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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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The Hyde Park town supervisor recently re-affirmed his commitment to building a new facility to house the town police department and court staff, provided the total cost comes in under $2.8 million. In November, voters in Hyde Park approved a bond resolution allowing the newly elected town board to spend up to $2.8 million on a new police/court facility. In a one-on-one interview at Town Hall, Supervisor Tom Martino said the board has been proceeding with the plans and remains committed to building the new facility. “We want to move ahead on this ASAP,” Martino said. “And we’re somewhat confident that the bids will come in below what the people of Hyde Park have voted to bond for. “I’m looking forward to this project materializing,” he added. Currently, the plan is to build the facility on a property at the northwest corner of Crum Elbow and Cardinal roads that will be donated to the town by longtime Hyde Park resident John Golden. Martino explained the property will be subdivided off a larger parcel. He said the town cannot work on property it does not currently own. “Once we get the subdivision, we will proceed from there,” he said. “We don’t own the property yet.” Reached by telephone Golden said, “I’m willing to sign the property over tomorrow if it moves the project forward.” Martino said, though, he hopes to have

John Golden stands on land he has generously donated to Hyde Park for the proposed police/court facility. The property is off Crum Elbow Road and Cardinal Road. Golden has been a longtime benefactor of his home town. Photo by Jim Langan.

the new facility up and running by the first quarter of 2011. “I’m concerned about bringing it in under budget and that it be done in an expeditious manner,” Martino said. “The only way it won’t happen is if it comes in over budget. “I think it will come in under, given the state of the economy,” he added. Martino said getting the price tag under $2.8 million is crucial to the life of the project. When asked if there was reason to believe it would exceed the bond, he replied, “Well, if it does, that would really pose a problem. By law, we cannot go over.” Martino provided Hudson Valley News with copies of documents from Mauri Associates Architects, the architectural firm planning the facility. A breakdown of probable costs shows, according to Mauri Associates, as planned,

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the cost of the facility would come in at about $40,000 over the $2.8 million bond, though a second document outlines “possible deduct alternates to bring bids within approved funds,” which shave about $460,000 off the total cost, bringing the total cost to about $2.38 million. “The final product is adjustable as we go along, depending on costs,” Martino said. Martino said the board has been working with architects and Surveyor Mike Dalbo to tweak the site plan in the meantime. He said the town recently spent $18,000 to redesign the layout of the storm-water collection system and septic tank at the request of Golden. The number of parking spaces was also increased from 68 to 91 in anticipation of large crowds at the facility on days court will be held. > continued on page 2

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“Ninety-one parking spaces in the new facility, as of now, should be suffice,” Martino said. Martino’s apparent enthusiasm over bringing the project to fruition contradicts statements made by other board members. Recently, Councilman Jim Monks reportedly told a group of AARP members not to worry about their taxes rising as a result of the new facility because the facility will not likely be approved by the town board. Councilman Mike Athanas also reportedly made similar comments. Martino said he cannot confirm statements made by other board members, but reiterated the only way the facility will not be built is if the total cost exceeds the $2.8 million bond. In a related matter, Martino said the search for a new chief of police has begun and the town is looking at candidates with experience heading police departments.

He explained the town is required to interview candidates from a list of people who have taken and passed a chiefs’ exam. He said it is unlikely the town will promote a new chief from within the department as none of the town police officers has taken the exam.

GOOD NEWS FOR NY’S STATE PARKS (SORT OF) BY HV NEWS STAFF

Apparently, state senators and assemblymen from across the state have been listening to the multitude of New Yorkers who have railed against the governor’s proposal to close up to 88 state parks and implement service reductions at others in an attempt to balance the budget. Under the governor’s proposed spending plan, 33 state parks can be saved if the Legislature approves a measure to expend $5 million from the Environmental Protection Fund for the parks. Officials from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have said it would take $11 million to save all 88 state parks. According to a document from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, last week, both houses of the Legislature approved “onehouse” budget resolutions, outlining recommendations to alter the governor’s increasingly unpopular proposed budget. This didn’t deter the alleged thief, though, Under both houses’ plans, no state parks as soon after the church reported damage to would have to close or reduce services the locked doors and more stolen wine, police said. The church even began locking its main doors, which it had never done before, though the alleged thief managed to steal more wine after breaking a stained-glass window. On March 26, after a thorough investigation by Hyde Park Police, Irvin BY HV NEWS STAFF reportedly admitted to the multiple burglaries If you drive aggressively, you better and larcenies. slow down when travelling in Dutchess Irvin was charged with six counts of County as more than $109,000 has burglary in the third degree, a class-D felony, been awarded to local law-enforcement criminal mischief in the second, a class-D agencies throughout the county for the felony, and six counts of petty larceny, a 2010 Selective Traffic Enforcement class-A misdemeanor. Program. He was arraigned at Hyde Park Justice The money will be used to put additional Court before Judge David Steinberg and patrols on Dutchess County roadways to was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on target aggressive drivers. $10,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Editors note: As head of the citizens’ committee that did the research and work on the facility last year, I can assure you the only reason this facility could come in over budget is if it is allowed to. The facility will cost what the town wants it to cost. Martino has the authority to control that. The board simply has to tell the architect the parameters and proceed accordingly. Our committee settled on the $2.8 million figure as the very high end of the range but all agreed it should cost appreciably less. In my opinion, a first-class facility can be built for considerably less than $2.8 million and should be. If this is a good faith effort by the board, the $2.8 million number is a non-factor. –Jim Langan

CHURCH BURGLAR CHARGED WITH SLEW OF FELONIES BY HV NEWS STAFF

Hyde Park Police have reportedly cracked the case of the stolen communion wine. The department reports Andrew L. Irvin, 29, of Hyde Park, was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges after he admitted to breaking into St. James Church and stealing communion wine and collection money on multiple occasions. According to police, on Jan. 10, the department received the first complaint for a break-in and theft of several bottles of communion wine at the church. Over the next few weeks, Hyde Park Police received additional reports of larcenies of bottles of wine and money. The church stepped up security measures in wake of the larcenies, requesting additional police patrols and installing locks on closets where the wine was stored.

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and the Environmental Protection Fund would not have to be dipped into. The state Senate’s proposal restores $11 million in funding for state parks operating expenses to avoid the need for park closings. According to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the source of the money is unidentified, though the office has reportedly been told the Senate wants to use bonding to free up a portion of the agency’s revenue. The Assembly’s resolution restores $11.25 million to the parks budget from the state general fund, according to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. While this news may give fans of state parks hope, it does not mean the parks will be saved for certain as a final state budget must be adopted by both houses of the Legislature and approved by the governor, who was reportedly critical of both houses’ budget resolutions.

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The money will be allocated to 15 police agencies and municipalities through the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board. “Many of the motor vehicle crashes in our communities can be directly attributed to speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors,” said County Executive William Steinhaus in a press release. “This funding helps make Dutchess County roadways safer for our residents by putting police officers out on the street to target drivers whose aggressive actions may lead to serious accidents.” Throughout 2010, additional patrols will be deployed during times when crashes are statistically most likely to occur. Officers will be on the lookout for such behavior as running red lights, speeding, failure to yield right of way, following too closely and unsafe passing. Included in the funding is more than $17,000 for the purchase of equipment to assist with the detection and identification of violators.

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EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

HYDE PARK

police blotter BY HV NEWS STAFF RED HOOK MAN, TIVOLI YOUTH BUSTED FOR POT, PARAPHERNALIA

According to Hyde Park Police, on March 19 at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop on Route 9 near Roosevelt Theaters after observing the driver, Jordan B. Kanner, 19, of Red Hook, using his cell phone. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers reportedly observed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in substantial quantities of marijuana being found as well as drug paraphernalia. During the investigation, a 17-yearold Tivoli resident reportedly began acting nervous asked if she could leave the scene and get picked up down the road. A subsequent search of her purse revealed a hidden pocket filled with a large amount of marijuana as well as additional drug paraphernalia. Kanner was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a class-B misdemeanor, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second, a class-A misdemeanor. The 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld, was arrested on the same charges. Both defendants were taken into custody by Hyde Park Police and issued appearance tickets to return to Hyde Park Justice Court on April 15.

MAN FAILED IN ATTEMPT TO EVADE COPS

On March 21 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Hyde Park Police received a dispatch to be on the lookout for a vehicle that was recently stolen from a residence. Hyde Park Police and Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies were coordinating plans when they observed a vehicle matching the description traveling southbound on Route 9 near Terwilliger Road. The driver of the vehicle, Michael P. Guido, 24, of Hyde Park, reportedly spotted police and made an abrupt right turn onto South Drive and began to drive at a high rate of speed. The deputy followed the vehicle onto South Drive as Hyde Park Police traveled north on Route 9 to intercept. The vehicle then entered back onto Route 9 northbound and would not comply with police attempting to stop the vehicle, police said, and a pursuit ensued for several miles. Hyde Park Police blocked the roadway just north of Scenic Drive and upon seeing the unit, the vehicle turned into Royal Crest Apartments, police said. Multiple Hyde Park Police and sheriff’s units boxed the vehicle in and took Guido into custody. Guido then reportedly complied with police and was taken into custody by DCSO for multiple traffic charges as well as a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third, a class-A misdemeanor, from Hyde Park Police.

UNLICENSED DRIVER BUSTED

On March 21 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a property-damage auto accident between two vehicles in the area of Dairy Queen on Route 9. Hyde Park Police were reportedly familiar with one of the drivers, Joseph Sucato, 24, of Hyde Park, and that he had a suspended New York State identification. He admitted to driving without a license, police said. Sucato was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. He was field processed and issued an appearance ticket to return to Hyde Park Justice Court.

ROUTINE STOP LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR DRIVER

On March 23 at approximately 2 p.m. a Hyde Park Police officer was observing traffic traveling northbound on Route 9G for a “Buckle Up New York Zero-Tolerance Seat Belt Enforcement” detail. Hyde Park Police reportedly observed a vehicle pass with the driver not wearing a seat belt and initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation it was revealed that the driver, Ronald Ingraham, 42, of Red Hook, was operating the vehicle with a revoked New York State identification card, and that the vehicle was not registered or insured, police said. Ingraham reportedly stated he borrowed a plate from a friend after he had just bought the vehicle and was driving it home to Red Hook. A further check revealed that Ingraham had an active bench warrant out of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged by Hyde Park officers with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, no/expired license, a class-A misdemeanor, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, a traffic infraction and no seatbelt, a traffic infraction. He was transported to the sheriff’s office for the active warrant. The vehicle’s plate was confiscated and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

UNLICENSED DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER ACCIDENT

On March 24 at approximately 3:45 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to the Holt Road area for a rear-end motor vehicle accident. Upon routine license check it was revealed that one of the drivers, Jesse L. Gibbons, had a suspended driver’s license. Gibbins was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. He was field processed and issued an appearance ticket to return to Hyde Park Justice Court.

TO INVADE HIGHLAND BY HV NEWS STAFF

In the wake of failed negotiations between the Hyde Park Town Board, Scenic Hudson and officials in Highland, Hyde Park’s Supervisor-for-Life Tom Martino last week said, “At present, a state of war exists between Hyde Park and Highland.” At issue is Scenic Hudson’s recent acquisition of 160 acres in Highland in order to preserve the view across the river from FDR’s home. The Martino administration has made it clear they want every inch of green space for their development overlords and the attorneys who represent them. “The last things my guys want to see is some poofy piece of forest staring back at them while they’re laying down the asphalt,” an exasperated Martino told a crowd assembled outside the new FDR Springwood Outlet Mall. “Scenic Hudson and its supporters have spent years trying to preserve all these parcels and coddle the annoying animals that populate them. “It’s time we did something for the strip mall people and to hell with the Blanding’s turtle,” said a visibly angry Martino. Surrounded by three fellow board members (Sue Serino is currently in exile at Bannerman’s Island for an “independent thinking transgression”), Martino said an armada of ships, led by “Admiral” Jim Monks would depart from Rogers’ Point Boat Club shortly to recapture Highland. Monks said, “I will use the experience I gained as a young naval officer in the Spanish-American War to defeat the conquistadors from Scenic Hudson. I have put in a call to President Teddy Roosevelt and asked that a regiment of cavalry be dispatched immediately.” Commenting on the plan to invade Highland, Ward 1 Councilman Mike Athanas asked Monks, “Why are we invading Scotland?” Councilman and newly appointed Police Chief Michael Taylor, speaking in his native German, told the crowd he would be declaring martial law and would incarcerate anyone caught with a copy of the “subversive” Hudson Valley News. “The last thing we need now is a newspaper that actually reports the news and describes the situation in detail,” said Taylor. “Truth is the enemy of deceit. We’ll stick with the Poughkeepsie Journal. They don’t have a clue and by the time they report it, it’s over. And anyone seen displaying a Thug ‘O Meter in any form will be subject to summary execution.” Martino also stated that Town Attorney James Horan has been appointed Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court “in order to move the process along where necessary.” Horan said, “Umm, we need to speak with one voice and eliminate all unnecessary impediments to progress like the first amendment and that damn planning board.

Images created by Nicole DeLawder.

Umm, after consulting with Mr. Martino, I have further determined that both Michael Dupree and John Bickford shall henceforth be considered enemy combatants and if captured will face a military tribunal at Gitmo. And after we retake Highland, we intend to take the Vanderbilt Gardens project by eminent domain and build 1,200 single-unit apartments to accommodate the refugees fleeing war-torn Highland.” Speaking from an undisclosed location, a horrified Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said, “We intend to fight for our land if we have to have a fundraiser every night of the week in Westchester.” Asked what Scenic Hudson was doing to prepare for the coming conflict, Sullivan said, “I’ve spoken to Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Beach and she assures me she can come up with an infantry uniform that is preppy and smart as well as functional. We’ll be ready for Monks and those tall ships.”

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New village law restricts cutting of certain trees

WALKWAY NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A new law passed in the Village of Rhinebeck prohibits homeowners from cutting or pruning certain trees on their property. Cecily Frazier, chairwoman of the Village of Rhinebeck Tree Commission, explained the new law was enacted to protect “street trees,” which essentially are trees located between sidewalks and the roadway. Under the new law, anyone who wants to cut down, trim or prune any of these trees will have to apply for a permit through the village clerk’s office. When the application is received, it will be reviewed by the tree commission, which will examine the tree and make recommendations to the village board. The village board will then make the final determination on whether the tree should be cut or pruned. Frazier said oftentimes, after the board makes its determination, the village will take care of the cutting or pruning for the homeowner. “Our mission is to explain the tree law and help people understand there has been a change in the law,” Frazier said. “It’s simply a way to manage street trees,” she said of the law. “We’re trying to prevent random cutting” The process of determining which trees qualify as street trees will vary in different neighborhoods, Frazier explained. In areas that have sidewalks, street trees are defined as those trees between the sidewalk and the road. In areas without sidewalks, trees located within the right of way are classified as street trees. Frazier explained the right of way differs from street to street in the Village of Rhinebeck. For example, in many newer developments, the right of way is located 25 feet from the center of the road. Frazier says anyone trying to determine which of their trees are located within the right of way should check their deed or consult with the county records department. Frazier said improper pruning or trimming of trees can cause bacteria to enter a branch and cause an infection, which could quickly spread to other nearby trees. In hopes of spreading awareness of the new law and the importance of proper pruning, the tree commission has been hosting pruning workshops throughout the village. “There is a science to it, but once you learn how to do it, it’s not hard,” Frazier said. The tree commission will also be hosting its third tree-planting day on May 1 in an effort to diversify the village’s tree population. Frazier explained most trees in the village are Norway maples, which she said “are not the best trees.” Diversifying the tree population will help keep diseases from spreading, she said. “You want to have a selection – not only for beauty, but for protection,” Frazier said. For more information on the new law or to participate in the village-wide planting, contact Frazier at 845-876-7462 or see the clerk at Village Hall.

BY JIM LANGAN

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart has been chosen as the first executive director of the Walkway Over the Hudson. The walkway was the brainchild of attorney Fred Schaeffer, who envisioned transforming the old Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge into a state park and community asset. Since its opening last fall, the walkway has exceeded all expectations with over 400,000 visitors from October to January alone. Waldstein-Hart has a strong background in the non-profit world, fundraising and organization. She has worked for CARE, Save the Children and traveled extensively in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has most recently been involved in efforts to develop a Regional Visitor Center to promote historic and regional tourism in the Mid Hudson Valley.

