditation into your regular work-out routine: if you don’t manage your stress level now, you’ll have much more difficulty getting a handle on it later.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Look forward to some significant steps forward career-wise; you’ve been working hard on so many side projects that you’ve started wondering if this day would ever come. You’ve been getting incredible emotional support from friends and family – share your excitement with them and take time to celebrate.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Be ready to hit the book or scour the Internet – a project you’re working on is going to take extra research to complete. Since you’re so compelled by the subject, this won’t be much of a hardship, but it may interfere with some plans that you have this weekend. Your concentrated efforts will not be in vain. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Your financial situation is improving, and it’s contributing to your overall sense of optimism and self-worth. It’s good to take some time this week to be by yourself and do some constructive soul searching, so you can make certain you’re goals reflect your true desires. Pay attention to your dreams – your subconscious will be trying to help you resolve your conflict.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Romance may be in the air for you this week – if you are in a relationship, be prepared for a surprise outing. If you’re unattached, you’ll find your head turned by someone you haven’t considered in that light before, but suddenly it will make so much sense. Keep an open mind and an open heart. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Take advantage of an opportunity to volunteer your time to a new cause this weekend – you’ll not only be helping out a worthwhile cause, but you’ll also be in a position to meet people from whom you will learn a great deal. You’ll pick up a new skill that may not seem useful now, but will prove to be invaluable in a few months.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You are experiencing waves of jealously that seem to come from nowhere – take time to think about what is making you feel insecure. Do you have a good reason to feel concern, or is this a gut reaction that is overly negative? It may be time to reaffirm your trust in others.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Be prepared for a domestic upheaval – you might be taking on a roommate, or someone may ask to stay with you for an extended period of time. Be open to this experience, because their support (emotional and otherwise) may be very needed in the near future. You will learn a lot about yourself through the relationship. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You are feeling generally withdrawn this week; your normal outgoing nature is very subdued. Your interaction with others is more stressful than usual, and you’ll find yourself being sharper in tone with others. Keeping to yourself until you feel more balanced isn’t a bad idea.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Your emotions are heightened this week, so much so that you’re likely to get upset over an innocent comment or become aggressive when you would normally brush it off. Go easy on yourself – this unbalanced feeling will be short-lived. Plan to go out with a good friend and focus on what’s going right in your life.

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Last week, Hyde Park’s women’s roller derby team, the Hudson Valley Horrors, selected a new crop of “Fresh Meat” – freshmen additions to the squad – during two days of open try outs. As new members to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Horrors will bring 56 new girls to the league, opening up the possibility of more local teams to be formed. Fresh Meat rollers will have to go through physical training and written requirements before graduating to the next level, Tender Meat. The Horrors will bring back 28 veterans and will return to the rink in its season opener on March 12 in Buffalo. The Horrors’ first home bout will be on April 16 at Roller Magic in Hyde Park. Can’t wait that long to get rollin’? This Saturday, have your favorite derby girl roll some pancakes your way during the Horrors annual pancake breakfast at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Poughkeepsie, from 8 a.m. to noon. Visit for more information and this season’s schedule

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MARIST WOMEN LEAD FANS TOWARD MARCH MADNESS KAMPF KOMMENTS BY BOB KAMPF We don’t believe that too many area residents will be angry about the fact that February and the winter season are coming to an end, but we do know that many local sports fan will be very mad in March. March Madness affects most of those who follow developments in winter sports, especially basketball, and has been known to create havoc in many homes with regard to television schedules, long-range planning and seeking the optimum final-four serving as the key elements in the process. This is an affliction that centers on college-level basketball initially, but spills over into high school circles and other hardwood courts. In the Hudson Valley, local secondaryschool athletes are preparing, or have already commenced, the process of advancing through preliminary rounds of league or sectional tournaments with hopes of advancing to a New York State title. Swimming, wrestling and track events have their place in the system, but most of the emphasis surrounds those iron rims, foul lines and three-point plays that will be on the air from noon to midnight throughout the early stages of the 2011 NCAA March Madness.

LADY FOXES SET THE PACE Some 3,000 fans came out to the McCann Gymnasium at Marist College

Sunday to watch the Marist women complete a 27-2 season with a well-earned 60-45 victory over a tough Fairfield five from Connecticut. The win also capped a perfect 18-0 campaign in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. This weekend, the Lady Red Foxes will be seeking the MAAC championship and a spot in the NCAA tournament when they travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut for the four-day conference tournament, opening against Niagara on Thursday. As the 21st nationally ranked team in the country, the Red Foxes will most certainly have a target on their backs as the rest of the MAAC quintets seek to put a stop to their rampaging successes over the past four years. Fairfield, which has now lost four straight games, came as close as any MAAC opponent to defeating Marist a few weeks ago on the Stags’ home court, but coach Brian Giorgis’ squad prevailed by a mere two points. Sunday was another squeaker as the lead changed hands back and forth throughout the first 11 minutes of play. With 7:42 remaining in the first half, Fairfield’s Alexis Vasquez hit a three pointer to knot the score at 19-19, but that was as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way. Erica Allenspach, Marist’s All-League candidate, connected on a free throw after the deadlock lasted nearly two minutes, and she then posted an old-fashioned three-point play to give Marist a 23-19 edge. Fairfield was unable to score again in the final minutes of the first half as the stingy Red Fox defense held them at bay after Vasquez’s three pointer and Kate Oliver, who finished with a game-high 19 points, took charge by netting the final five points

