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News Briefs Hardscrabble Day celebrates Red Hook

By Carisa Weinberg


Packed with vendors, great local food, kid-friendly fun, election-year political street theater, a special parade and live music, Hardscrabble Day will mark its 37th year on Sat., Sept. 20. Since 1977, the Town and Village of Red Hook have held this unique celebration as a reminder of its “hardscrabble” roots. “Apple Blossom Day starts the summer and Hardscrabble Day ends it,” Village Mayor Ed Blundell told the Observer. He added, “…We’re trying to promote public space to create ’complete streets’ where you can put entertainment and other things out there, so it’s not just a sidewalk and a street.” Though the full Hardscrabble Day schedule isn’t completely set, the musical headliner will be Gregg Rolie, founder and keyboard player with Santana and Journey. According to Blundell, Rolie will be accompanied by a six-piece band performing many Santana favorites. Local bands will also perform in the village parking lot from 11am to 4pm. Other fun activities during the festivities, which run from 10am to 10pm, will include the Kidscrabble area next to Key Bank, complete with free bounce house and kids clothing swap. Delicious food will be prepared by the Flat Iron Restaurant, Rusty’s and more local sources, and nonprofit and for-profit vendors will be lining the village streets with something for everyone. At Red Hook High School, the Raiders will host Highland in their homecoming football game at 1:30pm. The traditional Hardscrabble Day parade will begin at Linden Avenue Middle School at 4:30pm. Those interested in being part of the parade can sign up by contacting town or village hall. —Robert Lachman

They’re back! Students trooped in for their first day of school Sept. 3 at Mill Road Elementary in Red Hook, while local police, school aides and administrators stood by to welcome them, including Superintendent Paul Finch, who said a personal hello to just about every kid. Finch, whose daughter just entered kindergarten, commiserated with County Executive Marc Molinaro, who was also on hand to escort his son to his first day of kindergarten. This year, the Red Hook Central School District has an enrollment of 1,970 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Rhinebeck Central School District, whose first day was also Sept. 3, has a K-12 enrollment of 1,125 students.

Clinton Library board resigns Trustees cite budget deficit, community attacks; state steps in By Sarah Imboden The Clinton Community Library is in turmoil. Faced with a $10,000 budget deficit for this year and a state investigation of recent actions that included the dismissal of the library director, the entire library board of trustees just resigned. The trustees’ action came in an email letter sent Aug. 27 to the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) and the State Education Department, both of which govern area libraries. The letter, signed by all seven trustees, said the trustees feel they were faced with a fundraising problem for the budget “that had existed for years and was not of our making.” It also said, “We have taken steps to avert that crisis and sadly, as a result, have been vilified and harassed by an admittedly small, but extremely vocal, minority of the community. In light of this continued harassment, personal threats, and accusations impugning our motives and honesty, even to the point of attacking us verbally in front of our children and patrons of the library, we feel that it is

impossible to carry out this important task.” A day after receiving the letter, the State Education Department replied that a library board cannot resign en masse and to do so would violate the trustees’ commitment to act in “good faith” on the part of the library. The state’s response letter, signed by coordinator of statewide library services Carol Ann Desch, also said, “Given the dynamics of the local situation, I strongly suggest that the current library board engage in a very public process to solicit recommendations from the community for consideration for appointment to the new board.” The state has appointed Tom Sloan, executive director of MHLS, to oversee what happens next. He told the Observer that the library’s board is now working with the state on a transition plan. The trustees themselves refused to comment. But postings on the library’s website and Facebook page announced the cancellation of the September trustees’ meeting and noted that the trustees and MHLS “are seeking to establish a process for the appointment of a new CCL Board of trustees.” Reaction to the resignations and the letter appeared muted as of press time. Clinton resident and former library trustee David Goldin, who

spearheaded a petition drive seeking the trustees’ resignations, told the Observer, “I don’t think the letter fairly represents the community, and we want the opportunity to respond.” He indicated that a more lengthy statement would be issued soon. The petition drive resulted from a series of clashes between residents and the board after the trustees spent five months in a performance review of Terry Sennett, the library director for more than seven years. Her contract expired last December, but after the review, the board declined to renew it in May. The public outcry over that was partly responsible for a still-ongoing investigation by the state’s Board of Regents. The board’s June 9 meeting, the first after Sennett’s contract was not renewed, drew a record crowd of 75 residents. More than two dozen spoke for an hour and a half applauding Sennett and denouncing the board’s action. The trustees did not respond to any of the comments, but did appoint Alice Graves as the new library director. Then at the board’s July 14 meeting, Denise Biery, the board’s bookkeeper, walked the board through this year’s budget continued on p5