The Hyde Park resident says she is looking forward to assuming her post on April 5. “I’m excited about celebrating the completion of the walkway on May 15, when we unveil the lighting on the bridge in conjunction with fun, food and music for all,” she said. “I have a lot of exciting ideas for the walkway and can’t wait to get started.” Waldstein-Hart told Hudson Valley News she sees the walkway “helping connect people of the Hudson Valley and bringing a positive focus to the Hudson River.” She added, “The walkway brings a real optimism about what can be accomplished. Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart is the executive I’m hopeful the walkway can provide director of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Photo by Jim Langan. much-needed tourism and revenue to this area. I’m also grateful to the people from commitment and financial support. They the park service for all their hard work all made Fred Schaeffer’s vision become a as well as the Dyson Foundation for its glorious reality.”

TYNER SWITCHES PARTIES BY HV NEWS STAFF

After a chance meeting with Conservative pundit Glenn Beck, local County Legislator Joel Tyner has decided to switch parties and become a Republican. “Who knew Glenn Beck liked the bar at The Beekman Arms?” said a star-struck Tyner. In a press release, Tyner said, “Over a couple non-alcoholic beers, Glenn Beck showed me the error of my ways and after some serious soul-searching, I’ve decided to join my new pal Glenn and start standing up for the wealthy residents of Dutchess County, who are really going through some tough times with the plummeting stock market and dwindling 401(k) plans. And I’m worried sick about the weekenders. They’ve been hit very hard by the Obama recession.” In another press release, Tyner said his first order of business as a Republican would be to impose a 300% surcharge on riders of the Loop Bus system and use the money to build a new clubhouse at the Red Hook Country Club. “I spent so much time and energy making those damn hybrid buses happen, and I never even got so much as a ‘thank you’ from those bottom-feeding bus riders,” Tyner said. “And plus, according to Glenn, most of them don’t even vote. How will I ever advance my political career if I keep pandering to these losers?” During a press conference announcing his political transformation, Tyner and Beck appeared on the steps of the county office building in Poughkeepsie with the dead body of a horse. The horse’s rotting corpse had the word “PROGRESSIVE” spray painted on it. At the close of the press conference,

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New BFFs Joel Tyner and Glenn Beck. Image created by Nicole DeLawder.

Tyner and Beck proceeded to beat the dead horse with Tyner’s autographed copy of “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. In yet another press release, Tyner said he now believes the county’s practice of incinerating trash should be continued, a stark contrast to the zero-waste initiative he pushed as a Democrat. “I’ve been fighting for the environment for decades now, and where has it gotten me?” Tyner said. “Screw the environment.” Tyner added any trash that exceeds the capacity of the incinerator should be dumped in impoverished neighborhoods in Poughkeepsie. Reached for comment at his home in New Canaan, Conn., Beck said he didn’t know what to make of Tyner at first. “So I was sitting at the bar, drinking my O’Doul’s, when this excited, fasttalking guy from Clinton, N.Y. came in to yell at me for comparing Obama to

Hitler,” he said. “He continued talking and talking and talking all night, but I have no idea what he was saying. I don’t really listen to people who disagree with me.” Beck says he did his best to ignore Tyner and let him continue talking until closing time while he shook hands with fans at the Beekman Arms. “With a guy like Joel Tyner, it’s kind of like going fishing,” Beck said. “You’ve gotta let him fight until he gets tuckered out and gives up. Then you reel him in.” With Tyner exhausted and suffering a crippling case of cotton mouth, Beck wooed Tyner to the Republican Party with tales of Ronald Reagan’s political triumphs over freedom-hating liberals. “I’m just a guy who cares an awful lot about his country,” sobbed a weepy Beck. “Having a guy like Tyner on our side simply makes America safer,” he added. “Plus, we both have the same barber.”


GUEST COLUMN

Dunkin’ Donuts dilemma BY VICTORIA KAMPF The residents of Mansion Drive in Hyde Park are not at all pleased with the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts relocation site plan. They came to the Wednesday, March 17 planning board meeting to voice their opposition. Apparently, the present owners of Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 9 have purchased a residence on the northwest corner of Mansion Drive and Route 9 with the intent of building a new Dunkin’ Donuts and then renting out their present retail center to another business or bank. The six residents of Mansion Drive who spoke at the public hearing voiced their disapproval of the proposed project by keying in on issues of traffic safety, traffic congestion, safety of children playing along Mansion Drive, noise, intrusive lighting and depreciation of property values due to the proximity of the new commercial site to their homes. They also felt their peaceful existence in this stonewall-enclosed community will be negatively impacted. One resident indicated that it is difficult presently to back out of his driveway and dreads to imagine what it will be like if the proposed site comes to fruition. All of the Mansion Drive residents were of one voice in their concerns that the proposed site plan will not alleviate the present traffic congestion on Route 9 due to motorists making right turns to go south into Dunkin’ Donuts. It is even worse, they indicated, when motorists leave Dunkin’ Donuts, going north and south, especially at the height of morning commuter traffic. Residents felt that site plan showing an entrance and exit from Dunkin’ Donuts off Mansion Drive will only compound a deplorable traffic situation and will not decrease traffic congestion. In my capacity as past chairwoman of the Route 9G Corridor Committee, I wanted to share with planning board members and the residents of Mansion Drive the fact that the residents of the Greenbush Drive area, along with Route 9G Corridor Committee members, are opposed to a drive-through proposal on the Route 9G Dunkin’ Donuts site. Committee members and residents cited traffic safety and congestion as major concerns. The drive-through was eventually deleted from the site plan. I posed this possibility to the planning board for the Route 9 Dunkin’ Donuts site plan, especially if a bank rents the present building and seeks a drive-through for its customers. Another concern raised was the issue of school bus traffic in the morning hours, which would impact traffic patterns on Mansion Drive as well. The planning board listened intently to all speakers at the hearing, taking notes and, while showing understanding for the concerns of the Mansion Drive residents, indicated that the planning board does not have jurisdiction in the matter of property values.

Anticipating the possibility of traffic flow problems with regard to the new site for Dunkin’ Donuts, the planning board hired William Fitzpatrick, a retired DOT employee and Hyde Park resident, as a traffic consultant. He indicated that the new right and left (north and south) turns off Mansion Drive onto Route 9 would help maintain a fluid traffic flow. The present entrance to the Dunkin’ Donuts site would be maintained and customer traffic could also exit onto Mansion Drive, and on Route 9. Fitzpatrick also indicated that a traffic light could be installed at this intersection, especially if a proposed super market to the rear of the Hyde Park Shopping Center becomes a reality. If this does occur, the present entrance to Mansion Drive could be aligned with the entrance to McDonald’s. He did, however, indicate that this is not a definite possibility at present. Mansion Drive residents did not appear to be too comforted with Fitzpatrick’s initial overview. The planning board re-assured the residents that all of their comments would be taken into consideration and that other agencies would be forwarding comments and recommendations to the planning board regarding the new site plan. One of these agencies is Dutchess County Planning and Development. A second public hearing is scheduled for April 21. Following the hearing, when I met with some of the Mansion Drive residents, who were still very concerned about the project, I indicated to them that it had been my experience as the chairwoman of the Route 9G Corridor Committee that the planning board always took quite seriously all comments of residents during public hearings. I mentioned to them that the planning board is governed by rules and regulations as designated by town codes and that they must act accordingly. Residents should continue to speak at public hearings, seeking modifications of site plans to help ease their concerns. Residents may also go to the Hyde Park Town Board to voice disapproval of the present zoning code for their particular area. Changes may be made in zoning, as they have been for other issues recently, so anything is possible. It is hoped that a compromise will result with all parties being pleased with the outcome. I can only add at this time how much I respect the planning board volunteers. These residents of Hyde Park spend many hours going over site plans, zoning codes and maps. They also speak and work with residents and developers about plans brought before them, attend educational classes and spend time walking sites under consideration by the board for proposed development. They work tirelessly for our town. Victoria Kampf is former chairwoman of the Route 9G Corridor Committee. She can be reached at 845-229-5136.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER

BURGLARY SPREE BY HV NEWS STAFF

A Connecticut man was arrested for a slew of burglaries in Dutchess and Columbia counties as well as in Connecticut. Duane E. DuBois of Lakeville, Conn. was arrested after a lengthy investigation, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports. As a result of the arrest, Connecticut State Police, assisted by members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, executed a search warrant at the DuBois residence, where stolen property was recovered. DuBois was charged with felony counts of burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in the fourth.

He was arraigned in Town of Northeast Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County jail on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bail bond. He was scheduled to re-appear in court March 29 for a preliminary hearing. According to deputies, because the investigation is continuing, no further information can be released. Anyone with information regarding DuBois is asked to contact the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office at 845-486-3800 and ask to speak to Det. James Haire, Det. Thomas Cuddeback or Robert L. Harpp Jr.

Historical society picks new director BY HV NEWS STAFF

The Dutchess County Historical Society has named a new executive director. The society’s board of directors has selected John Garrity III as its new executive director after “an extensive search.” Garrity, a lifelong Dutchess County resident and a graduate of Marist College with a degree in history, has experience working with the historical archives at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, and as an archivist intern at the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College in Cambridge, England. As executive director, Garrity will be responsible for overall administration

Garrity. Photo submitted.

as well as the management of personnel, programs, events, collections and fundraising for the historical society. “We are looking forward to working with John as we strive to enhance the Society’s educational programs, outreach and conservation activities,” said board President Richard Birch in a press release.

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The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce monthly contact breakfast was held at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park on March 25. Guest speaker was Fred Schaeffer, chairman of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Pictured, from left: Dot Chenevert (first vice president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce), John Coppola, (president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce) and Schaeffer. Photo submitted. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | march 31, 2010 {5}


opinion EDITORIAL Tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, marks the one-year anniversary of the first issue of Hudson Valley News. Being that our first issue hit newsstands on April Fool’s Day, we inserted a few phony news stories and jokes in our inaugural issue. You’ll find more of the same here this week. Since that first issue, we’ve continued to make jokes at the expense of some of our local politicians, malcontents and nut-jobs, and this week, we’re using April Fool’s Day as an excuse to go nuts. For the record, the Hyde Park Town Board is probably not planning to invade Highland and County Legislator Joel Tyner would never club a dead horse with a copy of “A People’s History of the United States” (sorry, Joel). But we think it’s important to add a bit of levity to the news to break up the oftendepressing stories we publish. In these dark times, who couldn’t use a laugh? There is far too much acrimony in politics, and it would be nice if some of the politicians we covered shared our sense of humor. No one likes being the butt of a joke, but we ask these people to remember they signed up for this when they decided to enter the public arena. As long as you keep reading, we’re not going to stop. From the “Thug ‘O Meter” to “In case you missed it,” expect a few laughs when you read this newspaper. And next year on April 1, expect us to cook up a few more wildly outlandish stories. Our competitors and predecessors wouldn’t dare do anything like this. Maybe that’s why status-quo newspapers are failing. People don’t buy newspapers because they want to be depressed. You buy a newspaper because you want to learn about your world. If we can make you chuckle, despite the fact that you just read an article about the plummeting value of your home or the thuggish activities of a certain town board, then we’re happy. We hope you enjoy this issue of Hudson Valley News and every edition that will follow. It has been a pleasure covering this region and the people who call it home over the past year and we’re looking forward to keeping you informed and laughing (no foolin’).

READERS RESPOND: TO THE EDITOR:

As a subscriber to your newspaper, I recently read the March 24 issue, and I must send you an e-mail with my comments. The front headline was “We’re broke,” which was referring to New York State. This headline could appear in any local paper in any state across the union, in addition to a national paper referring to the United States Treasury. I am a professional economist with 25 years of experience and write articles that have appeared in numerous national publications. Your “We’re Broke” article was fantastic, well-written and informative. Then I turned to page 6 and I saw Jonathan Smith’s article, “Three cheers for health care legislation.” My opinion on this article could not be more opposite than my opinion of the front-page article. Mr. Smith has no grasp on the facts, evidenced by the few facts he referenced in the article. It should be noted at this time that I am a registered independent and my interests lie strictly in economic policies that affect our great country. The legislation that was passed was nothing more than an attempt by Congress to spread our existing health care to an additional 32 million people. This means that there are 32 million new patients for the same amount of healthcare workers. Care will be rationed, lines will be longer, and patients will suffer. He fails to mention the $500 billion being stripped away from Medicare. That care was bought and paid for by the greatest generation and is being stolen by the baby boomers, of which I am embarrassed to be a member. He mentions that it will reduce the deficit by $138 billion in 10 years, but makes no mention that taxes start today, and benefits kick in year five. An article like this should not appear without an opposing view. I hope Mr. Smith’s grandparents are not among those who will have their health-care benefits dramatically reduced due to this new legislation. My projection is that this health care plan will not cost $900 billion over the first 10 years, as projected by the Congressional budget office. The true cost is completely an unknown. This is because the plan forces insurance companies to treat everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions. There is no rational way to project what this will do to the cost of health care over the next 10 years. In 1992, our great state of New York tried the same plan, meaning insurance companies were not able to ask any health questions to individual applicants. Albany thought this was a great idea and I remember how the state Senate celebrated this new law. What ended up happening is all insurance companies stopped providing health insurance to individuals. In other words, they made the problem worse. Mark and Chris Grimaldi Poughkeepsie {6} march 31, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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We are going to disrupt and dismantle al Qaeda. - President Obama while visting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. THE THUG O’ METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.

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We hear employees at town hall will no longer be able to access the Poughkeepsie Journal blogs which have been critical of some of Martino’s and the board’s activities. Clerk Donna McGrogan is said to have blocked the town hall computers on Monday. Can book burning be far behind?