of the half to extend the winner’s margin to nine at intermission, 28-19. (Interesting note: Vasquez, a freshman, is a graduate of Berlin High School in Connecticut and was counseled by my daughter, Deborrah, who is now chairperson of guidance at Berlin). From there, it was Oliver and Corielle Yarde, who took charge in the second half. Yarde, who did not score in the first half, netted eight important second-half points, while Oliver scored 10 consecutive points from various vantage points, using her 6-foot4 frame to give Marist its biggest edge, 5540, with just under five minutes to play. While the Marist women will be seeking a return to glory in the NCAA tournament this March, they will have to get past their conference event first. Their greatest run thus far carried them to the Sweet Sixteen round in the NCAA, which they hope to achieve, and surpass, once again. It was Senior Day at Marist Sunday for three outstanding players, Elise Caron, Erica Allenspach and Maria Laterza, who have helped Marist post a 113-17 record since their freshman year.

Marie Laterza (21) of Marist throws up a block against Fairfield Sunday as she helped the Red Foxes complete a perfect Metro Athletic Association Conference season at 18-0 with a tidy 60-45 victory over the Connecticut visitors. Photo by Bob Kampf.

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NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR FDR ALUMNI HALL OF FAME BY BOB KAMPF Remember those special and outstanding athletes of the 20th century? If you do, you can help select some of them for the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Alumni Hall of Fame. Pat Moshier, who has guided a good deal of the interest and efforts of the Athletic Alumni Association in Hyde Park

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Local martial artists thrive at New Paltz tournament BY HV NEWS STAFF Local martial artists showed off their moves at the ninth annual New Paltz Karate Invitational Tournament, bringing home a number of trophies for their Pleasant Valley dojo. Students from Traditional Okinawan Karate in Pleasant Valley participated in the Feb. 12 tournament, going head to head with 200 martial artists from around the region. “Traditional Okinawan Karate focuses primarily on self-defense and improvement, not competition, but the school offers one annual tournament as an opportunity for students to learn how to perform under pressure,” said head instructor Steven Borland. Students were divided based on their rank and age and competed in events like kata (martial arts forms) and sparring. More advanced students competed using traditional and padded weapons. Trophy winners from Traditional Okinawan Karate included: Robert Brady of Millbrook (third place, 9-yearold, white belt II, kata); Austin Burns of Clinton Corners (third place, 11-14-yearold, white belt-white belt II, sparring); Fiel Burris of Pleasant Valley (second place, 17-29-year-old, green belt-blue

If you like sports memorabilia, you will have to mark Sunday, March 20 on your calendar for a huge celebration. If you do, you will also be helping to raise funds for the Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital, home of the Daniel M. Duffy Jr. Reception Area. Duffy, a star basketball player at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in the mid 1980s before attending Villanova University, will be remembered at this special event, to be held at the Hyde Park Brewing Company, from 1-5 p.m., on that date. In what is fast becoming a highly popular event on the local scene, Rick Zolzer, of the Hudson Valley Renegades

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While the women are marching toward further glory, the Marist men recently completed a miserable 5-26 season with an 81-73 setback at the hands of Siena, their 13th defeat in their final 14 contests. The only victory for the Red Foxes came against New Hampshire in non-league action. In the MAAC tournament, Marist will face Niagara in the opening round, hoping to end 13 consecutive shortfalls against conference opposition.


Austin Burns of Clinton Corners and Robert Brady of Millbrook, both students at Traditional Okinawan Karate in Pleasant Valley, show off the tropies they won at the ninth annual New Paltz Karate Invitational Tournament. Between them is their instructor, Steven Borland. Photo submitted.

belt, kata); Tyler Hoag of Wingdale (third place, adult men, green belt-blue belt, sparring); and Julian Kowalczyk of Millbrook (third place, 6-year-old, white belt II, kata).



and Radio Station WPDH, will serve as the auctioneer for a one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia sale. Tickets for the event, which include food, beverages, a silent auction, raffles and March Madness basketball on giant screens, are $50 per person, half of which is tax deductible. Sponsors of the event include Relph Benefit Advisors, Radiology Associates of Poughkeepsie, St. Francis Hospital, and K104.7. Reservations may be made by calling 845-431-8707, and due to popular demand, they must be made by Thursday, March 17. The auction of special items from the world of sports will commence at 3 p.m. If last year’s event is any indication, this year’s program should absolutely be a sell-out event, so call in your reservations now and be prepared to bid tomorrow!