Rhinebeck village officials must come up with an additional $2,400 for security during the Sinterklaas festival, according to the latest safety estimates by police. The village officials met with event organizers and village police Sept. 2 to continue discussing security needs for the Dec. 6 festival, while stressing their commitment to ensuring the popular event takes place. Rhinebeck Police Sergeant Peter Dunn told the board he will require the assistance of six deputies and one supervisor from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office to ensure public safety at the event, at a cost between $2,100 and $2,400. Those funds are in addition to the roughly $8,500 the Rhinebeck Police Department spends on the event, based on estimates provided by Dunn from 2012. Dunn said the extra manpower is necessary if the Sinterklaas parade follows its traditional route, which requires the closure of Route 9 at Market Street for approximately an hour and a half. He projected that, with the additional manpower, the police department would be able to focus on the center of the village, while Sheriff’s deputies would cover the area just beyond the center and respond to any additional calls the police get during the event. In addition, three state troopers and a sergeant would cover the outer ring of the village, matching the manpower they provided at last year’s event, Dunn said. Although the village does not formally sponsor the event, the board must approve the event application, which includes security. continued on p4


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Red Hook happens to be an excellent place to live if you are a senior citizen. That’s largely because of a small group of dedicated volunteers offering resources and plenty of ideas. Working in conjunction with the town board, the Red Hook Senior Citizens Committee is solely focused on assessing the needs of the community’s seniors and then addressing those needs. Chairman Andrew Kehr, an occupational therapist who resides and practices in the Red Hook area, has been part of the nine-member committee for almost nine years. He speaks about the group’s work with great enthusiasm. “If there are problems, concerns, ideas that people feel would improve the well-being of seniors, we’ll hear them and decide how to make recommendations and provide contacts and resources. What’s really wonderful about our members is the excellent team approach. We come from various spectrums of the community—civic, church groups, medical—and there’s a lot of commitment from the deepest part of their hearts,” Kehr told the Observer.

The most evident of the resources is “Red Hook Senior News,” a compendium available on the town’s website. The 2014-2015 edition is currently being finalized. Its topics range from serious (medical, legal) to educational (libraries, classes) to recreational (exercise, art, theater). Red Hook Town Supervisor Sue Crane told the Observer the committee was started after Red Hook Commons, the affordable housing complex for seniors, was built. At the time, the project was meant to address an expressed need for housing for seniors. “However, when that project was complete, we realized we hadn’t addressed the issue of services for seniors… It took many years, but we had a great group of people who worked together well, and that’s the key to getting things done… It’s just thrilling to see people who just love to live in Red Hook and love to make it better,” she said. As its last event before taking off for the summer, the committee holds an annual food drive in June to provide food for families who receive subsidies during the school year. “We are exhilarated by

the amount of food and donations we received from all corners of the community,” said Kehr. “People came forward and showed their generosity. We are so grateful.” The committee also discusses topics such as resources for aging in place. In the spring, committee members asked what kind of support network is needed for seniors to remain in their own homes as long as possible and invited Janis Saggese, president of another local group, Red Hook Seniors, to collaborate on ideas. Saggese told the committee members that the group, which has 60 members, is now working on a resource directory that will include home contractors, so seniors can literally keep a roof over their heads. Red Hook Seniors meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1-3 pm from September to June at the Red Hook firehouse to socialize or celebrate. To become involved, call 845-758-9288. The town’s Senior Citizen Committee meetings are open to the public and are held the first Wednesday of every month (except in summer) at 9:15am at town hall. For more information, call town hall at 845-758-4606.