E-MAIL US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM TO THE EDITOR:

Last Friday morning, I sent the following e-mail to Hyde Park Town Supervisor Tom Martino for a clarification of a reported statement that did not make any sense to me: Dear Supervisor Martino: Excuse me for asking for some clarification, but I was very confused by a remark that the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that you had made. It regarded the fact that the Hyde Park Town Board voted against Mr. Bill Ring for the Hyde Park Recreation Commission because of a “conflict of interest,” since he was “chair of the Hyde Park Democratic Committee.” I don’t understand what “conflict of interest” there could possibly be with one’s party affiliation, serving on a local party committee and a local recreation commission. Both situations are serving the public and working for the common good of the community. If I were to seek a nomination to a town commission or board, I would like to think that I would not be discriminated against because I am an active member in a political party. Also, by not voting for Mr. Ring, you are losing a valuable member of the recreation commission. Those who worked with him in the past will attest that he was extremely conscientious about the recreation trust fund – his main concern being to find the best ways to spend trust fund money so projects will benefit everyone in our community. He was a very active and reliable volunteer. Losing Bill is a huge loss for our community. I am very willing to engage with you in a constructive conversation on this issue. There was no response from Mr. Martino, however in the Sunday Poughkeepsie Journal, a new article on the subject quoted Mr. Martino slightly differently. Referring to Bill Ring, Mr. Martino is reported as saying, “He is a player in the Democratic committee in town. We felt that would be a conflict of interest.” My question still remains, what on earth does one’s party affiliation and whether they’re an “active player” or “chair” of a committee have to do with any conflict of interest with the recreation commission? Apparently, the recreation commission that interviewed Mr. Ring again and recommended his nomination to the town board did not think there was any “conflict of interest.” Previous administrations have not had any qualms about nominating qualified individuals of any party to town panels. What the residents of Hyde Park may want to ask Mr. Martino and the town board is, in what direction is this type of reasoning leading? Patricia Dreveny Hyde Park Democratic Committee Chairwoman


opinion READERS RESPOND: E-MAIL US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM the very well-organized Tea Party crowd and how incredibly angry they are. The real question is why are they so angry and will they stay mad through the 2010 election? The answer is yes, they will stay mad, and here’s why. These folks aren’t just mad about health care or any other issue. They’re frustrated by a political system that appears irretrievably broken unresponsive. They’re also frustrated USUALLY RIGHT and by what they perceive as a liberally biased BY JIM LANGAN media, hence the incredible success of Fox News and talking heads like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. But it’s more than that. This growing TEA PARTY COULD army of the disaffected is motivated by SWAMP DEMOCRATS one very powerful emotion. That emotion A friend and I were discussing the is fear of the unknown and a belief that recent rancorous debate about the health- the world is changing under their feet care bill. In particular, we were discussing and they have absolutely no control over the ugly images of a crowd of angry Tea the process. Fear and a perceived lack of Party activists shouting at members of control becomes anger faster than you can the Congressional Black Caucus as they say “Glenn Beck.” While it’s easy to focus entered the Capitol. It was a very troubling on Obama and the health-care fight, there image on many levels. You had a group of are other factors at work. red-faced, angry white The Tea Bag men hurling invectives as people see their whole a coterie of elected black value system under officials hurried by. In assault and it seems one video I watched, you Fear and a perceived to be happening at can even make the case warp speed. From lack of control that one of the Tea Party the increasing guys actually spit on becomes anger faster centralization of one of the congressmen. government power than you can say It reminded me of old and control to the footage of white mobs culture wars, people ‘Glenn Beck.’ cursing James Meredith are wondering where at Old Miss or South it will all end and Boston whites pelting whether they’ll be a school buses bringing place for them in this black kids into their new world. There is a neighborhood. It was certainly a scene I’d definite “Stop the world, I want to get off” thought we’d moved beyond. feel to the Tea Party movement. I don’t see That being said, before any of us go too that changing in the near term. far down the well-worn path of making it What I do see changing is the all about race, let’s think about what was composition of our legislatures and really going on and who these Tea Party Congress itself. Democrats are facing a people are. If you followed the health- political tsunami of historic proportions. care debate at all, you know it was a Republican incumbents seen as part of terribly partisan and controversial piece of the problem will be out on their padded legislation. For Democrats, passing health posteriors too. Republicans are likely to care was tantamount to saving the Obama take back the House and Senate and send presidency with a perceptible whiff of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid packing. “whether you like it or not.” Arrogance The only conceivable thing that could was the flash point, not race. lessen the carnage would be a meaningful Republicans painted the legislation as a economic recovery in time for fall and fiscal obscenity and a government takeover that’s highly unlikely. If Congress won’t of the health-care system. There was no in- listen to the people, the people will simply between or compromise as evidenced by change Congress. the fact not a single Republican voted for the bill and only a handful of conservative Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ Democrats crossed the aisle. thehudsonvalleynews.com. Forgetting the merits of the legislation for the moment, I keep coming back to

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TO THE EDITOR:

Have you heard the new tune from the Hyde Park Town Board? “Berated, Bothered and Belittled.” Each Monday, I alternate between horror and amazement at how Supervisor Tom Martino and Councilman Mike Taylor talk down to constituents. But the latest took the cake – a former Hyde Park policeman began to express his concerns, when, splat, Martino interrupted him for a 15-minute lecture about the budget. Then, a planning board member tried to speak but was ordered to sit down as though he was a kid. Shouldn’t a town board listen to and value the ideas and wishes of the residents they represent? If they aren’t concerned with constituents’ issues, whose agenda are they pushing? Michael Fleischer Hyde Park

TO THE EDITOR:

The Republicans did such a good job of playing the heavy in the health-care debate that it was hard not to root for the other side to win. There certainly was no shortage of hyperbole in their remarks. The bill actually bears no resemblance to the kind of government single-payer system in countries like Canada or Australia. It more closely resembles the systems in the Netherlands or Switzerland, in which private health insurers provide health coverage, but with tight regulation to control costs and quality. It remains to be seen whether our government, where insurers and drug companies have historically had so much influence, can rein them in. Since insurers will be mostly prohibited from pricing risk, like charging more for pre-existing conditions, the continued reliance on insurers is a bit of a puzzle. Insurance companies exist to price risks – if all they are doing is collecting premiums and paying and verifying bills, any competent administrative function can do the same, at much lower cost, with a bit of actuarial advice. The health-care bill does establish health insurance as a right (emergency health care, in the sense that hospitals will not let the uninsured bleed or die, has been a right for some time now). There is an asterisk to that right, though. In single-payer nations, like Japan, basic health care is your right just by being a citizen, without having to do anything. In our health bill, citizens are mandated to get health care. The government will help you out if you are poor, but the right is paired with an obligation. One of the surprises of the health-care debate, particularly in a nation with many conservative Christians, is that a lot of people do not believe health care is a right. The mandate clause may be a response to that sentiment. The bill does correct many problems, like dropping coverage for those sick or with pre-existing conditions, but most are simply guaranteeing people actually have the coverage they thought they (or their employer) were buying, or have the ability to obtain coverage. As the legislation took shape and finally passed, one thought came to mind – the V-8 commercial. The one where the character exclaims, after drinking a soda, “Wow, I could have had a (presumably healthier) V-8!” Here is what you could have had with a “Medicare for all,” single-payer system: • All the good things in the bill, plus: • Full universal coverage • No mandates • Real cost control – negotiated rates, bulk purchasing of drugs, and more • Free choice of doctor and hospital • Far better financing – 95% would pay less than now, minimal out-of-pocket costs • No constitutional disputes (works just like Medicare). My guess is that we will eventually wind up with Medicare for all, not through the current legislation, but because the current legislation will prove unable to rein in costs. If the current legislation does eventually work out, I’ll be glad to say, “They were right.” In the other case, I hope the proponents of this new health-care bill will be as generous to the Physicians for a National Health Plan (pnhp.org), whose views I have summarized. Frank Stoppenbach Red Hook

TO THE EDITOR:

I read with much interest the Poughkeepsie Journal report that Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino felt justified in not re-appointing William Ring as recreation commission director because Mr. Ring is the chairman of the Hyde Park Democratic Committee. (Actually, Mr. Ring no longer is the chairman.) There is no doubt about it, being a rec commission director is a highly political position. After all, it is well known that the Democrats want more volleyball referees than the Republicans do. And what about the big Democratic Party push for free bingo cards for the senior citizens? It’s entitlement gone mad, I tell you! Let them buy their own bingo cards! What ever happened to individual initiative? And let’s not forget about those organized bus trips. It’s pure socialism. We can’t have that in Hyde Park! How fortunate we all are to have a town board that has kept politics out of our rec department. Herb Sweet Hyde Park Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com dit i l@th h d ll | march h 31 31, 2010 {7}


FOR THE PEOPLE BY BILL MCCABE

Health-care reform at last

were incorporated into the law, including a continuation of George W. Bush’s tax-exempt Health Savings Accounts. Key aspects of the law take effect within the next three months, such as the opportunity for Americans with pre-existing conditions to obtain insurance through specially designed high-risk pools. And those with insurance can no longer be dropped from coverage when they get sick or face limits on the medical care they do receive. Within six months, dependents covered under family health insurance will be insured until age 26 if not covered by an employersponsored program. The law also allows small businesses a tax credit to cover 35% of the costs of health insurance for their employees in 2010, increasing to 50% in 2012. Under Medicare, for the first time, seniors will have coverage for routine physicals, and the Part-D prescription “doughnut hole” will be closed. Insurance companies will, in most ways, continue business as usual, but, for the first time, will be regulated to ensure justice and availability to consumers. Moreover, for the first time, these companies will have to justify rate increases and abide by caps on administrative overhead costs. Other sections of the bill provide incentives to increase the number of primary care physicians and nurses, as well as funding to build health clinics in rural areas and small towns. In an effort to combat obesity, another section requires national chain restaurants to clearly post calorie data so consumers can make better-informed decisions when buying fast foods. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to New York senators Schumer and Gillibrand as well as to congressmen Hall, Hinchey and Murphy for their diligent support for the bill. They have shown leadership and integrity in doing the right thing for the citizens of our state and country. Making sure health insurance is a reality for each individual is not only important for that individual but for all of us in the interest of preventing pandemics and ensuring a population that is healthy enough to meet the challenges of this century. The Health Care Reform Act is a major first step for our country, and maybe in the near future we will have a public option program or a singlepayer plan.

Finally, Democrats in Congress have done what they were elected to do, specifically to give dignity and security to more than 32 million Americans who have not had access to health insurance, including 2.7 million citizens of New York State. Who are these 32 million people? They are those who have been rejected by insurance companies, those who have pre-existing conditions, hardworking people whose employers do not offer health insurance, those who are unemployed or have been laid off, those who are working two or more part-time jobs without benefits, young people just out of school and looking for jobs, children in all sorts of family situations and those who simply cannot afford what insurance companies charge individuals. They live and work in every community of our country. After 100 years of effort in America, including proposals by Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, George Bush and Bill Clinton (Republicans and Democrats), through the leadership of President Obama we will now all have access to quality, affordable health care. The historic legislation signed by the president on March 23 joins Social Security, Unemployment Insurance and Medicare as an essential program ensuring the basic health and well-being of the American people. Although the Health Care Reform Act does not give us a single-payer system or an extension of Medicare for all, it does commit the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world in recognizing access to health care as a social obligation. As stated by President Obama at the signing ceremony, “We have just now enshrined … the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to health care.” Bill McCabe is a resident of Union Vale While the new law did not receive one Reand served as a Dutchess County legislator publican vote, according to House Speaker from 2004-09. You can send him a message at Pelosi, some 200 ideas recommended by Reeditorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. publicans during House and Senate debates

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BY JIM LANGAN • How drunk was Donald Wolfe of Oliver, Pa. the other night? Drunk enough that state police found him hunched over a road-killed opossum attempting to revive it. Police refused to say how he was attempting the heroic feat, but I think we’re all happy not to know. Wolfe was arrested for DUI.

to failure to pay sales and withholding taxes on his strip joint.

• We were relieved to hear that Al Sharpton’s foul-mouthed ex-wife and daughter won’t face the music for cursing out cops after getting pulled over last year. Prosecutors let them off provided they’re not re-arrested again for six months.

8-foot-long, 620-pound penis carved from a cypress tree through the streets of the city.

• I’m hearing that disgraced former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry may be getting his own reality show. The crackhead crackpot still has a seat on the D.C. City Council in case you thought he was dead. It’s the electorate down there that’s dead • Looks like we now know why the SEC from the neck up. was asleep at the switch when Bernie • This is the weekend to make your way Madoff and other crooks were looting to Komaki, Japan for their annual penis America. Recently released records show festival. I’m not making this up. The SEC staffers ran up a total of 8,900 hits festival celebrates the male appendage on various XXX porn sites on their office in every conceivable manner, including computers during 2007. Sounds like carved radishes. The high point of the everyone got a good screwing. festival occurs when 60 men carry an

• A 47-year-old seventh-grade teacher in Thermal, Calif. was arrested for teaching drunk. Toyna Neff was reported to be slurring her words and rambling by her students. Cops found an open bottle of booze and pain killers in her car. Maybe that was what was wrong with my geometry teacher.

• Richard Finch, the 56-year-old bass player for KC and the Sunshine Band, was arrested for having sex with teenage boys. According to the Licking County, Ohio Sheriff, Finch is being held on $250,000 bail. That might explain “I’m • Let’s close with a good story. A Your Boogie Man.” 49-year-old man in Chicago donated his • Noticed former NYC mayoral kidney to an immigrant single mother he candidate Andrew Stein owes more than got to know in the check-out line at a local $470,000 in New York State personal supermarket. Myra de la Vega works an income tax. How is it he’s not in a jail eight-hour shift at Osco’s Supermarket cell? The guy is quite wealthy and well and then endures an eight-hour dialysis connected. Something is very wrong with procedure seven nights a week. Dan Coyne heard she was in dire need of a kidney this picture. and he decided to help her. Without it, • Let’s not forget my man, Irving she would have to wait a minimum of five Bilzinsky, former owner of mammaryyears for a transplant. Both are reported mecca Scores. He owes $15.3 million due doing well.

Grand jury to investigate death by trooper BY COLIN DEVRIES

A grand jury will investigate state troopers’ lethal use of force after a 47-yearold Elizaville man was killed following a domestic dispute in Milan on Friday, March 19. According to the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, a grand jury will convene to investigate the death of Richard Kane Jr., who died at Northern Dutchess Hospital only hours after being shot in the stomach by a trooper. Kane was allegedly involved in a domestic incident with his estranged wife at her residence on Hidden Hollow Trail in Milan. The following is an account of the events as told by multiple state police officials: • On the evening of March 19, Kane had a family-related dispute with his wife over the telephone, then arrived at the residence with a 12-gauge shotgun about an hour later. Kane then blasted the doorknob clean off the front door and entered the residence. A 911 call was made from the upstairs bedroom

shortly before the telephone was destroyed by Kane. • State police and Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence at 8:30 p.m., observed the damage to the front door, heard a woman screaming from the second floor and entered the residence. • The trooper, who has not been identified by authorities, proceeded first toward the upstairs bedroom and forced the door open. The wife then fled the room and was secured. • Police then tried to subdue Kane with a stun gun, which had no affect. He continued to resist arrest by police and was shot in the stomach by a state police-issue .45-caliber Glock pistol. It is unknown when the grand jury proceedings will begin, but no charges have been filed in the matter and the trooper continues to remain on-duty. The grand jury will determine if the trooper was following appropriate protocol, or if misconduct occurred and there should be a criminal indictment. There had been no previous incidents involving Kane, according to police, though he had separated from his wife recently and had suffered an injury last year, disabling him from employment.


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April 4, 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. Pictured: A piece by Kim Alderman.

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Wednesday, March 31

The Ninth Annual Haitian Art Sale And Auction April 4-7 p.m., preview exhibition on view in the Palmer Gallery. April 9-11, full auction . in the multipurpose room on the second floor of the College Center. A benefit concert, “Harmony and Hope: A Musical Bridge to Haiti,” to support the rebuilding of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, will be held on April 24. in the multi-purpose room on the second floor of the College Center. Proceeds from the art sale and auction will benefit the Haitian artisans, the village of Chermaitre, and earthquake victims. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

“Dancing Across Borders” 4 p.m. A documentary film that chronicles a young man’s journey from Cambodia to ballet stages in the United States. The film’s director and producer Anne Bass, a graduate of the Vassar College class of 1963, appears at the screening and discusses the film. Rosenwald Film Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

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NIGHTLIFE 12 Grapes Second Anniversary Weekend Bash April 1-3. Live music three nights in a row to celebrate the community’s support. Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 p.m.: Petey Hop & the Wallbangers; Friday, 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.: Johnny Feds & da Bluez Boyz; Saturday, 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m: Steve Wexler & the Top Shelf. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

THEATER “Hamlet: The First Quarto” April 7-10. A rarely produced version of Shakespeare’s most famous play, presented by the Experimental Theater of the Drama Department of Vassar College. Reservations required. Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5599. “Macbeth” April 2-17. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m. See full story on page 14. A Centerstage Production directed by Lou Trapani and designed by Richard Prouse. Tickets: $20, adults; $18, seniors and children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080.

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A series of dance works informed by the culture and music of Africa,“The Griot Dance,” choreographed by Stephen Rooks, chair of the Vassar Department of Dance, will be performed on Friday, April 16, at Vassar College. Free and open to the public, the performance will begin at 8 p.m. in The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall. Reservations are requested for general seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. For reservations, e-mail dancetix@vassar.edu. Named for the Western African term for “storyteller,” “The Griot Dance” is based on choreographer Rooks’ experiences in and of Africa. The pieces are set to a full spectrum of music, including works by former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart; contemporary African singer-songwriters Coco Mbassi, Oumou Sangare, and Youssou N’Dour; and a modern minimalist orchestral work by Howard Kilik, Vassar adjunct artist, composer and accompanist. Featured dancers include Kathy Wildberger, Vassar lecturer in dance and drama and assistant director of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, as well as members of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre; members of the Ad Deum Dance Company of Houston, Texas; and dancers from the Alvin Ailey School in New York.