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As the college scene gets revved up with tournaments and NCAA Final Four selections, local high school contingents have begun their quest for March glory at the New York State level, starting with Section Nine and Section One tests for supremacy. While the Section One tournament has reached the semi-final rounds with the formidable Poughkeepsie Pioneers boys team remaining as the only Dutchess County representative down in the White Plains County Center, Section Nine quarter finals got under way last night (Tuesday, March 1) at the highest team seeded sites. In boys Class AA, Roosevelt is seeded fifth and hoped to upend fourth-seeded Minisink Valley to earn a semi-final date against the top seed, Newburgh, tomorrow (Thursday, March 3) evening. Red Hook will be trying to keep Dutchess hopes alive in Class A as the number-two seed, but had to stop Goshen Monday night to earn a date tonight (Wednesday, March 2) against Saugerties or New Paltz. Pine Plains and Millbrook (the top seed in Class C) could be facing off Friday if the Plainsmen are able to dispense Chester tonight. Finals in all segments of Section Nine play will take place starting Thursday, March 3, at SUNY New Paltz. After an up-and-down regular season, the FDR varsity girls were seeded fifth in the Section Nine, Class AA event, just as the Hyde Park boys were. Coach Cliff Sauer’s quintet was scheduled to meet fourth-seeded Pine Bush last night, with a date against topseed Kingston as the prize for victory. Red Hook garnered the fourth seed in the Class A girls drawer, and were home against Goshen Monday in their initial outing. Rhinebeck’s girls were knocked out of the Class B tournament in the quarterfinals by Highland, 46-43, but Spackenkill remained alive by setting back Sullivan West, 37-20. The Spartans will face top-seeded Highland in the semi finals.

Rounding out the representatives for Dutchess are Pine Plains and Millbrook in Class C competition, with both teams having excellent chances for reaching the semifinals at SUNY New Paltz Friday night. Pine Plains would have to do it the hard way by defeating Fallsburg, but Millbrook, seeded third, earned a bye into the semis, where the Blazers will meet number-two Eldred. It all gets kind of crazy with so much action, but you haven’t seen anything yet until the men’s NCAA Final Four. Most of you know how that works after their conference tournaments are completed. You set up your four regional brackets from the selection process, hope that one of the lower seeds, like Robert Morris, will get by the likes of Duke or Villanova, and you turn on your television set at noon, start watching until your eyeballs turn into basketballs and you don’t stop until midnight, while your family either joins you or takes off on vacation to watch spring training in Florida – but that is another program – which doesn’t really get going until the Yankees face the Red Sox and the Mets play the Phillies in meaningful regular-season games. If you need me during the next few weeks, I’ll either be under the basket or under the weather from too many well-drained three pointers — it’s just madness, but don’t call it crazy!


Female, Boys Teams or Girls Teams. All nominees must have participated in a sports program at FDR High School prior to 2001, placing most of those eligible in the previous century! The annual banquet and induction ceremony has been highlighted by the appearance of some remarkable athletes, who represented Hyde Park at the local, state or national level. Recent speakers at the ceremony have included Rick Rinaldi, who played basketball in the NBA after setting many records at Hyde Park; Greg Kohls, who starred at FDR on the hardwood and at Syracuse University; and Anthony Noto, who graduated from West Point after starring in the Army-Navy game in his senior year. Noto went on to represent the National Football League in a major executive position. The speaker for 2011 has not been identified yet, but Moshier promises it will be someone who will be easily recognized by many in the Hyde Park sports community. Reservations are necessary and may be made by contacting Janet Duffy at the high school by calling 845-229-4020, ext. 6.


Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON I have a confession to make. I am a Belieber. Yep, 50 years old, mother of two children, full-time professional, and I’m a brand-new Justin Bieber fan. Last Sunday, I took Bridget to see “Never Say Never” at the Lyceum in Red Hook, mainly because I was curious myself to see how a 16-year-old kid could possibly have his own concert film. Up until Sunday, I totally didn’t get the whole Justin Bieber thing. From what I heard on the radio, he had some nice songs, but that squeaky kid voice was pretty annoying. But, after seeing the film, I get it. Totally and completely get it. The kid is amazing. Not only very talented musically (he plays piano and guitar serviceably and drums fabulously), he’s just a dynamic, personable entertainer. I was blown away by how hard he worked, beginning at age 14, trucking around the country, singing in parking lots and shopping malls, not to mention radio station after radio station. I have a 14-year-old son and he’s a great singer too. But, on a good day, I can motivate him to actually get out of bed and take a shower. OK, that’s not really fair. He does do the school play in the spring and football in the fall. But, mostly what he does when he isn’t in school or play practice is play Xbox Live and video chat with his friends. I just cannot fathom any 14-year-old boy having the kind of motivation that it takes to fight his way to the top of the pop charts without “the machine” (Disney or Nickelodeon), as they call it in the movie, behind him. And, guess what? Justin Bieber can really sing. Now that his voice has changed, it’s much more appealing and he really sings in an almost bluesy style, playing his voice almost like another instrument. He co-writes most of his songs and they are very age-appropriate, which I really find refreshing compared to the rest of the pop stars of today. I cringe sometimes listening to some of the lyrics on the top-40 hit songs; they are just way too mature for the age group that they appeal to. I enjoyed the movie so much, I bought the “My Worlds Acoustic” album (same hit songs without that over-mixed dance background, thank you) and have been

driving my kids nuts listening to it. My son slides down in the car seat in case anyone should happen to see him listening to a Justin Bieber CD. But, I don’t care. I like it and I had a very nice discussion with Bridget about the difference between Justin Bieber’s message about getting dumped by someone you love versus that awful Bruno Mars “Grenade” song. That alone was worth the $7.99 for the record. So, if you see me next week at the director’s cut of “Never Say Never,” it won’t be because Bridget has Bieber Fever, it’s because I do. And I’m not ashamed to admit it.