Rhinebeck GOP to caucus Saturday Rhinebeck Republicans will hold a party caucus at Village Hall at 10am Saturday, Sept. 13 to nominate a candidate for a one-year seat on the Rhinebeck Town Board. The opening was created when the current supervisor, Elizabeth Spinzia, formerly a council person, moved into the supervisor’s position after the 2013 local elections, leaving two years left in her four-year term. Democrat Allan Scherr was appointed to the seat

for 2014, and it is now up for election for the final year of the four-year term. “Any Town of Rhinebeck enrolled Republican is welcome to seek the nomination” said Herman Tietjen, Town Republican Chair, in a GOP news release. He urged all enrolled Republicans in both the town and village to attend the caucus. Those interested should call Tietjen at his office, 845-876-7066, or e-mail him at




New Tasers, bulletproof vests help local law enforcement Red Hook gets new weapons; Rhinebeck gets vest replacements By Robert Lachman The Red Hook and Rhinebeck Police Departments recently received Tasers and new bulletproof vests to protect their officers in the field. Red Hook got two new X26P Tasers for use by police officers during court proceedings. In Rhinebeck, 12 new vests will replace ones that are now out of date. The Taser is an electroshock weapon that is coming into greater use by police departments around the country. It uses electrical current to disrupt muscle control and can subdue a violent suspect without the use of deadly force. Town and Village Justice Jonah Triebwasser told the Observer that the Tasers were part of a $3,029 grant from the state’s Justice Court Assistance Program. ”The state’s Office of Court Administration wants these [Tasers] for security officers in the courtroom,” he said. Triebwasser explained that court officers will be equipped with Tasers during all scheduled town and village court dates as well as for off-hour suspect arraignments. “The rest of the time they will be used in the field,” he said. At the Aug. 21 village board workshop, Police Sergeant Patrick Hildenbrand said that half of his 10 officers were trained in Taser use during the month of August and the other half were to be trained in the beginning of September by Taser instructors from the Hudson Police Department. “This is a great tool,” Hildenbrand said, describing its effectiveness in subduing a violent suspect the first day it was used in the field. “The

first thing he said was ‘You’re not going to Tase me with that are you? I’ll stop.’ He just saw it and it worked.” Triebwasser is already in the process of applying for next year’s grant, which will include two more Tasers with high-definition cameras attached. A dehumidifier for the Village Hall records room is also on his wish list. This year’s grant also paid for two folding tables for attorney use during trials. The Rhinebeck Police Department just received a $4,150 matching grant award for 12 new bulletproof vests through the state Attorney General’s InVEST Partnership, a statewide program that supports the purchase of the vests for law enforcement agencies across the state. The award covers up to 50 percent of the costs of the vests and is part of a $13,900 award for Dutchess County that will provide 48 new vests for Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Rhinebeck law authorities. Rhinebeck Police Sergeant Pete Dunn told the Observer that Rhinebeck received a letter in June from the Attorney General’s office inviting the department to apply for the grant to replace the department’s current vests, which will soon be out of date. “The vests expire after 5 years,” said Dunn. “We received 12 vests because that is the number of vest we have that are due to expire.” He also said the new vests will have the same level of protection as before but will be lighter in weight and more comfortable. According to Dunn, no Rhinebeck officer has ever had to stop a bullet with the vests, but all officers are required to wear them at all times. “We have a mandatory wear policy,” Dunn said. “So vests must be worn while officers are on patrol.”

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Local News Rhinebeck’s students ace the testing Board of Education gets the numbers, and most all of them look good By Amanda Howard A recent report on school-wide testing in Rhinebeck showed mostly highs and very few lows. Marvin Kreps, director of curriculum and instruction, explained the numbers to the Rhinebeck Board of Education at their meeting Aug. 19. Of the approximately 160 high school students who took this year’s English Language Arts Regents exam, 95 percent passed. And 99 percent passed the algebra Regents exam – a

coup for school administrators, who worried how students would do post-Common Core. Both exams are now Common Core-aligned. In addition, at least 90 percent of the students who took the geometry, history, and physics tests had passing scores. Earth science showed a 10 percent jump from last year, from 79 percent to 89 percent passing the test. There was, however, a dip in the chemistry score – 67 percent passed, compared to 97 percent last year. According to Kreps, teachers are looking into causes and solutions for next year. Kreps stressed, however, that even though high test scores can make a school feel like it’s doing

everything right, the tests are not the only measure of success. “The academics are important, but it’s also important to remember the whole child,” Kreps said, citing after-school activities as one key area in which a student participates in the community. “Kids are either tourists or citizens of a school. A quality school system fosters citizenship,” he said. The school district’s approach appears to be paying off: average Rhinebeck SAT scores are historically above state averages. Last year, Rhinebeck high school students averaged a score of 566 for Critical Reading, 549 for Math, and 557 for Writing,