MUSIC “The Art of the Solo” 7:30 p.m. Coordinated by Thurman Barker and featuring members of the Bard music faculty. The program features Barker performing “Kalingalinga” on drums, marimba, and percussion; classical guitarist Gregory Dinger performing Choros No.1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Valse Venezolano No. 3 (“Natalia”) by Antonio Lauro, and Milonga by Jorge Cardoso; Marka Gustavsson playing “Azure” by John Halle on viola; tenor Rufus Müller singing “Apres un Reve” by Gabriel Fauré and “Nacht und Traume” by Franz Schubert; and pianist/composer Matthew Shipp performing selections from his album 4d. Free. Olin Humanities Building, Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-6822.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Acoustic. Oasis Café, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Cedar Drive 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. Free, > more on page 11

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BY HVN WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The Bridge Music Listening Stations will re-open on the Mid Hudson Bridge for its first full season with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, April 1 at 12:15 p.m. at the Gerald Drive entrance to the bridge’s pedestrian sidewalk in Poughkeepsie. Composer Joseph Bertolozzi will be present to take attendees on a personal guided tour of the installation. Refreshments will be provided by Amici’s Restaurant, The Alps Sweet Shop, Café Bocca and La Deliziosa. There will be CD giveaways and Barnes & Noble will be onsite with Bridge Music CDs available for purchase. The Listening Stations on the pedestrian sidewalk of the Mid-Hudson Bridge are open from dawn to dusk from April 1 through Oct. 31, and are located at each of the bridge’s towers. Bridge Music is free and open to the public. Contact www.JosephBertolozzi. com for map and info.


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Bard College senior Taliesin Gilkes-Bower from Seattle, Wash., has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2010–11 Fellowship. Courtesy photo.

The Intimate Lives of Buster & Marie, a Red Shouldered Hawk Breeding Pair 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Bays Talks series sponsored by NYS DEC Hudson River Research Reserve & Tivoli. Steve Golloday, master birder, shares stunning photos and stories of backyard nesters. Free. Tivoli Bays Visitor Ctr., 1 Tivoli Commons, Watts dePeyster Visitor Ctr., Tivoli. 845-889-4745, ext. 105.

NIGHTLIFE Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5-9 p.m. Special entertainment, films and other happenings. Free. Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5599. Rick Z 6:30-9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston. 845-331-2739.

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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe 7 p.m. The filmmakers, sisters Emily and Sarah Kunstler, discuss making this documentary about their famous father. It explores the life of the late radical civil rights lawyer, whom the NY Times called “The most hated and the most loved lawyer in America.” This powerful film recounts the causes Kunstler fought for, but reveals a man even his daughters didn’t always understand, who who risked public outrage and his family’s safety so

justice could serve all. Cost: Free. Sanders Hall Spitzer Auditorium (room 212), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFFE Acoustic Open Mic Night with Anthony Nisi 9-midnight.. Starr Lounge at Starr Place Restaurant, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924. DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-896-5286. Eddie Fingerhut 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Eric Erickson 6-9 p.m. Singer-songwriter. Steel House Restaurant, 100 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-338-7847. Gender Fabulous 9 p.m. Starring Dave End, World Famous *BOB* and Glenn Marla. Market Market Café, 1 Madeline Ave, Rosendale. Tickets: $5-15 sliding scale. http:// www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=411711861208. Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul 9 p.m.-midnight. Blues, funk. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-876-0590. Johnny Fedz & da Bluez Boyz Invitational Jam 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. $5 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. > more on page 12

BARD COLLEGE SENIOR WINS PRESTIGIOUS WATSON TRAVEL GRANT BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

Bard College senior Taliesin Gilkes-Bower from Seattle, Wash., has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2010–11 Fellowship, which provides for a year of travel and exploration outside the United States. “The awards are long-term investments in people, not research,” says Cleveland Johnson, director of the Watson Fellowship Program and a former Watson Fellow. “We look for persons likely to lead or innovate in the future and give them extraordinary independence to pursue their interests outside of traditional academic structures. Watson Fellows are passionate learners, creative thinkers, and motivated self starters who are encouraged to dream big but demonstrate feasible strategies for achieving their fellowship goals. The Watson Fellowship affords an unparalleled opportunity for global experiential learning.” Each Watson Fellow receives a grant of $25,000 for 12 months of travel and independent study. Taliesin Gilkes-Bower’s project, “Beats, Bits and Space: Digital Mediation of Youth Voices,” will take him to Jamaica, South Africa, Ghana and Mexico. “Around the globe, marginalized young people utilize inexpensive computers to communicate through electronic music,” says Gilkes-Bower in an issued statement. “As an electronic musician myself, I am obsessed with this music and the originality I find in the work of musicians with limited resources and minimal formal training. I will join the communities creating this music to study their work, and to share my own. As a Watson Fellow I will take inspiration from the mythos of the traveling troubadour and the power of the griot. With a laptop as my instrument, I will move between locales, carrying what I’ve learned and heard between each one and developing a new understanding of the importance of music as a means of political and personal expression. I want to meet artists on their own terms and explore the diversity of sounds and experience that can only come from meaningful personal relationships and exploration. The most important resource provided by the Watson Foundation is the time and audacity to complete a project which would otherwise be impossible.” Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | march 31, 2010 {11}


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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 11 Neil Alexander and Greg Melnick 8-10 p.m. Contemporary. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, 311 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845- 5344717. Nightmares For A Week, Dead Unicorn, Ads and Caterwual 9 p.m.-midnight. Ages 21+, free; ages 18-20, $6. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-3400744. Purple K’nif 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Instrumental surf music. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Rhett Tyler Band 8:30 p.m. With special guest Ruby Hogg. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. The Rhodes 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic rock. Admission: $5. Cabaloosa, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-3400. Time Bomb 9 p.m.-1 a.m.. Rock. Gail’s Place, 150 Rte. 17K, Newburgh. 845-567-1414. The Youth Group and jazz drummer Bob Meyer 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz. Admission: $10. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701.

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Betsy Jacaruso, Watercolors 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. Runs through April 30. Gallery hours: Mon., Tues. & Thurs.: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Duck Pond Gallery at Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845338-5580. “Poetry of the Flowering World” 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. Lynne Friedman’s work features colorful multi-paneled paintings and unique large pen/ink botanical explorations. Runs through April 24. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

FAMILY Korean Children’s Day Program 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. See full story on page 12. An interactive program to learn about Korean children’s culture. Activities include playing traditional Korean children’s games, making paper crafts and more. Cost: Free. East Fishkill Community Library, 348 Rte. 376, Hopewell Junction. 845-221-9943

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Jegi-chagi.

On Feb. 14, the congregation of the Mid-Hudson Korean Catholic Community celebrated the lunar new year. The festivities began with sebe, the highly symbolic respectful bowing by Korean youth to their parents and community elders. In exchange for their ritualistic bow and good wishes for the New Year, the youth receive small cash gifts from the elders, with each dollar symbolizing good fortune in the new year. Among the foods offered at the delicious pot luck buffet lunch were traditional and contemporary Korean dishes, including the most traditional Korean New Year food, dduk gook (Korean rice dumpling soup). Well nourished, youth and adults turned to the serious matter of entertainment: for the next few hours, youth and adults laughed and joked as they competed with one another playing traditional Korean games including jegi-chagi (a version of hacky sack) and yun nori (a board game that uses beautiful wooden sticks in place of dice). Although only the adults played the latter game, many of the Korean youth looked on, eager to learn the game’s nuances. Traditionally part of New Year’s festivities, games like gegi-chagi and yun nori are played at social gatherings throughout the year (how else would one improve their game-playing skills?). Children learn about and absorb fundamental cultural values and social customs through the process known as enculturation. At the Korean New Year celebration, children absorb the importance of respecting elders, of sharing food, and of laughing and playing together. These practices and more constitute part of Korean folklore; more specifically, they are examples of children’s lore. You can learn some of Korean children’s lore at the upcoming Korean Children’s Day program on Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the East Fishkill Community Library, co-presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council Folk Arts Program and members of the local Korean community. During this interactive program, children will learn about Korean children’s culture through activities that include playing traditional Korean children’s games like kongki noli (Korean version of jacks, traditionally played by girls) and yun nori, making paper crafts, learning about bowing to elders, and tasting traditional Korean snacks like mandu (savory dumplings) and bori cha (roasted barley tea). Young adults from the local Korean community will lead area children in these and other hands-on activities. The Arts Council’s Korean Children’s Day program is part of an ongoing series exploring how people from countries whose populations are represented in the MidHudson Valley celebrate and honor their children. At each event, members of the respective cultural groups engage children in interactive activities, including games and songs, stories and paper crafts. Additionally, attendees enjoy tasting some of the respective country’s snack food. Previous programs in this series include a Japanese Children’s Day, a Russian Children’s Day and an India Children’s Day. In South Korea, Children’s Day is held on May 5. On that day, parents might give their children gifts and take them on fun excursions to zoos or museums. In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, a directive that has been variously interpreted throughout the world. Whether it is a national holiday or a community-based celebration, Children’s Day festivities are a great venue to learn about children’s folklore, including games, rhymes, songs and other forms of child’s play. The Folk Arts Program Children’s Day series, funded by a generous grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match fund, is a fun way to learn how kids from several cultural backgrounds play. Children and adults are welcome to come and go at this family friendly, interactive event. The program is free and open to the public. The East Fishkill Community Library is located at 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction. For further information, see www. artmidhudson.org. The DCAC Folk Arts Program researches and presents the arts and traditions that form our diverse communities’ cultural heritages. Through educational public programs, the Folk Arts Program interprets the traditions of ethnic, occupational and religious groups in the Mid-Hudson region. The program is open to suggestions about how to assist in celebrating your community’s heritage.


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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Hopespun 9 p.m. With special guest Annie Fox. Free. The River Station, 1 Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-9207.

> continued from page 12 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Monthly Sing-Along Led by Bill Ashby, the program includes classics, popular music, songs from Broadway musicals, and requests. All are welcome to attend this free, familyfriendly event. Free-will offering accepted. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 S. Randolph Ave., 845-724-3045. Vince Tampio 2-4 p.m. Jazz. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500.

NIGHTLIFE Calling All Poets (CAPS) 8 p.m. 2-Poem Open Mic follows featured readings. Refreshments available. $4 donation. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-8314988 or 845-831-0077. Dr Mudd 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Rock. The Keltic House, 1004 Main St., Fishkill. 845-896-1110.

THE BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF A new dance training school and pre-professional performance company are slated to open this summer in Rhinebeck; while there are excellent classical ballet and contemporary academies available to aspiring dancers in the Hudson Valley, there are few that cater to young people who truly yearn to be consummate performers. “We don’t have those sort of movement geniuses who are dedicated to all crafts, particularly film and theater,” explained Debbie Shumer, dance critic and author of “Stop Laughing, It’s Better than Mime.” “Since Martha Graham passed on, no artist has focused themselves on bringing up the next generation to be able to move so passionately on screen,” she said. “But where Graham only taught people how to ‘fall’ correctly in Spaghetti Westerns when you got ‘shot,’ we now have a consummate dance professional ready to take our kids on to the next plane of artistic existence.” Shumer said a group of dance professionals, performance artists, people who lit themselves on fire and called it art, people who dressed as the Statue of Liberty and stood really still, a guy who could pop but not lock, a woman who shows dogs as the Westminster Show, a rejected contestant from season four of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and Tom DeLay, have been gathered for the past year to identify the ideal creative mover who could lead, inspire, and most of all, bring little boys and girls into puberty. After reviewing a number of possible candidates, including Al Pacino (“What he did in ‘Scent of a Woman’ redefined what we consider ‘ballroom dancing’ and shamed a lot of mediocre dancers out of their Hollywood dreams,” said Shumer) and Mike Myers (“We considered his work in ‘Austin Powers: Goldmember’ to be quite revolutionary,” said DeLay), the committee reached a conclusion on a final candidate. Ultimately, only one performer could be trusted to leads the minds, hearts and knobby knees of eager young artists. “After watching ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ – the Tim Burton one, not the one where they trip acid on the boat manned by little green people – we knew that Johnny Depp was already codifying his own movement style. An actual language,” said Shumer. “Really. He and Hunter S. Thompson wrote down a secret vocabulary for how to walk and roll around. It’s hard to pronounce the words if you’re sober.” Depp’s final, terrifying act of “dance” at the end of “Alice in Wonderland,” sealed the deal for the search committee. Thus, the Deppinately Dapper School of Tap, Toe and Mincing went into the financing phase, and construction began on a four-story structure right behind Rhinebeck Savings Bank, though the little dancers will certainly not be permitted to utilize that parking lot. Depp is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony and teach at least three master classes, titled “Limp Wrists, Warm Hearts,” “Captain Jack Sparrow: It’s All in the Bob Fosse Hips,” and “Finger-Twinkling 101: Don’t Worry, You Won’t Look Like a Pedophile.”

Leslie Gore 8:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. “Late Lounge at The Rhinecliff” 9 p.m. Featuring DJ James “the Carwash” Chapman. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845876-0590. Morgan Heringer with Jazz Guitarist Dustin Carlson 7-9 p.m. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Music Without Walls Project 7-9 p.m. World. Acoustic. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306. Steve Wexler & the Top Shelf 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Motown. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624. > continued on page 15

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Pictured; clockwise from left: Macbeth (Rick Lang) and Lady Macbeth (Lisa Lynds) plot to murder the king; Macbeth (Rick Lang) contemplates the Weird Sisters’ prophecy; Lynds as Lady Macbeth. Photos by Jen Kiaba.

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he fourth annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival opens this weekend with a stab, slash and a maddening spot of blood – anyone still left out there who thinks the Bard is boring hasn’t seen “Macbeth,” and director Lou Trapani’s version sounds like it will be ramping up the wickedness three-fold. “Bloody, very bloody,” said Trapani. “It’s set in the not-too-distant future; they take scalps, and some of them have been branded.” This violent environment might be a world away from 16th century Scotland, but as Trapani described his vision for this harrowing place, ripe with murder and treachery, a modern audience might find an emotional resonance with a more post-apocalyptic imagery. With traitorous Macbeth as the anti-hero, the play presents an uneasy view of the nature of ambition, the danger of prophesy and the way lovers may make puppets of each other. The play opens during a time of war, with King Duncan of Scotland learning that his Macbeth and Banquo have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, who were led by the traitor Macdonwald. Macbeth, the King’s kinsman, is viewed as a great warrior, as well as a good and loyal man. An encounter with witches gives him reason to believe that he is destined for greater power, even to be king. When

“Macbeth” April 2-17 8 p.m. | Friday and Saturday, April 2-3 8 p.m. | Friday and Saturday, April 16-17 3 p.m. | Sunday, April 18 Tickets: $20, adults; $18, seniors and children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080. {14} march 31, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

he shares this news with his wife, she begins to conspire to make sure her husband assumes the throne, whether via natural or most unnatural death of the king. Some of the greatest actors of all time have added Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as singular moments of their repertoire, and the lady’s great mad scene is one of the most memorable and compelling monologues in the canon of English-language works. The cast includes Rick Lang as Macbeth, Lisa Lynds (who delighted as the Gypsy Queen in “Tommy”) as Lady Macbeth; John Adair as Duncan; Justin Waldo as Banquo; Bennett Melley as Fleance; Michael Brooks as Macduff; Joshuah Patriarco as Malcolm; Michael Prezioso as Donalbain; and Deirdre Sepp, Tracey Carney and Kaitlyn McManamon as the witches. Rounding out the rest of the Shakespeare Festival company are Doug Wooley, Lexi Walsh, Jim O’Neill, Richard Prouse, George Conrad, Sweno Macdonwald, Bill Ross, Rachael White, Jennifer Barry, Catleen Kelly, Cait Johnson, Emily DePew and Kiki Sepp (back from her role as the littlest native in “The Tempest”). With sets by the multi-talented designer Prouse, Trapani said that the supernatural crones who set the evil in motion emerge organically. “The way I’ve done my witches is that they come out of the scenery,” he described. “They make their own props (out of the scenery) – they own it.” The energy of Trapani’s “Macbeth” will move much faster than stodgy characters delivering speeches, because he hopes to inspire people who may not have read the play. “There’s lots of action, and it moves very quickly. It’s like a James Cameron film. I want them to see an action ‘Macbeth’— then they’ll go and read it. It’s not dull or dry!”

“There’s lots of action, and it moves very quickly. It’s like a James Cameron film ... It’s not dull or dry!”