Brace yourself, folks. Jim and Shelly Myers are grandparents! James Francis Myers IV was born on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9:22 a.m. to Jimmy and Alicia Myers. He was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 21 inches long. New auntie Roxanne showed me photos and her new nephew is quite a cutie. He’s got dark hair like his dad, and is just as plump as can be. Mother and baby are doing well and although I haven’t seen dad Jimmy, I am sure he is bursting with pride. These two young people are terrific folks and they will be great parents. We wish their growing family much happiness and joy (and some sleep!)

Saturday’s snow was perfect for building snowmen. Bridget Donnelly’s snowperson is wearing sunglasses because of the bright sun! Photo by Heidi Johnson.

The Red Hook Firehouse is located on Firehouse Lane in Red Hook. Tickets are available at Holy Cow and are just $5 per person. Children age 5 and under are free. Come “clown around” for a cure and support this wonderful hospital.


Many of you know that Lea McCauley of Stanfordville works at the Holy Cow ice cream shop in Red Hook. Lea sent me information about a great fundraiser that Holy Cow is sponsoring to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 11:30 a.m., at the Red Hook Firehouse, there will be a “Clown Cake Breakfast” to raise money for the hospital. A member of the Holy Cow extended family, Haley Hines, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, when she was just 2 and a half years old. She is now 4 and still receiving treatment at St. Jude’s. Because of the wonderful support and care Haley and her family received at St. Jude’s, Holy Cow is organizing the breakfast fundraiser. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, fruit cup and home fries. Bee Bee the Clown will provide entertainment and she will be joined by other volunteer clowns from around the community who will cook and serve the breakfast. Children attending will have the opportunity to decorate their pancake to look like a clown face.

I intend to remind all my readers of this great show from now until opening night, because I will not be responsible for anyone missing it. Despite more than a week’s worth of snowed-out rehearsals and rampant cases of strep throat among the cast, the show is really coming together and the actors and dancers are getting excited about the upcoming performance. The sets are built, props gathered, costumes mostly finished and the musicians have mastered the score. Opening night is just a week from Friday! “Brigadoon” is classic and very kidfriendly. In fact, there are several gradeschoolers in the cast, playing townsfolk. The story is a bit corny, but has some fun and humorous moments as well as a thrilling chase scene and two heartwarming love stories. The lead roles are played by Alec Cisco (as Tommy), Bobbie Van Beusichem (as Fiona), Bobby Haight (as Jeff), Austin Christensen (as Charlie) and Claire Zeyher (as Jean). Our Stanfordville “star” is James Elvin, who plays the renegade Harry Beaton who threatens to break the

enchantment, causing the town and its people to disappear into the mist forever. Well-known songs from the musical are “Bonnie Jean” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” The dance numbers are huge and full of energy with basis in traditional Scottish jigs and reels. It’s a truly fun show and if you know anything about the Stissing Theatre Guild performances, you know they are always a cut above your usual high school musical. A small orchestra provides accompaniment, under the direction of Stanfordville’s favorite music teacher, Joe Deveau. Director and choreographer Lisa Baldwin never fails to deliver an uplifting and enjoyable show. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Shows are Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Charge tickets by phone by calling 518-398-1272. Be sure to leave a message and someone will call you back. That’s all the news I have this week. Bridget and I built a snowman last Sunday and because it was so nice and sunny out, we felt he should have sunglasses on. It was really nice to have a sunny day for a change. More rain is in the forecast for tonight. Rats. See you all next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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Taconic Little League baseball makeup tryouts for 9- through 12-year-old children will be from 9 to 10 a.m., Minor League assessment for boys 7 and 8 years old will start at 10 a.m., and Little League drafts will be done on Saturday, March 5. Players are asked to bring their glove. All activities are at the Cold Spring Elementary School on Homan Road. For additional information, call 845-266-0030.


The Evangelical Free Church held its sixth annual Wild Game Dinner on Feb. 21 at the church in Clinton Corners. A number of hunters and their guests attended. Pastor Jeff Silvieus welcomed the attendees and mentioned the speakers’ plane was delayed for most of the day

in Detroit. He hoped the speaker would arrive in time for their presentation. He also mentioned that any proceeds from the dinner will go to Care Net to help young mothers and newborn babies. Church member Don Estes said a brief prayer before the dinner began. The featured meats this year were venison and pheasant. Don Estes’ famous venison chili was a success and was quickly devoured. The venison hot dogs were new this year and were a big hit and many attendees went for seconds. Dessert included many varieties of homemade pie. Rusty Farmer and Jon Paul Moody were the evening’s speakers and they finally arrived just as dessert was being served. Their organization is Harvest Outdoor Ministries from Paris, Tennessee. Their mission is to encourage people to develop a passion for Jesus Christ through hunting and the outdoors. Rusty gave a brief description of the organization and noted Harvest Outdoor Ministries gave 29 presentations throughout the United States in 2010. In addition to presentations, they also give guided hunts for deer, turkey, duck and coyote. Rusty introduced Jon

Rusty Farmer and World Champion caller Jon Paul Moody from Harvest Outdoor Ministries were the guest speakers at the Evangelical Free Church Game Dinner; The Church’s Sunday Worship Team band plays at the Evangelical Free Church Game Dinner. Band members include: singer Dawn Larsen, guitarist Mike Grey, drummer Charlie Tacinelli, mandolin player Tom White and bassist Chip Barrett. Photos by Ray Oberly.