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Green is an Easter color BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON

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It was one of those late winter days that help the first hints of spring. Soon, we would have narcissus and hyacinths, spring lambs, and clean laundry hanging on the line. I was in a store, walking past a display of Easter merchandise, minding my own business. There, in front of me, was my nemesis: the evil, cellophane Easter grass. This represents everything that is wrong with commercial holiday merchandise. It does only one thing (not multipurpose), is purely decorative, is not of recycled content or recyclable and is even designed to be discarded after one use. How did a holiday about the rebirth of Spring, the joy of the Resurrection, and the appreciation of the Passover turn into a parade of plastic “stuff” in eye-searing colors? Why would we choose this time of year to add to the damage to our planet? If I could make it easy, enjoyable, acceptable to the kids, and, most of all, fairly lazy, would you un-cycle your Easter?

BASKETS Why would you buy one? We all have them in the attic from previous years. Can’t find them in the clutter? You can always use a wicker basket you already own (kids don’t care about keeping the basket, just the contents). Add a pretty ribbon to make it more festive. For children, get one of the brightly colored transparent storage boxes at the dollar store. They come in nifty colors and can be used to store items after the holiday. Instead of a basket what about the gift of a small tote bag, Easter purse, or baseball glove? Use them just as you would a basket.

Singles and Sociables Hike - Millbrook Ridge and Beyond 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a strenuous, 10 plus-mile hike, led by John Rashak (845-256-3868). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. “Who lives here? Reptiles and Amphibians for Families” 1-3 p.m. Join Kathy Michell, New York Center for Turtle Rehabilitation and Conservation, Inc, to meet live turtles and snakes. Learn all about these amazing animals and get tips on how to help them survive by making your backyard a more appealing habitat. Children ages 5 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Reservations required. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Astrid Fitzgerald & Kim Alderman 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

MUSIC “Conservatory Sundays” 3 p.m. Chamber music presented by the Bard College Conservatory of Music. The program includes The program presents In the South (Alassio), Op. 50 by Edward Elgar (1857–1934); Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra (1990) by George Perle (1915–2009), with Melvin Chen on piano; and Symphony No. 4 in G Major by Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), sung by Dawn Upshaw. Tickets: $20-5. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900. Kairos: A Consort of Singers 4 p.m. Presenting J. S. Bach’s Easter Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (Christ lay in death’s bonds), as well as “Sanctus in D Major”, BWV 238; a movement from the Easter portion of Messiah by George Frideric Handel, “Since by Man Came Death”; and the Gigue from Bach’s “Cello Suite in G Major” featuring cellist Susan Seligman. Suggested donation: $10. Holy Cross Monastery, Route 9W, West Park. 845-256-9114. Marji Zintz Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500. > continued on page 16

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EASTER BASKET GRASS – HERE ARE SOME ALTERNATIVES: • Raid the office paper shredder (especially if you’ve noticed someone shredding colored paper). After Easter, add the paper to your recycle bag or box of kindling or use it for mulch (no that quantity of ink isn’t going to hurt). • Popcorn – Line your basket with a plastic tub or bowl (or plastic wrap) first and pile your lovely handmade goodies on top. (You’ll have made them in your own clean kitchen so you won’t worry about icky store packaging coming into contact with food.) • For adults – Add a gift of handmade dishcloths, washcloths or a pretty scarf and put it in the bottom of the basket.

EASTER CHOCOLATES Recycled chocolate? OK, that sounds awful. But, before you buy that overpriced, individually wrapped “stuff” from the drug store, take a look through the pantry. Have any leftover plain chocolate from a previous holiday? Or just stashed? It melts and molds just fine regardless of whether it was originally molded as a snowman or a pumpkin. It’ll make a perfectly nice lamb or bunny now.

EASTER EGGS Forget the chemical dye packages you buy at the store that make embarrassingly bright eggs. You can make your own chemical dye (or natural) at home. The simplest is half cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon vinegar and drops of food coloring. Stir well. The effect will be a little different and not as smooth as the kit so plan that into your style. Use regular crayons to make dye-resistant designs before coloring. Natural dyes can also be made from common household ingredients. This is just a short list of dip dyes. There are many more that can be made by boiling ingredients (such as turmeric or cumin) with the eggs while you’re cooking them. > continued on next page Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | march 31, 2010 {15}


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OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike - Stissing Mountain and Tomson Pond 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at Buttercup Preserve, Route 82, Stanfordville. This is a moderate to strenuous, 8-mile hike, led by William Sullivan (845-635-8313). Call the hike leader for the fee. New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Tuesday, April 6 MUSIC

Afternoon with Bob Lusk 12:30-1:30 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

NIGHTLIFE Musicians’ Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590. Open Mic 8 p.m.-midnight. With Push – The Band. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant & Pub, 44 Rte. 17K, Newburgh. 845-565-HARP (4277). Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Rio Jazz In Concert With Matt Finley 7:30-9:30 p.m. Brazilian jazz. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-4318050.

Wednesday, April 7 BENEFIT

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 3 p.m. Participants are asked to wear a favorite hat to enter contests for the craziest, most elegant, largest and most suprising hats. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert and gourmet teas served. Include a fashion show of “second hand chic” fashions from the NDH Thrift Shop.Checks can be mailed to NDH Volunteer Office, 6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. All proceeds benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital (NDH), a Health Quest affiliate, in Rhinebeck. Cost: $30. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590.

“Intellectual Property and Innovation for Sustainable Development” 5:30 p.m. In his lecture Claude Henry will address whether intellectual property helps disseminate the body of innovation required for switching to a more sustainable development trajectory, or whether it acts as an obstacle. He will explore what alternatives might be promoted. Taylor Hall, room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370. Proofs for The Book: Asprey Lecture in Mathematics 5 p.m. Günter M. Ziegler, professor of mathematics at Technische Universität (TU) in Berlin presents the annual Asprey Lecture in Mathematics. A specialist in discrete geometry, Ziegler shares new proofs and insights for classical mathematical problems. The lecture is in Rockefeller Hall (room 300), and is preceded by a reception at 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

MUSIC Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Students of Marla Rathbun and Charlotte Dinwiddie in a string ensemble concert. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea, & light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Acoustic. Oasis Café, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Guyot Hill 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Try dipping eggs into these: Pomegranate juice, strong coffee (double-strength instant is fine), blueberries with their juice, purple grape juice (full strength for purple, diluted for lavender), beets or cranberry juice. (No, it won’t change the taste of the eggs.) The color intensity will depend on how long they soak. If you can get local eggs without all the packaging, so much the better.

BUNNY CAKE This idea was taken from an old Baker’s coconut cake book from the ’60s. Most of my childhood birthday cakes came from this booklet. Bake one 9-inch square cake. Cool on a rack. When completely cool, cut two one-and-a-half inch strips from one side of the cake for the ears. The lower part of the cake becomes the face. Arrange the ears in an upright but not too symmetrical way, frost and decorate. Use white or tinted coconut to make it look even fuzzier.

EASTER CORSAGE Materials: Cotton yarn Green felt Pin backing Fabric glue Needle and thread Crochet hook

I used the popular cotton yarn found in local craft shops, but these would look lovely in cotton thread, tapestry wool or silk bamboo. Match the size of the crochet hook to the yarn you’ve chosen. The gauge isn’t important, just that you’re happy with the results. Ch 7. Slip stitch to join ring. Ch 1. DC TC DC SC (first petal made) *DC TC DC SC* – repeat from * 4 times resulting in five petals. Slip stitch to join Make some flowers with four or six petals for variety if you’d like. Cut a piece of green felt in a round 2-inch circle. Arrange your flowers in a pleasing bunch. Pin. Sew or glue in place. Centers were made with two or three French knots in yellow. Anchor the yellow yarn by sliding it through the back of a petal. Bring the yarn to the front through the center hole. Make a French knot by holding the yarn in one hand and the needle in the other. Wrap the yarn twice around the needle and pull the needle through. It takes a little practice to keep the loops smooth. Bring the needle back through the center hole and slide the needle through a few strands of yarn on a nearby petal. This will anchor the yarn so that you can bring the yarn back through the center hole and make another knot. Two or three French knots will fill the hole. When your centers are done, weave in any stray ends. Glue down anything that threatens to pop up and look ragged. When the glue is dry, sew or glue on a pin backing. Wear your fresh nosegay of violets on your lapel. If purple won’t work, remember, violets come in white, too. Abbreviations: Ch: Chain DC: Double crochet SC: Single crochet TC: Turn chain

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW} Writer’s Tea: A Literary Benefit for AAUW Scholarships and Community Projects 3-6 p.m.. Sunday, April 18 Locust Grove Estate, 2361 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500, ext. 17. Cost: $45. Reservations required. Reservations and information: www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org The American Association of University Women Poughkeepsie Branch invites the community to attend a Sunday afternoon Writer’s Tea. The event features local authors India Edghill (“Queenmaker,” “Wisdom’s Daughter,” and “Delilah”) and Tony Musso (“FDR &The Post Office: A Young Boy’s Fascination & a World Leader’s Passion”) who will speak about writing and working in the Hudson Valley. Autographed copies of their books will be available for purchase. Live music performed by professional tenor, John Vergilii. The high tea refreshments will be prepared by Cynthia and John Vergilii of the Historic Horton House. The event also features a silent auction of handcrafts and services such as original artwork paintings and photographs, dinner gift certificates, a quilt, hand-knitted items, sports collectors items and more.


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Men (and pups) for all seasons BY ANN LA FARGE

The cover art of a fascinating and disturbing novel shows two peas in a pod, but Alice and Mattia, the novel’s main characters, are unlikely pod-mates. “The Solitude of Prime Numbers” by Paolo Giordano (translated by Shaun Whiteside, (Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking $25.95), is the story of two people who are “primes,” misfits in the world. Prime numbers are divisible only by 1 and by themselves. “Twin primes are pairs of numbers that are close to each other, almost neighbors, but between them there is always an even number that prevents them from truly touching.” Mattia thought that he and Alice were like that, “twin primes, alone and lost, but not close enough to really touch each other.” Alice is crippled in a skiing accident when she is only eight, and she never forgives her parents for making her ski (which she hated). Mattia, on a walk with his mentally-disabled twin sister, leaves her alone for a moment ... and loses her. When Alice and Mattia meet, they recognize each other as kindred damaged spirits. But they never seem to be truly able to “touch each other” permanently. This haunting novel about solitude has been an international literary sensation. I recommend it very highly. What’s a week’s reading without a dog book? Here’s one you can’t help loving – Patti Sherlock’s memoir “A Dog For All Seasons” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $24.99). On a ranch in central Idaho, Sherlock and her husband bred a kind of sheep called Polypay. They needed a dog, naturally, and they found Duncan, a Border Collie, named after Duncan in “Macbeth.” This is his story. Among other talents, Duncan danced in sprinklers, predicted storms (and was deadly afraid of them). It is also the author’s story – the story of a damaged childhood, a busted–up marriage, and the forging of a new life, with Duncan by her side. “When you’ve got a good dog,” we learn, “you just tell it what you want it to do and it does it.” (“IT?” Daisy sneered). “A Dog for All Seasons” is a love letter to a dog. Watch out for April Fool’s Day, enjoy the warmth, and be sure to read a good book or two. April 2010 promises to be a stellar month for new books. Next week, I’ll bring you a roundup of irresistible titles.

Joseph Pulitzer was a real prize. Born in 1847 Josep in Hun Hungary, he emigrated to the United States at 17, joined the Civil War cavalry (“I did not lik like to walk”), then traveled to St. Louis where he worked on various newspapers befor before buying The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, then traveling to New York and founding the New York World, which became the largest circ circulating newspaper on the globe. “Six acr of spruce trees were felled a day to acres fill its demand for paper.” A Democrat, he believed that “democracy was a civic re religion and reform was its holiest tenet.” T The enemies of this country, he believed, w were no longer in the South; they were in Washington. (Hmmmmm). An editorial Paul Revere, he fought corruption and invented sensationalism. “Think like Dickens,” he told his reporters, insisting upon “a story writ written so simply that anyone could read it and so colorfully that no-one would forget it.” He married, had lots of children, raised money for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, tyrannized his household, battled such giants as Teddy Roosevelt and William Randolph Hearst ... And then his sight failed. James McGrath Morris tells the whole, riveting story in his new biography, “Pulitzer – A Life in Politics, Print, and Power” (Harper, $29.99). In the 19th century in America, we learn, Carnegie provided the steel, Rockefeller the oil, Morgan the money and Vanderbilt the railroads. Pulitzer ushered in the modern mass media, and transformed the press. They called his brand of news “yellow journalism” (named after “the Yellow Kid,” a popular comics character). Later in life, his sight failing despite traveling the globe in search of a cure, he spent his last years wandering the world, restlessly moving from place to place, and creating the Columbia School of Journalism. Asked in an interview to explain the epic battle between Pulitzer and another titan of his age, Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Morris explained that “the tale of the 25-year struggle between these two animates my book. It is an important story of presidential abuse of power. Can you imagine had Roosevelt won (he had tried to send Pulitzer to prison) how today’s President might regularly seek to put Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and into prison publishers like those who run the Washignton Post and the New York Times writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached when they oppose the White House?” at alafarge@aol.com. James McGrath Morris will host a reading and signing of his book next Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Oblong Books & Music in Millerton. Here’s a question for him: Today’s newspapers are closing across the country. Are they headed for extinction? Enough biographies for a while! I settled down – outdoors, for the first time this season — to read two books about rather weird people and, for dessert, a new book about a dog. advertise@thehudsonvalleynews.com or 845-223-4651 Randi Davenport’s memoir, a story about the effects of mental illness on a family, is beautifully written and profoundly moving. In “The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $23.95), she declares that, “Each of us has a story to tell. This is mine.” Her son, Chase (and, it turns out, her husband, too, who more or less vanishes during the story) suffered from an unremitting, and difficult-todiagnose form of psychosis. “There’s something wrong with your child,” doctors told her, “but I can’t tell you what.” Eventually, she had to realize that he would need 24-hour, one to one institutional care ... but who would take him? Her story takes her, and Chase, from hospital to hospital, and to the understanding that “sometimes psychosis merely descends, like a curse form God.” This is the story – both heartbreaking and triumphant – of a courageous and loving woman battling a broken health-care system and endeavoring to make her family whole again.

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weekend horoscopes MARCH 31-APRIL 6 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

DEAR MOBY, YOU’RE WORSE THAN MILEY CYRUS. CONGRATULATIONS.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Normally, you are very quick at getting your work done, but right now, you’re just not able to get your act together. Let others help motivate you – you’ll be back in form soon and can return the favor.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Someone’s overtures of affection are getting lost in translation – accept the gesture in the spirit it’s intended, and be honest with them how you feel. Your communication will improve.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You normally enjoy easy-going chit-chat, but you’re getting distinctly negative vibes from a person who seems to want to innocently gossip. Trust your instincts.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): You may be dreading a conversation with someone who really needs to hear from you. That doesn’t mean it will actually be a negative conversation – be prepared to let them vent a little, and you’ll find the relationship much improved.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You don’t enjoy taking risks even when the odds seem in your favor – this is definitely not the time to gamble on any level. Avoid even discussing the matter with others who might seek to persuade you. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): This week, you have organizing fever – you’re ready to tackle any project, but you are also ready and able to mobilize the troops, so don’t forget about rallying others to your side.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’ve been so busy lately that you haven’t had time to listen to what you actually want out of a situation – you’re clear on the needs of others, but you have to take care of yourself first. Don’t let anyone rush into a decision. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You are gregarious and easy-going this week, and it’s going to smooth over rough waters at work. Unfortunately, your openness also invites some of your whiner acquaintances – put on your sweetest smile but go about your business.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): If you’ve been actively pursuing a raise at work or a promotion, this is a good time to refrain from pushing harder. You need to come up with a way out of the situation, at least for now.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You might not know the right words to say, which is why taking time to write a letter, or even an e-mail, where you can be judicious about the way you phrase things.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You see the big picture, and you see the moves you ought to make, but this week, you need to have patience and focus on the details. It will help that bigger plan come together well.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): This week, you’ll find people around you acting like they feel entirely confident in themselves – but you know that it’s likely a cover. Don’t let their false authority sway you into a poor decision. For entertainment purposes only.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • Vassar alum Greg Russo has been called up to the big leagues. Relativity Media has optioned a screenplay from the freshman scribe called “Down” – a supernatural thriller that centers on a guy trapped in an elevator. Russo’s drama will follow in the footsteps of single-setting thrillers such as “1408” and the anticipated film, “Buried.” Relativity’s latest project, SNL sketch gone wild “MacGruber,” will star Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer and Ryan Philippe, and is currently set for an April 16 release. • Not only are they responsible for creating the next Razzie winner for Worst Picture (or so we’d wager), but now they are attempting to up the ante on PDA. While promoting “The Bounty Hunter” in Paris, Gerard Butler found it appropriate to put his hand as far up Jennifer Aniston’s rear is possible while still wearing clothes. Almost as tasteless as the film. • A new biopic of Jackie Kennedy (written by Noah Oppenheim) is set to be produced by Steven Spielberg and will most likely find a home at HBO (since that’s where his WW II mini-series, “The Pacific,” is playing). The film would likely start just after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. No rumors as to casting, but right now, as long as it’s not Jennifer Aniston, we’ll give it a chance. • Anna Wintour joined Michael Kors and Natalia Vodianova in Boston last week for a panel on model health, where she held designers in contempt for promoting a culture of illness. She called out a “tyranny of [sample] clothes that just barely fit a 13-year-old on the edge of puberty.” Here, here. • We’re used to strange and inappropriate things coming out of Miley Cyrus’ mouth – she considers herself a little “biopolar” in her career choices. (Note: Swinging on poles and working for a Disney show isn’t the correct definition for bipolar disorder, as found in the DSM-IV). But in a recent New York Times profile, musician Moby makes an even bigger fool of himself by saying that though he doesn’t have Asperger syndrome, he likes to “pretend I do. It makes me sound more interesting.” No, that’s not what interesting means, Moby. Saying you have an illness that you do not makes you irrelevant.

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Pictured: Hiccup befriends Toothless, an injured Night Fury—the rarest dragon of all— in DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon.” © 2010 DreamWorks Animation LLC.

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

After the last week’s debacle that was “The Bounty Hunter” – yep, still bitter – I wanted to aim for something that at least appeared sweet, if not terribly profound. I would have opted for another go of the putrid “2012” than suffer through that variety of hot mess again. So I decided to gamble on a kid flick – and when all the pint-sized folk in front of me asked for the same movie, I figured I’d side with the consensus. And how I lucked out – “How To Train Your Dragon” is a thoroughly delightful film that makes excellent use of the 3-D technology while sacrificing none of the plot or characterization. As fun as I thought last year’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” was, “Dragon” was even more enjoyable, with some laugh-out loud moments and several instances where I nearly got misty eyed. This movie was charming and witty, with a little smooch (or two) that earned some humorous groans from the mini-critics around me. Like “Cloudy,” this is another “based on a beloved children’s book,” and again, I’m too old for this to be a classic of my childhood, so I can’t speak to any literary source fidelity. I can say that this is the first 3-D movie of the current new wave that hasn’t utterly frustrated me (given the cumbersome glasses and the “who cares” effects). Now, I can most assuredly say that I think “Dragon” would be just as enjoyable a tale without the zippy into-the-audience dragon tail action or the Viking ships that pretty much sail into your sternum – in fact, it’s almost hard for me to recall all the big 3-D moments. The kiddie gasps around me were, however, very amusing. So was – by far – the story and the overall style, 3-D or not. Like “Cloudy,” “Dragon” features a bright young misfit: This time he’s Hiccup, the scrawny son of the massive Viking chief, Stoick (Gerard Butler). Yes, “The Bounty Hunter” Butler is back, but this time he’s using his natural Scottish accent and he’s not groping anyone: Thus was I mollified. In this world, Vikings and dragons are mortal enemies, and though Hiccup can’t seem to slay a dragon to save his life, he’s a good inventor, and (more importantly) a very compassionate little guy. Late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson has a new career here as a voice artist – he delivers a great performance as Gobber, the dragon-slaying trainer, who encourages the chief to give Hiccup an opportunity to prove his mettle in the practice ring. A chance encounter with a wounded and mysterious dragon, who comes to be called Toothless, demonstrates to Hiccup that the Vikings may not know quite as much as they think about the true nature of dragons. You’ve got to be pretty hard-hearted to think that Toothless (who is reminiscent of the director’s other character, Stitch from “Lilo and Stitch”) isn’t darn adorable. Actually, Toothless – who isn’t actually toothless but has tiny retractable teeth – instantly reminded me of my cat, Sabrina, who has previously graced the pages of this newspaper’s sports section in her New Orleans Saints jersey. I don’t think this is just me being a nut for my cat (well, not totally). Toothless is, of course, not a killer beast at all, but a wounded little guy trying to escape from a deep valley when Hiccup finds him. He enjoys munching

on fish, he’s keen for a scratch under his chin, he’s territorial and he likes to chase shiny lights. And of course, he looks (up or down) at Hiccup with huge, moon pie eyes that melt his (and everyone else’s) heart. Thus, Hiccup has to decide whether or not he will continue to pursue his heritage as a dragon killer, or will he show his fellow countrymen that dragons are simply misunderstood. As Hiccup learns the depth of that misunderstanding, the tale takes a mildly dark turn, and – especially in 3-D – the battles are epic. With excellent voice-overs all around (including “Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera as a talented Viking lass, Astrid), this one’s a keeper.

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Students discuss Poser’s sculpture.

BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF On Thursday, March 25, an artists’ reception for the new exhibition “AUTENPOSER” was held at the Marist Gallery in the Steel Plant at Marist College. The exhibit features drawings from Gerald Auten and assembled sculpture from Stephen Poser. Auten is a Senior Lecturer in Studio Art at Dartmouth College. He is also the director of The Studio Art Exhibition Program. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad including exhibitions in Teheran, Mexico City, New York, Chicago and Vancouver. Poser has shown his work in 10 one-person and eight group shows, including the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany, the White Box Gallery in New York, and others. He received the 1997 Gradiva award in painting from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. The exhibition runs through April 17. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon- 5 p.m. Marist College Art Gallery, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-5753000, ext. 3183. Stephen Poser, Gerald Auten and Edward Smith, Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Marist College. Photos by Dana Gavin.

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IS TIGER UP TO PAR?

SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

• It was nice to see Pleasant Valley’s Ron Lipton back in the ring Saturday as corner man to two of the featured boxers. The Marist boxing instructor has a storied career in and out of the ring. They couldn’t be in better hands. My only question for Ron is why he isn’t the guy fighting. Even at 63, this guy can still go with anybody. • Like most ballplayers this time of year, it looks like Doc Gooden is rounding into mid-season form. The troubled ex-Met was arrested last week for driving under the influence with his 5-year-old son in the car not wearing a seat belt at 8 a.m. • Enough with A-Rod and his meeting with federal investigators. Do we really need a federal investigation as to why a zillion-dollar athlete allows a Canadian quack to shoot him up with “supplements?” It’s the same guy who treated all the other steroid cheats. Bottom line is it was cheating but legal at the time. Move on. • Syracuse and Cornell both lost in the round of 16 Thursday night, taking some of the fun out of the tournament. It would have been nice to see a clean program like Cornell prevail. • St. John’s is scheduled to interview BC basketball coach Al Skinner for its very-vacant coaching job. Why would anyone leave a place like BC for a rat’s-nest program like St. John’s?

• Let’s hear it for good lawyering and good acting. Washington Wizards star thug Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for pulling a gun on a teammate over a gambling debt. Any normal citizen of D.C. would get jail time. Celebrity justice strikes again. • Looks like Eagles QB Donovan McNabb’s days in Philadelphia are numbered. The Eagles must either pay the enigmatic McNabb a $6.2 million roster bonus by May 6 or trade him. Word is the Vikings might be interested given the annual Bret Favre retirement speculation. • Here’s the best job in the NFL … back-up QB to a star. Steeler’s back-up Charlie Batch just signed a two-year extension after eight years on the bench. He’s only thrown two passes since 2007. • Lots of tickets are available for the Yankees-Red Sox opener. Thanks to greedy ESPN and Major League Baseball moving the game to 8:30 p.m., thousands of seats are still available. Nothing like sitting in the freezing cold on Easter night to bring out the family. Oink, oink. • Keep hearing media reports that Tiger is as sharp as ever and the “layoff” hasn’t affected his game. Really? Maybe the Red Sox should unfreeze Ted Williams in time for opening night. The cold certainly wouldn’t bother him.

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Kevin and Nancy Sheehan were joined by Joe DeVirgilio at the “Hoops for Duff” event at the Hyde Park Brewery. Daniel Duffy was a much-loved young man and FDR graduate who died of cancer as a college senior. Proceeds in his name are donated to St. Francis Hospital. Photo by Jim Langan.

BY MICHAEL SHAW SPECIAL TO HV NEWS I was in Augusta today, and had a long conversation with Lamar Waters, who is 80 years old, and owns Bonaventure Golf. His store is fantastic, and has been in existence for 40 years. Some of his customers over the years during the three weeks of the Masters, one week prior, the actual week of the tournament, and one week after, include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Johnnie Miller, Tom Watson, Angel Cabrerra, Camillo Villegas and Sergio Garcia. Get the message? Well, here’s the word: Tiger Woods had been in Augusta since Sunday, March 21. On Monday he shot 74, on Tuesday, he shot 75. On Wednesday, he said he wanted to play like it was the Masters. He shot a 72 and a 77. According to caddies, as Woods hit every shot, there were 10 golf carts surrounding him with two armed guards in each cart. Where the ball was expected to land, be that the fairway off the tee or the green, an additional five golf carts with two armed guards in each were waiting. On holes on the outer border of Augusta National, an additional six golf carts were positioned on the fence side of the hole with two guards, both of them armed. All this with no one on the course. Augusta police have called in extra security for the seven days of the tournament. All the vacant houses that had not been rented have been snapped up by

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Pulitzer Prize-winning news organizations like TMZ and The National Enquirer. The caddies who are walking the course are saying there’s a 60% chance he won’t make the cut. They give him a 5% chance of actually winning. They’re saying his drives are not too accurate, his short game is not up to par and his putting isn’t even close. Now, don’t go calling the William Hill betting offices in London to place bets against Woods, but the odds are seemingly stacked against him. All I can say is, it should be a very interesting Monday through Friday, and should Woods make the cut, it could be riveting. Augusta is buzzing over the event, more so than I have ever seen in my 20 years of working in the area. The tension and the excitement is unbelievable. Everyone is asking, “Have you seen him?” I don’t know what to wish for, but if it brings people back to the game, I say, “Come on, Tiger, for God’s sake, play all four rounds and make it close.”

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This week Church Luncheon for Seniors The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners invites all area seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend a free luncheon on Tuesday, April 6 starting at noon. The church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information or to RSVP, please call the office at 266-5310. The next luncheon will be held on May 5. Medicare Training The Office for the Aging will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Tuesday, April 6 at the Pine Plains Library, 7806 South Main St. (Route 82) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, EPIC and Medicare Advantage Plans will also be discussed. Nina Lynch, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s information specialist, will be the presenter. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

Upcoming Swing Concert The Dukes and Duchess, a popular, local swing band, will be performing at a free dance sponsored by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Light refreshments will be available. Call the church for more information at 845-297-2800. Livable Communities The Wallace Center at FDR Home and Library will host “Aging in Place in Livable Communities,” on April 21, 1 to 4 p.m. The program will feature a number of expert speakers and will be moderated by John Beale of the Office for the Aging. Refreshments will be served. Reserve early, as seating is limited. Call 845-452-4846.

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Laughter Club The Laughter Club, which combines laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing and gentle stretches, is celebrating its one-year anniversary Wednesday, March 31 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the community room at the Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $5. Call 845-516-4330 for more information.

Tea Party Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary will host a benefit event, “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” on Wednesday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Rhinecliff Hotel. Participants are asked to wear a favorite hat to enter contests for the craziest, most elegant, largest and most surprising hats. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert and gourmet teas will be served. The event will also include a fashion show of “secondhand chic” fashions from the NDH Thrift Shop. Tickets are $30 and checks can be mailed to NDH Volunteer Office, 6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572. For more information, call 845-876-4987. All proceeds benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Rotary Meeting On Wednesday, March 31, Millbrook Rotary’s guest speaker will be Carolyn Nurre, who will speak about watersheds in Dutchess County and Watershed Awareness Month. This talk is open to everyone and will be held at the Millbrook Carriage House restaurant on Alden Place, Millbrook, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch is $14. The Millbrook Rotary Club can be found online at www.millbrookrotary.org/. Camp Registration Early Bird registration for summer day camp at Hackett Hill Park and Pinewoods Park, including swimming lessons, runs from April 1 through 15. Early Bird registration rates are at a 10% savings. For information on the camps, access www. hydepark.us/recreation. On-line registration is available at activenet.active.com/hydepark with the use of a major credit card. Registration at the Hyde Park Recreation Department is available Monday-Friday, April 1-16, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information please call the recreation office at (845) 229-8086. Restoring the Park The Milaners Youth Program will spend the day cleaning the Milan Rec Park and Community Trail and prepare the Little League Field for the beginning of the season on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A barbecue will follow. For more information, call Jay McCaughey at 845-756-3235. Easter Egg Hunt Tabernacle Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie will be hosting an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. All children up to 12 years of age are welcome. Parents are invited to join for coffee as the children hunt for eggs. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call the church at 845-454-2790.

Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, April 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202. Introduction to Computers for Adults The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, April 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting, or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet on Friday, April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library

at 1215 Centre Rd. Novices to well-experienced knitters of all ages can participate. Come for some company and/or help from your peers. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games. Spread the word and bring a friend since laughter is contagious. The Club meets Friday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Household Donations Sought The Quitman Resource Center and Palatine Farmstead will be selling items to raise money to advance the work of historic preservation of the Palatine Farmstead. Donations of items are needed by April 15. The center is seeking household items, small furniture, jewelry, antiques and other treasures. To donate items for the sale and to arrange for pick-up, please contact Marilyn Hatch at 845-876-6326 or Joanne Engle at 845876-3624 or majes55@aol.com. Italian Night St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg in Rhinebeck will host an Italian Dinner on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. with Master Chef Ron DeSantis. Cost is $30 per person. Call 845-876–3712 for tickets and reservations. More information is available at www.stpaulswurtemburg.com. Daffodil Tea Wilderstein Historic Site’s will host its annual Daffodil Tea on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. This event features a variety of homemade finger sandwiches, cakes, cookies and other treats. The afternoon also includes a tour of the mansion and sneak preview of Wilderstein’s 2010 exhibit. Early reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP and for additional information, call Wilderstein at 845-876-4818. Writer’s Tea The American Association of University Women Poughkeepsie Branch will host an elegant Sunday afternoon Writer’s Tea on Sunday, April 18, 3-6 p.m. at Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie. The event features local authors India Edghill and Tony Musso, who will speak about writing and working in the Hudson Valley. Autographed copies of their books will be available for purchase. There will be live music and a silent auction. Cost is $45 per person and reservations are required. Visit www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org for reservations. > continued on next page

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Town and village justices of the Dutchess County Magistrates Association learned how to cope with stress on the bench from motivational speaker Frank J. De Raffele Jr., host of the “Entrepreneurial Excellence Radio Show” on the Hudson Valley Talk Radio Network, at the judges’ recent dinner meeting. Shown in the photo from left to right are Magistrates Association Vice President Judge John Crodelle (Town of North East), Treasurer Judge Frank Christensen (Town of Milan), De Raffele, Magistrates Association President Judge Paul Banner (Town of Poughkeepsie) and Magistrates Association Secretary Judge Jonah Triebwasser (town and village of Red Hook). Photo submitted.