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Paul, who won the NRA Great American Game Calling Challenge Hunter Division World Championship in 2001. Then, in 2005, he won the Team Division World Championship of this same contest, known by many as the “Superbowl of Game Calling.” In August 2008, Jon Paul became the World Predator Calling Champion. The presentation was about calling and hunting coyotes since the coyote is becoming the top predator in most of the United States. Coyotes have even invaded urban areas and are known to attack dogs and cats. They have become unafraid of people and have confronted small children. Hunters must control the coyote population and preserve game for recreational hunters. Jon Paul showed several videos where calls were used to attract coyotes. He pointed out that when an effective decoy was used in conjunction with the proper distress call, the coyote gets tunnel vision and runs straight to the decoy. At the conclusion of his presentation, Jon Paul gave a brief sermon. Pastor Silvieus conducted the drawing

for door prizes in two categories – children and adults. The Church’s Sunday Worship Team band provided folk and bluegrass music during the evening. For more information on the speakers, visit or e-mail contact@harvestoutdoormin Thanks are given to Malafy’s Meat Processing in Milan for donating the venison hot dogs, to Will Brown for the venison, to Amenia Archery for door prizes, to Mashomack Game Preserve for donating the pheasants, to Ted and Bob Koch for cleaning all the pheasants, to Don Estes for his venison chili, to Stewart’s of Pine Plains for supplies, to Gander Mountain of Kingston for door prizes, to the super servers, kitchen, setup and cleanup helpers from the Upton Lake Christian School and the Church, to Mike Grey and the Band, to Kirby Barrett and helpers for the decorating, to Nate Silvieus and Brandon Larsen for the AV operation, and not to be forgotten, to chief cooks Doreen Brown and Sue Silvieus.


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For some time now, on Fridays during the day, our elderly citizens have congregated in the Senior Citizens Room in the Big Barn at Tymor Park. I was conversing with a number of fellow seniors here recently. Several of them came up with some interesting observations about how hard it is to believe that we survived without all of the laws, customs and nuances now in place. These are quoted first-hand: “Our baby cribs, toys and rooms were painted with bright-colored, lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.” “We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We’d leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one had cell phones and our parents couldn’t reach us for the entire day.” “We’d play dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We played with toy guns, cowboys and Indians, army, cops and robbers and used our fingers to simulate guns when the toy ones or a BB gun was not available.” “We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank sugary soda, but we were never overweight; we were always outside playing – not sitting at a TV, PlayStation or computer game all day.” “Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.” “Some students in school weren’t as smart as others or didn’t work, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same class. That generation produced some of the greatest risk-takers and problem-solvers in modern history. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned how to deal with it all.” “We all took gym (not PE) and risked permanent injury with a pair of high-top Keds, which were worn only for gym class. There wasn’t any such thing as a pair of crosstraining athletic shoes with air-cushion soles or built-in light reflectors. Flunking gym was not an option, even for those who were deemed not as physically gifted as others.”

“Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson by running in the halls with leather soles and hitting a wet spot. How much better off we would be today if we only knew we could have sued the school system.” “Once we settled in our classrooms, we all said prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Having to stay in detention after school each day for a couple of weeks caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches.” “Schools didn’t offer 14-year-olds an abortion or condoms but they did give us a couple of aspirin tablets and cough syrup if we started getting the sniffles.” “We played King of the Hill on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites. When we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48cent bottle of mercurochrome and then we got our butts spanked. Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it would impose such a threat.” “To top it off, not a single kid from my generation had ever been told he was from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that we needed to get into group therapy and anger-management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking Prozac.” How did we survive?

Hyde Park Knights raising funds for local family


Knights of Columbus Council 6111 of Hyde Park is helping to raise funds for a young girl who needs a liver transplant. The Knights are raising funds to support Jazmine Cappillino and her family. The 12-year-old Regina Coeli student has been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack liver cells. The first planned fundraising event is a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Hyde Park Knights of Columbus hall, located on Route 9G, about 1 mile north of the East Park traffic light, on the east side of the roadway. Breakfast will consist of pancakes or French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Price is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62 and older, and $5 for children. If you are interested in donating to the Cappillino family, contact Phil Williams at 845-229-9406 or


This week Spaghetti Dinner Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s 4-H Youth Development Fair Committee will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse. Dinner is $5. All proceeds will go towards making improvements to 4-H buildings at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. For more information or to donate to the auction, contact Kelly Parker at 845-6778223, ext. 108, or Salamander Talk On Thursday, March 3, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli, Laura Heady, biodiversity outreach coordinator at NYSDEC, will present “Why Did the Salamander Cross the Road?” The program is part of the Tivoli Bays Talks series. Admission is free. Call 845-8894745, ext. 105 for more information. ‘Math and Science Matter’ Dutchess Community College will host its 15th Annual “Math and Science Matter … Especially for Young Women” on Saturday, March 5. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to girls in grades five through eight. Registration is $10. The program offers hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math developed by DCC faculty and is designed to engage girls in activities that highlight opportunities in those fields. Complete descriptions and an online registration form are available at Hearing Screening The Lions Hearing Committee, in conjunction with St. Francis Hospital, will offer free hearing screenings on Saturday, March 5, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., later if necessary, at the Millbrook Health Club (Millbrook Training Center & Spa) on Route 44 in Millbrook. The hearing center is in the bottom floor on the side of the building. It is handicapped accessible. Appointments are necessary. For more information or to set up an appointment, call Paul Zitzelsberger at 845-889-8297. Dutchess Peace Dutchess Peace will meet Monday, March 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie, to plan anti-war and anti-recruitment activities. All those interested in peace and social justice are invited. Call 845-876-7906 for more information. ‘Bluegrass Journey’ Local filmmakers Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer will screen their documentary “Bluegrass Journey” on Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Free Library, located in Watts dePeyster Hall at 86 Broadway, Tivoli. The film is a portrait of the contemporary bluegrass music scene, shot mostly in 2000, at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 845-757-3771.