< continued from previous page Gaza Freedom March A Gaza freedom march will be held Sunday, April 25, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. Ten residents of the Hudson Valley took part in the Gaza Freedom March from Dec. 25 to Jan. 4. Members of this delegation will discuss their experiences as well as the emerging International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza. Call 845-876-7906 for more information. History Museum Dinner The Museum of Rhinebeck History will honor former trustee Brenda Klaproth at a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the American Legion Hall on Mill Street in Rhinebeck on Sunday, April 25. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling Steven Mann at 845876-6892 or by e-mail at smann2@hvc.rr.com and should be reserved no later than April 19. Checks may be made payable to MRH and sent to MRH, P.O. Box 816, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. ‘Back School’ Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a “Back School” program on Thursday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room 2. Larry Flowers, PTA, will offer a simple approach to understanding back injuries, their causes and possible preventative steps. The program teaches people with back problems how to control their back pain by correctly performing activities of daily living. To register for this free community program, call 845-871-3427. Roosevelt Knit-In The Hyde Park Historical Society is accepting reservations for its popular “Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In” on Sunday, May 2. The event will be held at the Henry A. Wallace Conference and Visitor’s Center at the FDR Presidential Library, Route 9, Hyde Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will knit or crochet blocks that will be assembled into afghans and donated to local non-profit organizations. Reservations are required. Send a check made out to the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, P.O. Box 182, Hyde Park, N.Y. 12538-0182 for $15 per person before April 25. Include name(s), address, phone number and e-mail address. For additional information or to be a sponsor, call 845-229-2559 e-mail to Patsyc97@AOL.com. Vendors Wanted Red Hook Rotary is looking for vendors and entertainment for the annual Apple Blossom Festival on May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested parties may call Bud Weaver at 518537-6467 or David Wright at 845-758-6149 or e-mail 0x5@valstart.net. Community Tag Sale A Hyde Park Community Tag Sale will be held May 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The goal is to register 400 homes for the event, providing bargain shopping to visitors and residents alike. To register for the event, the Town of Hyde Park is asking an early bird fee of $5 per home, or after March 27, $10 per home, which gets your location on a custom-made town map for all to see. Additionally, the town will offer 10-by-10-foot spaces on its town parking lot for $25. Only a limited number of spaces will be available. Register at Town Supervisor’s Office 4383 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; Recreation Office, 79 East Market St., Hyde Park; or Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Office, 4385 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. Vendors Wanted Vendors are wanted for the Stanford Lions Club Flea Market on Saturday, June 12 (rain date Sunday, June 13) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to be held on Route 82 in Stanfordville, in front of the Stanford Town Hall. Spaces are $20. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko 845868-7645 for more information.

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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

The very first in a series of Sunday afternoon lectures at the Stanford Library took place last week with a slide show and presentation by Beth Ashton entitled “Gardening through the Seasons.” It was a terrific lecture accompanied by over 60 detailed slides showing mostly perennial plants, with a few annuals and garden ornaments thrown in. Beth had the slides arranged in order by season and her knowledge of each plant amazed everyone in attendance. There were over 20 people in the library basement enjoying this presentation – 22 exactly if you count the delightful baby who cooed quietly on her mama’s lap until she fell asleep about halfway through. Beth’s slides and discussion began with the plants that bloom very early in the year, namely Hellborus niger (aka hellebore, Lenten Rose) which bloom between January and March. She then led us through the early spring bloomers such as trout lily, columbine and marsh marigold, which bloom in April and May. Next, we learned about the spring and summer blooming plants, which included spotted lungwort, blue grape hyacinth, Euphoribia, Labrador violets phlox, European ginger, the castor bean plant and verbena and many more. Finally, we observed and learned about the latesummer and fall plants such as black-eyed Susan, Miscanthus grass, cardinal flower and Helen’s flower, among others. The most amazing thing is that completely without notes, Beth could identify each plant, tell you whether it was a shade or sun lover, how tall it would grow, whether it liked “wet or dry feet,” if it would reseed itself or if it was “aggressive,” meaning it would spread out and crowd out other plants. Also, Beth had keen knowledge on which plants deer like to eat and which they don’t. This was a very common question from this Stanfordville contingent as you can well imagine. Now, I know very little about gardening in general and even less about perennials. I know impatiens love shade and geraniums can tolerate full sun. That, prior to last Sunday, was about it. I was clearly the most unlearned member of the audience at Beth’s lecture, as most of the attendees were familiar with many of the featured plants and gardening techniques. Still, everyone learned quite a bit from Beth’s talk and in my case, well, I learned a whole lot! For example, regarding the often-asked deer question, I learned deer won’t bother plants with gray foliage. Deer also will not touch daffodils, so Beth, says, you can “plant them with reckless abandon.” Other plant facts I learned are that

regular violets are very tenacious and hard to get rid of. The Labrador violet, however, “plays well with others,” says Beth. “It spreads easily, but won’t crowd anyone else out,” she said. From Beth, I also learned that the foliage of a plant is how it replenishes its nutrients, so it is important not to cut the green part back until it has mostly turned brown. One of my favorite things I learned from Beth’s talk is which plants are not only decorative, but are also a good food source for our birds, butterflies and bees. Flowers that have a fluted shape are great for hummingbirds, for example. This would include Small’s penstemon and flowering tobacco. Beth indicated that the hummingbirds need spring-flowering plants because they have just come back from their long journey and need quick energy. Columbine is a good food source for them in the spring. Then, in the fall, they also need energy to fly back south, and that’s when Lobelia will be flowering – perfect for them to fill up on before their journey. Lavender is excellent for butterflies, and Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead) is a favorite of bumblebees. Beth described watching bumblebees “wiggle their fat little bodies all the way inside these flowers until only their little feet were sticking out.” She recommends planting a few of these just to watch the bumblebees dine on them. At the conclusion of her lecture, Beth said, “Your garden should reflect yourself.” Beth personally loves pink flamingoes, even though most people think they are silly. “But, every time someone looks at the flamingoes in my garden,” Beth says, “they laugh or smile. I love the whimsical feel.” She concluded by saying, “Have fun with your garden and don’t worry about what the neighbors think!” Beth has worked at the Cary Arboretum and she is presently a freelance landscape designer. She enjoys doing garden

consultation and will even be a “personal plant shopper,” accompanying a client on a plant-buying trip to guide them toward the types and varieties that will best suit their particular garden. Thank you, Beth, for the wonderfully informative and interesting presentation. My plant knowledge expanded exponentially last Sunday and I can tell others learned quite a bit too, even though they started from a much greater knowledge level. It was truly a top-notch lecture/slide show. Anyone interested in learning more can contact Beth at Ashton189@yahoo. com or call her at 845-868-1509. Next month’s lecture will be on April 25 at 2:30 p.m. and is entitled “Butterflies and Moths Through Your Binoculars.” Guest lecturer is Barry Haydasz and I hear that he is also a master of his subject and an entertaining speaker.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS On Sunday, April 18, the Stanford Grange will host its Land & Sea Buffet dinner. There will be many seafood items and “land” dishes, so be sure to mark your calendars for this event. Dinner is at 2 p.m. and the cost is $12 per person, $6 for children. Call Louise Woodcock at 845868-7548 for reservations. The money from this dinner will go toward fixing a leak in the snack bar roof caused by the heavy snow at the end of February. Taconic Little League opening day is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, with a rain date on the following Saturday, April 24.

BELATED BIRTHDAY GREETINGS Finally, a belated “happy birthday!” to Gary Koch (yep, the big 4-0) and to my son, Niall, who turned 13 last Friday. I am now the mother of a teenager. Heaven, help me! Happy Easter and Passover to all. See you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

Local gardening expert Beth Ashton presents her lecture, “Gardening through the Seasons,” to a large and appreciative audience last Sunday at the Stanford Library. Photo submitted.

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On the trail BY BILL RING Spring means birds chirping, trees budding and winter-weary residents venturing out to bask in the warmth of the sunshine. Time to get out and enjoy Hyde Park’s world-class trail system. The Hyde Park trail system is a major source of pride for our town. The 10-plusmile network of trails and walkways links town parks, nature preserves and national park sites with local neighborhoods and the town’s central business corridor. These trails offer a multitude of benefits: • Residents and families have safe places to walk, jog, push a stroller or bike (on selected trails). Exercising in the outdoors improves our physical and emotional health. • The trail system increases exposure to and appreciation of Hyde Park’s rich history and diverse natural environment. • Visitors are drawn from neighboring towns to enjoy our trails. These tourists eat in our restaurants or shop in local stores while in town, boosting Hyde Park’s economy. The current trail system includes the Vanderbilt, FDR and Val-Kill national historic sites, Mills-Norrie State Park, the municipal parks at Hackett Hill and Pinewoods, and the Winnakee Preserve. We are particularly fortunate that many of our trails are maintained by the state and federal government. But to get the most out of these trails, we really need to more fully integrate them into future planning. Hyde Park has been developing a master plan for the trail system, which would guide future site design to facilitate interlinking trails. The plan is the most sensible way for Hyde Park to efficiently incorporate the trail system into site design. It provides a road map to connect future subdivisions to existing trails, for without a common vision, it is impossible to ever achieve a fully integrated trail system. Some worry that encouraging walking trails in a subdivision design is an economic burden for the developer. But on the contrary, studies show trails are an important selling point for new homes. Just 10 years ago, being near a golf course or water body was at the top of the list. But recreational access supplanted it a while

back so constructing simple trails actually improves the desirability and value of the lots in a subdivision. And especially if it’s part of a linked trail system. The master plan was completed last fall after extensive research, public input and revision. All that is left is for it to be formally adopted, and I encourage the town board to do so. It should also make the recommendations mandatory for future development approvals, giving the plan real backbone. Sadly, this is the first spring in three years I am not able to take part in the Hyde Park Recreation Commission, the town partner in the trails program. I was denied re-appointment to the commission by the current town board. The fact that I’m a Democrat apparently overshadowed my experience and track record in some board members’ eyes. And though the current supervisor told a reporter he saw it as a conflict of interest should I be re-appointed (based on my former chairmanship of the Democratic committee), I don’t see how. Maybe it’s time to change their motto to “Politics and to Heck with People!” Still, I am confident the commission will carry on with its mission to further enhance recreational opportunities for Hyde Parkers, including our crown jewel, the Hyde Park Trail. Economic development is important, but the town board must not neglect quality-of-life issues that make Hyde Park the town we love. When I meet people from around the county and say I’m from Hyde Park, so many of them comment on how fortunate we are to have our trail system. This world-class resource is evidence of what can be accomplished by interagency collaboration, forward-thinking planning, committed volunteers and strong leadership. I am proud to be part of the Hyde Park Democratic Committee, which promotes public participation and enhancing the quality of life for all Hyde Parkers. What matters to you as a Hyde Parker? The Democrats are listening: hydeparkdems@gmail.com Bill Ring is former chairman of the Hyde Park Democratic Party and a former member of the recreation commission. Hudson Valley News welcomes those with opposing views to submit columns to be considered for publication.

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Clinton BY RAY OBERLY

GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER CHURCH ACTIVITIES The Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church will hold services over the Easter season. On Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m., the Church will hold a Seder meal. The congregation of the Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church will also be joining. On Good Friday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m., there will be a Walk of the Cross with many churches participating and it starts at the Regina Coeli Church on Route 9 in Hyde Park. On Good Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m., the Pleasant Plains congregation will go to the Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church to have a joint Tenebrea Service. On Easter Sunday, April 4 at 7:30 a.m., a Sunrise Service will be held, weather permitting, in the Pleasant Plains Cemetery (on Fiddlers Bridge Road, a short distance north of the Church). The Church is located at the intersection of Fiddlers Bridge Road and Hollow Road (County Route 14). For more information, call the office at 845-889-4019 or e-mail pleasantplainschurch@frontiernet.net. The Clinton Alliance Church will have a Good Friday Communion Service on April 2 at 7 p.m. An Easter service will be held on Saturday, April 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. An Easter Sunrise Devotion will be held on April 4 starting at 7:30 a.m. at a local homeowner’s place (call the office for directions). Regular Easter Sunday worship services will be held at 9 and 10:40 a.m. Special Easter fellowship times with refreshments will be held at 8 and 10 a.m., before each worship service. The Clinton Alliance Church is located at 1192 Centre Road (Route 18, north of Schultzville). For more information, call the office at 845-266-5178 or visit www. clintonalliancechurch.org. On Easter Sunday, April 4, the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church will have its Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. behind the facility, overlooking the beautiful Wappingers Creek. The Clinton Corners Evangelical Free Church congregation will be joining them for this service. The church is located at 1592 Hollow Rd. For more information about other services or have any questions, contact the church office at 845-2668057, e-mail cornerstonebfc@verizon.net or visit www.cornerstonebfc.org. The Clinton Corners Evangelical Free Church will have a Good Friday Communion Service on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the church. An Easter breakfast will be held at 8:45 a.m. in the church. The regular Easter service begins at 10:30 a.m. The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners is located at 37 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike) in Clinton Corners. For more information, please call 845-266-5310 or visit www.ccefcny. org.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER MEETING Everyone is invited to the alwayspopular covered-dish Annual Dinner meeting of the Clinton Historical Society on Friday, April 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. Featuring a wide variety of homemade specialties, the event will be held in the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. Everyone attending is requested to bring a covered-dish entree or salad to be shared. The society will provide desserts and beverages. A brief business meeting will be held for the election of officers and trustees, and an update on the Society’s activities, will be followed by the election of officers. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. For more information, call Craig Marshall at 845-266-5684.

FEEDER PIG SALE The Eastern NY Prospect/Feeder Pig Sale will be held on Saturday, April 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Both pure- and mixed-breed pigs are being auctioned and they weigh between 40 and 70 pounds each. About 125 pigs will be auctioned and it is cash and carry so bring a vehicle capable of carrying pigs home. These pigs will be good for 4-H growing projects for the August Dutchess County Fair and for homeowners desiring to raise a pig or two for their family meat supply. For more information, call Jerry at 917592-9752 or by e-mail at uphillbeef@ optonline.net.

CLINTON COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE REPORT The Clinton Community Blood Drive was cosponsored by the Clinton Alliance Church, the Clinton Community Library and the West Clinton Fire Department during a recent drive. To save resources and to allow scheduling for repeat donations, the Clinton Community Blood Drives will be scheduled quarterly. This blood drive was scheduled on short notice due to dire shortage of blood from the recent snow storms and power outages. The drive was held March 12 in the Alliance Church’s Fellowship Hall beside the church. The 31 pints collected exceeded expectations in spite of the bad weather. Thanks are given to Ray Joyce for coordinating and operating the blood. Dave Graybill from the West Clinton Fire Department was most helpful by coming early and staying late to help with the set up and tear down. Additional thanks are given to Clinton Community Library Director Terry Sennett and Alliance Church members Barbara Joyce and Pat Mastri. The next blood drive will be in three months. Stay tuned to this column for the details as they become available.


DCC wines and dines alumnus and well-regarded community leader GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

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Honoree Sally Mazzarella and her husband, Mike, attend the Community’s Bridge to the Future Dinner on Saturday. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Alumnus of Dutchess Community College and a well-known leader in the local not-for-profit world were recently honored at a black-tie fundraiser for the college. Dutchess Community College held its Community’s Bridge to the Future Dinner at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie last weekend, where Tony Campilii (class of 1960) and Jeffrey Smith (class of 1972) were inducted into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame and community leader Sally Mazzarella was presented with the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award. The event was a fundraiser for the Dutchess Community College Foundation, which provides scholarships to students of the school. Campilii, a member of the first graduating class at Dutchess Community, is a lifelong Wappingers Falls resident who has been actively involved with a number of non-profit and service organizations in the greater Dutchess County community. “I’m truly honored,” he said of being recognized by his alma mater. He said he’s also honored to be the first member of the Alumni Hall of Fame from the first-ever graduating class. “I’m really proud to put that ‘1960’ on the wall,” he said. Smith, a lawyer, “has been the lead attorney in some of the largest and most significant securities, shareholder and labor cases litigated in recent decades,

recovering more than $1 billion for stockholders, investors and employees,” according to the college. Mazzarella, well-known for her involvement in dozens of non-profit groups over the last 40 years, said she was taken aback when she learned the college planned to present her with the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award. “It’s really a great honor,” she said. “I’m extremely flattered. It took me by complete surprise.” She said particularly during these tough economic times, it’s even more important people volunteer for worthy organizations. Mazzarella also said it’s important people continue to support Dutchess Community College, which she said offers an “excellent learning experience” for students who chose not to attend a moreexpensive college or university. “As a community college, Dutchess Community is recognized throughout New York State as one of the premier community colleges,” she said. President of Dutchess Community College Dr. D. David Conklin said the two men inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame join about a dozen other accomplished hall of fame members, including attorney Fred Schaeffer, the mastermind behind the Walkway Over the Hudson, and County Executive William Steinhaus.

the next day. People take it in turns to sit and pray in the church. The year my parents allowed me to go with my brother, palm swords flew right out of my mind. In fact, that time, nearly alone in the darkened church with those few others sitting there in silence, may have been the time when Holy Week came alive for me. There was something terrible and beautiful about waiting there. Waiting for what we knew from Sunday school would come next. Jesus would be whipped and spit upon and killed in a horrifying manner. But in that waiting, I felt a calmness, too. It was the sense that all was well, despite the sadness of Good Friday and the chaos of the world around us (Vietnam was just ending). Sitting there with Jesus gave me the sense that being entertained and safe all the time was just not so important anymore. There were things worth going out on a limb for. I would not say my whole life changed in that darkened church that first time I sat vigil. Easter came, and we flowered the cross and hunted for eggs. My brothers and sisters were still alternately heroes and villains. I still got in trouble far more than I deserved (says I, not my parents). But I would say that Holy Week changed for me from Palm swords to a cross. And maybe, just a little, I began to understand God’s love. I wish for you a similar Holy Week of mysterious moments where God’s love becomes real and powerful. Most churches have services throughout Holy Week. Check your congregation’s schedules. And join the combined churches of Hyde Park on Good Friday at 10:30 a.m. as we walk the Stations of the Cross together. We start at Regina Coeli, walk throughout town and end up at Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church.

Maybe it’s just me, but some of my best memories of Holy Week as a child have a lot to do with using palms (from Palm Sunday) as swords to whack my brothers. Sober piety? Not so much. In my parents’ home, we went to all the services of Holy Week. Palm Sunday with our procession around the block – yes, around the entire city block with the entire congregation – before re-entering the church. Maundy Thursday with that mostembarrassing ritual called Washing the Feet. Good Friday with its boring readings. We even went to the Easter Vigil which, at midnight, was too late for me to remember much of – only that once I poked my brother in the ribs and said, “Hey, look! It’s tomorrow!” I believe his response was a well-placed dope slap. For me, despite all that church, it was the palm sword fights and coloring Easter eggs. I know, the eggs have nothing to do with Christ’s resurrection, but we had a large family, and it was a tradition so we, like many, mixed our Easter message. We still do, and I don’t care. The eggs are fun, so there. But I digress. As I grew, one of the most powerful moments of my adolescence was the night I The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of was allowed to sit vigil on Maundy Thursday. In our tradition, we watch in the church from St. James’ Episcopal Church in Hyde just after the evening’s service through the Park. You can read past columns at www. night and up to the time of Jesus’ crucifixion webandchurch.blogspot.com and can contact him at revckramer@gmail.com.

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Restoring Torah scrolls Paul and Kathleen Ellis pose for a photo before the dinner. Paul is chairman of the Dutchess Community College Foundation.

On Sunday, March 21, the Vassar Temple Men’s Club put up a banner on the temple’s front lawn to publicize “Eternal Torah: Restoring Vassar Temple’s Scrolls.” This six-month project will involve the whole congregation in repairing and maintaining its Torah scrolls. Pictured, from left to right, are Kurt Quackenbush, Maurice Collen, Joel Kelson, Alan Kaflowitz, Ron Rosen, Seth Erlebacher, Howard Brown, David Lampell and Bob Abrams. Photo submitted. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | march 31, 2010 {25}


Grads of Dutchess County colleges practicing law locally BY HV NEWS STAFF The law firm of Feldman, Kleidman & Coffey has hired two new attorneys. Kerri L. Yamashita, a 1995 graduate of Vassar College who earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1998 with honors in the concentration of litigation and dispute resolution, has joined the firm. Yamashita is permitted to practice in all New York courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The Dutchess County resident is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. The firm also recently hired attorney Suzanne Konunchuk, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Marist College in 2004 and a law degree from Pace University Law School in 2008. Konunchuk is beginning her law career at Feldman, Kleidman & Coffey after being admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009. The Dutchess County resident is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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BY TONY LEO

A LOCAL BUSINESS EXPO Mark your calendars. A local-area business expo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 at Tymor Park as part of Union Vale’s Community Day celebration. Tymor Park is located just off Bruzgul Road (County Route 21). All businesses will be located inside the “big barn.” Registration forms may be obtained by either downloading the form from the town’s Web site, www. unionvaleny.us, as a PDF or by contacting Committee Member Kathy Welsh at 845724-4762. The cost is $30 for each 10-by-10foot space. Several tables and chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, it is suggested you bring your own table and chair. Anyway, please indicate your preference on the registration form. Set-up time is between 9 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 6. It’s a great opportunity for local area businesses to meet and greet the public as well as for business owners to network with each other. The event will be held rain or shine.

EASTER EGG HUNT Last weekend, the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department hosted a wildly successful Easter egg hunt at Tymor Park marked by the placement of approximately 4,000 eggs that were pursued by over 100 children. The affair was especially serendipitous for the children, since many of the eggs contained candy, toys, prizes and money. There were many smiling faces at the end of the hunt as the children either dispersed to the play area or took part in facepainting or egg-decorating festivities. Indeed, it was a sheer display of genius on the part of Director Rob Mattes to enclose a $10 bill in each of the hidden golden eggs. Hiding these bills in the eggs was a great motivating device to draw more participation and, if the recession keeps up, you’ll see a whole slew of adults taking part in next year’s hunt.

NEW PROGRAMS OFFERED The Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department has announced a number of firsts in its offering of supervised programs. They are as follows: • Arts in the Park: Starts April 6. It’s directed at children in grades one through five and will last approximately six weeks. Arts in the Park will run Tuesday evenings from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and will offer basic instruction in art, candle making, painting, mosaics, candy making and related activities. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. • Mom and Tot, AKA Gossip and Games {26} march 31, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

Playgroup: Starts April 8. It’s directed at mothers (also dads and caregivers) with very young children and will run through April 29. Mom and Tots will take place on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and will feature games, crafts, songs, snacks and much fun. Mothers, dads and caregivers are offered a chance to socialize with each other while their tots are busily occupied in supervised play with other children of their own age. There is a fee of $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. The fee includes one parent and one child. Each additional child will be charged a fee of $2 (for residents) and $3 (for non-residents). • Coffee House Open Mic: Starts Sunday, May 2. A program specially aimed at high school students and will run indefinitely. Coffee House Open Mic will take place on Sunday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. and will feature acoustic sets, stand-up comedy, poetry, magic and a variety of impromptu performances. Sign up to play when you arrive or come and simply enjoy the show. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries will be sold. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will be given out through the evening. • Kids-in-Motion: Starts May 18. It’s designed for boys and girls in grammar school grades one through three and will run through June 22. Kids-in-Motion will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and will offer several sports and games including soccer, kickball, hiking, whiffleball, scooter games, capture the flag and much, much more. The cost per child is $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents. To register for these fine programs or to obtain additional information, call the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department at 845-724-5691.

THE EVER-POPULAR ‘FISHING DERBY’ It’s not new but it’s one of Union Vale’s most popular “signature” events. It’s the annual Fishing Derby that will take place on Saturday, May 1 from 8 a.m. until noon. This is a great family affair where parents are encouraged to come out and fish with their children. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Children do not need to catch a fish in order to be awarded a prize. The park staff supplies the worms (at registration) and you supply the fishing rods, hooks, tackle, etc. There will also be a barbecue during the event that starts at 10 a.m. and “the price is right” – the whole affair is free.

COME TO THE CRAFT FAIR The Union Vale Fire Company will be holding its bi-annual craft fair on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union Vale Fire Station 1 on Route 82 in Verbank. The cost for vendor space is $25. Call Jo-Ann at 845-724-4038 to reserve your space. This is always a good event and well worth going to.


OBITUARIES MARVIN J. A’BRIAL, RED HOOK

Marvin J. A’Brial, 83, of Red Hook, passed away at his home on Friday, March 26th, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 28, 1926, in Red Hook, NY, he was the son of the late Raymond “Ike” and Alice (Day) A’Brial. He was a graduate of the Red Hook Central Schools. Marvin married Harriet Dixon on February 22, 1970 at Third Lutheran Church in Rhinebeck. Harriet survives at home in Red Hook. In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters and son in laws: Marva and Ken Blackmar of Pine Plains, NY, Roxanne and Scott McCarthy of Red Hook, NY, and Gail and James Rice, Jr. of Milan, NY, two sisters; Germaine “Sis” Coon of Red Hook, NY, and Dolores “Kits” Quimby of Indiana, a brother; Raymond “Brud” A’Brial, Jr. of Greenport, NY, his former wife; Beatrice A’Brial of Red Hook, NY, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister; Montel A’Brial. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook, NY. The Rev. Carol Miller officiated. Memorial donations may be made in Marvin’s memory to the Red Hook Fire Company, PO Box 100, Red Hook, NY 12571 or the Red Hook Post #7765 Veterans of Foreign Wars, 30 Elizabeth St, PO Box 5, Red Hook, NY 12571. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. To sign the online guest book, visit www. Burnett-White.com.

GRACE ALDRICH, ITHACA

Grace Aldrich of Ithaca, NY died at the age of 87 on March 22, 2010 at the home of her son, Stephen Aldrich, in Hyde Park, NY surrounded by her family. Born on August 19, 1922 in Oxford, NY to Charles and Anna Temple Winters, Grace was the youngest of four siblings, all of whom predeceased her. On March 9, 1949 she married Leon E. Aldrich of Norwich, NY. They lived in Ithaca, NY, where they raised their six children and together operated first a large successful poultry farm, and later a state of the art dairy farm. Grace truly enjoyed her years as a dairy farmer’s wife. Her husband Pete predeceased her on March 17, 2010. Survivors include her six children, Kathy Aldrich of Staatsburg, NY, Mary Hamilton of Nashville, TN., Margaret Robble and her husband, Michael, of Denver, CO, Stephen Aldrich and his wife, Margie, of Hyde Park, Nancy Willits and her husband, Gary, of Franklin, TN., and Peter Aldrich of Nashville, TN.; nine grandchildren, five greatgrandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Uvanni; and two brothers, Paul and Albert Winters. There are no calling hours. A combined funeral service for Grace and her husband Pete was held at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Reach Out Church, 241 Crum Elbow Road, Hyde Park, NY. Graveside services and burial will be in her family plot at the Riverview Cemetery in Oxford on May 15, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of

Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send her family a condolence, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com.

LEON ALDRICH, ITHACA

Leon (Pete) Aldrich, age 89, of Ithaca, NY, died at the home of his son, Stephen Aldrich, in Hyde Park, surrounded by family, on March 17, 2010, after a brief illness. Born July 10, 1920 in Guilford, NY to Earl and Gladys McNitt Aldrich, Pete attended schools in Guilford and Norwich, and worked on the family farms on Aldrich Road. On March 9, 1949 he married Grace Winters of Oxford, NY. They lived in Ithaca, NY, where they raised their six children and together operated first a large, successful poultry farm, and later a modern, state-ofthe-art dairy farm which drew international attention for its ground-breaking design. The farm, Winteridge, won Cornell University’s recognition as “Dairy Of Distinction” and broke all state records for milk production. His partner and wife of 61 years, Grace Aldrich, died five days after her husband on March 22. Survivors include his six children, Kathy Aldrich of Staatsburg, NY, Mary Hamilton of Nashville, TN., Margaret Robble and her husband, Michael, of Denver, CO, Stephen Aldrich and his wife, Margie, of Hyde Park, NY, Nancy Willits and her husband, Gary, of Franklin, TN., and Peter Aldrich of Nashville, TN; nine grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Irene Weeks, and Sandra Melville and her husband, Dean; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pete was preceded in death by his sisters, Gertrude (Trudi) Godfrey, Ruby Crispell, and Virginia Phetteplace. There are no calling hours. A combined funeral service for Pete and his wife was held at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Reach Out Church, 241 Crum Elbow Rd., Hyde Park. Burial and graveside services will be on May 15, 2010 in his family plot at Evergreen Cemetery, New Berlin, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send his family a condolence, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

DORIS TREMPER, BARRYTOWN

Doris J. Tremper passed away at her daughter’s home in Underhill, Vermont on March 23, 2010. She was born on September 23, 1936 and was the second of two daughters born to Walter and Edna McDermott of Barrytown, NY. Doris attended Red Hook Central High School. She then graduated from Becker Jr. College in Worcester, MA. She married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence P. Tremper on April 27, 1963. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter; Kelly and her husband Daniel Mangan of Underhill, VT, a son; Jeffrey Tremper of Red Hook, NY, a sister; Bet Davis of Austin, TX, and two grandchildren. A memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 5, 2010 at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Barrytown, NY. The Rev. Bruce Chilton will officiate. Memorial donations may be made in Doris’s memory to the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc., P.O. Box 66, Fairview, TN 37062 or www.uoaa.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com.

DONNA ROSE VAN TASSELL, SAUGERTIES

Donna Rose Van Tassell, 66, a three year Saugerties resident and former longtime Staatsburg resident, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at the home of her daughter, Virginia Van Tassell, in Saugerties. Mrs. Van Tassell attended the Bringham Academy in Vermont, and received her nursing training at Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She was a Therapy Aide at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie for 15 years, retiring in 1999. Born in Winsted, Conn. on August 1, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Jacob and Ruth Louise Carr Le Doux. In 1972 at the Poughkeepsie Methodist Church, she married Charles Henry Van Tassell Sr. He predeceased her on April 28, 1975. She is survived by three sons, David Le Doux of Kerhonkson, Donald Van Tassell of Highland, and Charles Van Tassell Jr. of Hyde Park; two daughters, Virginia Rose Van Tassell

of Saugerties, and Donna M. Van Tassell of Germantown; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Francis and Ronald Le Doux, both of Texas, and Raymond Le Doux of Vermont; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her two grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial calling hours will be from 7 to 9 pm, Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Graveside services and burial of her ashes will take place at 10 am, Friday, April 2nd in the Grasmere section of Rhinebeck Cemetery. Rev. Donald Hoger will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

LEGAL NOTICES SUNOWL, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 2/19/10; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 3 Hurley Heights, Salt Point, NY 12578; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. JERSEY GIRL PROPERTIES, L.L.C.; Articles of Organization filed 2/23/10; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 6 Woods End Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: STEWCAL LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on February 17, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. 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 Stewcal LLC, 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Daheim Associates LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on February 17, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. 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 Daheim Associates LLC, 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). Name: TURNPIKE PROPERTY, LLC. Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on January 15, 2008. Office Location: County of Dutchess. Principal Business Location: 148 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580. Purpose: Any and all lawful 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: 148 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, New York 12580.

The partnership of Lawrence Schaffer, Daniel Z. Aronzon and Aaron M. Blum d/b/a Fulton Avenue Professional Building has been converted into Fulton Avenue Professional Building, LLC (the “LLC”) pursuant to Section 1006 of the Limited Liability Company Law by filing a Certificate of Conversion with the Secretary of State of New York on February 22, 2010. The LLC office is in Dutchess County, with a principal location at 104 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York. The Secretary of State of New York is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served; the address to which a copy of the process shall be mailed is c/o Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP, Attn: Richard A. Mitchell, Esq., 2649 South Road, Suite 230, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. The LLC does not have a specific date of dissolution. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of formation of a Limited Liability Company. Name: Yeung Home & Property, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/21/2010. Designated Agent: SSNY. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to LLC, c/o Elizabeth P. Wang, Esq, 11 Market Street, PO Box 1871, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Location: Dutchess County. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of The Lodge Restaurant, LLC (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 4, 2010. Office Location: 1456 Route 55, LaGrangeville New York 12540 (Dutchess County). SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process The Hudson Valley News has been designated by the against it may be served. SSNY Dutchess County Clerk for legal notice postings. shall mail copy of process to: E-mail your notice to: 1456 Route 55, LaGrangeville, legalnotices@thehudsonvalleynews.com New York 12540. Purpose: any or call us at 845-233-4651. lawful activity.

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