Upcoming Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, March 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. Turn into the parking lot between the church and the library and enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925.


Upcoming Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, March 9, at the Dutchess County Division for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain a card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. For more information, call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. St. Patrick’s Day Dance The Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Seniors, will be held at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge on Monday, March 14, from noon to 4 p.m. A traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage will be served and music will be provided by the Bob Martinson Band. The Elks Lodge is located at 29 Overocker Rd. in Poughkeepsie. To register for the event, mail a check made out to Friends of Seniors to 42 Catharine St., Second Floor, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-2529. Tickets are $25 per person. Be sure to include the name of every person you are paying for. Reserved tables for ten are $250, and full payment for all guests must be sent together. For more information, call 845-485-1277.

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The Underground Railroad in Northern Dutchess

The following column contains excerpts from the “Underground Railroad” chapter of my soon-to-be-published book, “50 True Stories of the New York to Albany Post Road.”


The population of African Americans was greatest in urban areas along the Post Road, namely, New York City, Peekskill and Poughkeepsie. Also, most abolitionists and Underground Railroad “conductors” could be found in the same places. The major hiding places or “stations” on the Underground Railroad were free black churches, free black homes and homes and meetinghouses of Quaker families. Conductors rarely used the same station twice in a row, and there were numerous alternate tracks. We will follow a fictional runaway slave family from New York City to Albany, along and near the Post Road.


By 1851, Poughkeepsie had grown to be a small city with three distinct black neighborhoods. The black population was located: first, on the fringes of the central

business district bounded by Washington and Market streets; second, on “Long Row,” by the Almshouse; third, in the area of Catharine, Cottage, and Pine streets. Prominent abolitionist leaders in the black community were: David Ruggles, the Rev. Nathan Blount, the Rev. Samuel R. Ward, the Rev. James N. Mars, Uriah Brown, Ezekiel Pine and Peter Lee. Mutual aid societies and vigilance groups were centered mostly at the Catharine Street AME Zion Church, a few blocks east of the Post Road. The black population was so numerous that many runaway slaves felt it was safer to stay in Poughkeepsie instead of continuing on to Canada. There is recorded a very tragic story (with a happy ending) of a black runaway who tried to mingle with Poughkeepsie’s free black community: John A. Bolding was born about 1824 in South Carolina, a slave. He was biracial, almost white in color. About 1846, he escaped from his owner and in some way, now unknown, came north and settled at Poughkeepsie. He obtained work as a tailor in a shop on Main Street and early in 1851, married; his wife, a resident of Poughkeepsie, was also biracial. Some six months after John Bolding was married, a Southern woman, staying in Poughkeepsie, reported his presence there to his owner, Robert C. Anderson of Columbia, South Carolina, and Mr. Anderson instituted in New York City proceedings to recover him. As Bolding was at work in the tailor’s shop on Aug. 25, 1851, United States Marshall Henry F. Tallmadge arrived at the door in a closed carriage, seized Bolding forcibly, placed him in the carriage, drove to the railroad and took his prisoner to New York. There, in the next few days, the case was tried before United States Commissioner Nelson and by his decision Bolding was returned to Mr. Anderson. Meanwhile, the forcible seizure of the fugitive slave in Poughkeepsie by the United States Marshal, Mr. Tallmadge, had excited that northern village community to white heat, and at once a popular subscription was opened for the purpose of buying the slave and giving him his freedom. A fund was started at Poughkeepsie and contributions ranged from fractions of a dollar to as much as $50. Two weeks after Bolding had been abducted, he was a free man. A total of 168 Poughkeepsie citizens had contributed $1,109 for his release. A notebook was kept with the name and amount of money that each person contributed. Although most people on the list were not committed abolitionists, their sympathies toward slave freedom

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were completely evident. Some of the more noteworthy people on the list were: industrialist George Innis, historian Benson J. Lossing, retailers P. Luckey, J. Luckey, Daniel W. Platt, Isaac Platt and Vassar College founder Matthew Vassar Sr.


Our fictional runaway slave family could have stayed at any one of a number of safe houses in Poughkeepsie or even a couple of rumored Underground Railroad stations a little farther north in Hyde Park, on the Post Road. “Rosedale,” a beautiful and large house two miles north of Poughkeepsie, was a supposed stop. Of all the legendary but unconfirmed stops, perhaps “Rosedale” is the most intriguing. It was owned by the grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Isaac Roosevelt, from 1832 to 1863. In the cellar of the mansion, there is a trap door, which leads to a stairway and a small sub-basement. This would have been a perfect place for runaways to hide. The historic Bergh Tavern in Hyde Park is claimed to be another stop. A former owner of the restaurant, Edmond Fabbie, said: “There was an underground tunnel, which still existed in the 1960s, but after the timber supports collapsed, the tunnel was filled in. It went from the southeast corner of the building, and up the hill to another house that was on the property. They would move the slaves through the tunnel, between the two houses, waiting for wagons outside to take them north to Canada. I spoke to a fella who grew up in the house and he used to play in the tunnels. He said he had some things in his possession that he had found there, including some old coins.” About a half mile east of the Post Road in Hyde Park, before and during the Civil War, there was a hamlet of perhaps a couple of dozen ramshackle homes called the Guinea community. The residents were mostly former slaves of the river estate families, such as the Pendletons, Bards and Stoutenburghs. Some residents may have been freed slaves from other localities and some (temporary) residents may have been runaway slaves from the South. It would have been very easy for freedom-seeking slaves to mingle with the black residents at Guinea. The most prominent member of the community was Primus Martin.


Farther north, in Rhinebeck, there is a legend that a tunnel ran under Livingston Street from, house to house, a few yards east of the Post Road. The Rev. Robert Scott, founder of the Baptist Church on that street,

was one of the more vocal abolitionists in the area. (It is interesting to note that if every rumored tunnel was used frequently, the escape to freedom would have been damp and dark, indeed.) Three miles more and they could have stayed for a rest or overnight at the Quaker Meeting House, and even farther, they probably would have changed direction to hide out in the City of Hudson, a city founded by and almost entirely populated by Quakers, three miles west of the Post Road. Undoubtedly, there were also safe homes and barns in Clavarack, Kinderhook, Schodack, Ghent and East Greenbush. The Albany area was crowded with abolitionists and our slave family would have been home free and on their way to Canada. Carney Rhinevault is Hyde Park Town Historian and author of “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” Additional work by Tatiana Rhinevault, illustrator of this column, can be found at www.


Rohn E. Anderson, 53, a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Monday, February 21, 2011 at home. Mr. Anderson was a machinist with Sedgewick Machines and Schatz Federal Bearing, both in Poughkeepsie. Rohn attended F. D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, and the Hyde Park United Methodist Church. His hobbies included reading, and playing music. In his younger years, he was very adventurous and somewhat of a daredevil. Born in Poughkeepsie on March 29, 1957, he was the son of the late Raymond J. Anderson and Margaret MacIsaac Anderson. His mother survives in Hyde Park. On September 16, 1979 in the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, he married Jane E. Rogler. Mrs. Anderson survives in Hyde Park. Rohn liked to spend time with his family, especially caring for his mother. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his three sons, Marc Anderson and wife, Nancie, of Hyde Park, Stephen Anderson of Poughkeepsie, and Daniel Anderson of Hyde Park; grandson, Bryan Anderson of Hyde Park; four sisters, Donna Imperatori, Christina Ciampaglione and husband, Vincent, Kathryn Truitt and husband, Bill, and Robin Trainor and husband, Tim, all of Hyde Park; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his uncle, Carl. Calling hours were from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A funeral service took place at 4:30 p.m. during the calling hours. The Rev. Arlene Dawber officiated. In keeping with Rohn’s wishes, cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. To send a condolence or for directions, visit > continued on next page


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Betty V. Gallagher, 82, a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie, died Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Gallagher worked for the Culinary Institute of America and retired in 1993. Betty was a longtime member of the Arlington Reformed Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher, and was active with the church’s Women’s Guild, Consistory, and Rainbow Committee. She was also a member of the Hyde Park Senior Citizens. Betty had a love for cats and she enjoyed baking and decorating cakes for her family and church functions. Born in Poughkeepsie on February 28, 1928, she was the daughter of Lewis C. and Viola LaDue Polk. Betty graduated from Poughkeepsie High School, the class of 1946. On May 30, 1948 she married James P. Gallagher in Poughkeepsie. Her husband of 62 years survives at home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Jimmy Gallagher and wife, Inge, of Rhinebeck; daughter, Corinne Ringwood and husband, Jim, of Poughkeepsie; sister, Shirley Simmons of Greenville, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie and Kimberly Barton, Kristine and Jamie Ringwood, Patty Zawistowski, and Tina Goldman; great grandchildren, Alyssa Douglass, D’angelo, Clifton, Sierra, Christian, and Kelsey Williams, Julianna and Kevin Hocutt, Thomas Miller, Gabrielle Goldman, and Ryan and Erica Zawistowski; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Lewis C. Polk Jr. The Gallagher family would like to thank Betty’s visiting nurse, Linda, who helped a great deal with her care at home. There are no calling hours. A memorial service was held on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. The Rev. Randall Prentiss officiated. In accordance with Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Burial in the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie will take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Loving and supportive mother and grammy, devoted sister, aunt and friend, Carol A. Richtmyer passed away February 23, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on January 11, 1944, in Eastchester, NY, Carol was the seventh of Walter F. and Marie (Sutliff) Crane’s eight children. She graduated from Eastchester high school and Berkley School For Business. On May 23, 1963, she married the love of her life, Stanley (Rick) E. Richtmyer, who predeceased her in July of 2002. They spent the early years of their marriage living in Eastchester and Yonkers, before finally settling in Poughkeepsie to raise their three children.

Carol worked for many years for Kraft/ General Foods in White Plains before the disabling effects of Multiple Sclerosis made it impossible to continue. She left General Foods with many good friends and fond memories. Her premature exit of the workforce allowed her to spend an abundance of time with her grandchildren, Greg, Katie, Andrew, and Conor. They were the sunshine of her life, and she had the patience and playful spirit to play their seemingly endless games, never seeming to grow tired or bored. Carol leaves behind three children, Kim Harris, Hyde Park, NY, Richard Richtmyer, Philadelphia, PA, and Jennifer Barton, with whom she made her home in Hyde Park. Carol is also survived by her grandchildren, Greg, Katie, and Conor Harris, and Andrew Barton, all of Hyde Park, a brother, Doug Crane, and his wife Maureen, of New Rochelle, NY, and a sisters-in-law, Grace Shen Crane and Sandra Ortiz Crane Garcia, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband Rick, Carol is predeceased by brothers Robert F., Thomas A., David, Gerard and John Crane, sister Betty Grab, and son-in-law, Gary C. Harris. Carol also leaves behind a multitude of caring friends. If you were to ask any of them for a special memory of Carol, it would no doubt end with the statement “I never laughed so hard in my entire life!” Although in the last few years her health began to deteriorate, she never lost her sense of humor or her zest for life. Carol’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Vassar Hospital, South Circle Five, for the caring and compassion they showed Carol, as well as her family, at a very difficult time. They are among the most competent and empathetic professionals they have dealt with during her final illness, and they are eternally grateful for the exceptional level of care Carol received as a patient. Carol’s arrangements have been entrusted to the care Sweet’s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Calling hours were from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, February 25, 2011 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 26 at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Fr. Michael Palazzo officiated. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family. To send an online condolence, or for directions, visit


George B. Hooper, Ph.D., 86, a Hyde Park resident for over 50 years, died Saturday, February 26, 2011 with his family at his side. He was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1924, he was the son of the late Robert B. and Lillian Schmidt Hooper. At a young age his family moved to Livingston, NJ, where he was raised. Dr. Hooper was a 1949 graduate of Seton Hall University, and went on to receive his Doctorate in Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 1956. During this time, he proudly served in the United States Army as we fought the Korean War. He began his teaching career at Princeton and moved to New York in 1957, when he became an Assistant Professor at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. Dr. Hooper started teaching at Marist College in Poughkeepsie in 1960. He was a Professor Emeritus and Heritage Professor, who had a 31-year-long commitment to Marist as a professor and administrator in the Division of Natural Sciences.

He had a professional passion and lifelong interest in genetics, and did many years of research with Drosophila. He was a member of many professional organizations, including the Society of Sigma Xi, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society of Naturalists and Zoologists. George was a member of Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park. Dr. Hooper loved the outdoors; he enjoyed camping, hiking and especially spending time fly fishing. He was an active member of Trout Unlimited for many years, and was very talented at fly tying, so much so that he was a local fly tying instructor and published author on the topic. His manual was entitled “Handbook for Left Handed Fly Tying.” He also enjoyed spending time in the southwest United States, and during one of his sabbaticals, he taught at Arizona State University. On October 7, 1950 in Livingston, NJ, he married Catherine A. Weber. Mrs. Hooper, his wife of over sixty years, survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children, Carol Wawrzonek and husband, Peter, of Staatsburg, George Hooper Jr., and wife, Jamie, of Red Hook, Roger Hooper and wife, Michele, of East Fishkill, and Christina Restko

and husband, Matt Bouska, of Albuquerque, NM; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, David, Lindsey Rae, Ryan, Kayla, Jocelynn, and Erin; one great grandson, Evan; two brothers, Robert B. Hooper and wife, Elsie, of California, and John N. Hooper and wife, Hilda, of Rhode Island; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 3, at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Dr. Hooper’s family would like to thank all his wonderful caregivers as he progressed through his illness, especially Eileen, Mary Jo, Kristen, and Suzette. Also, the nurses and staff at Renaissance Rehab. and Nursing Care Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. George B. Hooper Science Scholarship Fund at Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or, Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited, PO Box 982, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or your favorite charity. To send a condolence or for directions, visit Notice of formation: The Green Queens Natural Beauty Products, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with SSNY 11/10/10. Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as the agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: PO Box 224, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. No specific dissolution date. Purpose: Natural beauty products. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC)Name: ROOSEVELT ROAD HOLDINGS, LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on December 22, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County Principal Business Location: 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. PREMIER AFFILIATES, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 2/11/11; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 243 North Rd Ste 304, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity.

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Nearly 10,000 police officers from around the country turned out in the quiet town of Carmel to say goodbye to one of their own. All manner of law enforcement lined the route to St. James the Apostle Church, where Archbishop Timothy Dolan conducted the funeral mass for Det. John Falcone. Many more joined police in paying tribute to the 44-year-old hero, who was shot to death in the line of duty at the Poughkeepsie train station Feb. 18. Many of the mourners traveled in a large motorcade to Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn for the burial. Photo gallery at

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(845) 483-5140

Saint Francis Hospital, 241 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

SALES 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm Saturdays

SERVICE 8am - 7pm Monday - Friday 8am - 3pm Saturdays

845.876.7074 6444 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Photos by Nicole DeLawder.



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