compared to the statewide average of 485/501/477 and the national average of 496/514/488. The district’s high school graduation rate is above 90 percent, as is the college attendance rate. And last year, the Washington Post ranked Rhinebeck in the top 5 percent of high schools in the country. School board member Lisa Rosenthal said she appreciates the big-picture approach to the testing process. “The testing regimen imposed on the district by the state has got some issues in the application, but we’re doing pretty well. We need to keep our school values in the midst of the Common Core and testing stuff, and remember that test scores

are not the only way to evaluate ‘citizenship’ of a school,” she said during the meeting. This is Rhinebeck’s second year using and testing on the Common Core system, and the vibe from teachers seems to be positive, Kreps noted. He said Rhinebeck schools are applying the required principles while adapting Common Core to what they need at the local level. “We don’t just take things off the shelf,” Kreps said. “We have a tradition of thinking things through and deciding what makes most educational sense for our students, and we hire good teachers. They feel connected to their curriculum because they wrote it.”

Verizon tower height gets mixed reception at Milan ZBA hearing By Andrew Bonanno The public hearing on the proposed Verizon cell tower in Milan remains open as Verizon representatives and town officials continue to circle the issues of tower height and signal strength. At the Aug. 27 zoning board of appeals meeting, Verizon

continued its quest for a variance that would allow the company to build a 150 ft. tower on Academy Hill Road to look like an evergreen tree with an antenna centerline of either 135 or 146 feet. When ZBA member Phil Zemke asked which antenna height Verizon was proposing, Verizon attorney Scott Olson responded that

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it depended on whether the ZBA upheld the town’s -90 decibel standard for wireless frequencies. He added that Verizon believes an appropriate frequency standard is -85 decibels, which would require that the antenna centerline be moved up to 146 feet. “If towns and states were allowed to regulate radio signal frequency strength,” Olson said, “I think wireless industry as we know it would kind of crumble… the [Federal Communications Commission] believes that we [Verizon] know our system best.” Ronald Graiff, an independent consultant in radio frequencies for Milan, told the board he agreed with Verizon that -90 is too weak. He advised the ZBA that a higher antenna would provide a stronger signal and also would avoid the need to build another tower in the future. When the public hearing on the application was opened, attorneys Warren Replansky and David Gordon, representing Academy Hill residents, criticized Olson for asking the ZBA to consider complicated technical and legal issues when the

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main issue before the board is what tower height to allow. Replansky and Gordon insisted that frequency levels are spelled out in the town code and changing that standard is up to the Town Board; all the ZBA has to do is decide whether the requested variance is appropriate and whether it has a minimal effect within the existing town standards. A faux-evergreen tower 70 to 80 ft. taller than surrounding deciduous trees is hardly minimal, Gordon added. Because the detailed technical information on frequency strength that Verizon provided was not available to the public from the ZBA office until the morning of the meeting, Gordon requested that the public hearing be extended. The board approved the extension until its Sept. 24 meeting, at 7pm in Milan Town Hall.

Milan considers new stop sign, houses in land conservation district A public hearing will be held Sept. 15 at Milan Town Hall at 7:20pm on a new local law that would amend the town code to add a stop sign on the southbound lane of Battenfeld Road at the T-intersection with Shookville Road. The town board approved the hearing unanimously at their Aug. 18 meeting.

Also at that meeting, the town board agreed to consider a recommendation from the planning board on altering the town’s zoning code to allow single-family dwellings in the Land Conservation District with site plan and special use permit approval by the planning board. Councilman Jack Campisi said that amending the law would be “a fairly easy fix” and in the town’s best interest, in this case. He explained that when the wetlands in the Land Conservation District (LCD) were determined, the portions of a given parcel that were actually wetlands were not isolated. As a result, some lots currently designated “LCD” include significant non-wetlands acreage; however, due to the “LCD” designation, building is not permitted anywhere on these lots, even if it would not interfere with the wetlands. Altering the law to include the recommended clause would allow the planning board to review LCD parcels on a case-by-case basis, permitting construction and subdivision only where it would not impede the zoning code’s intended environmental protection goals. Th e bo a r d a gr eed th a t Campisi should rewrite the law as recommended and present a motion for review and potential approval at the town board’s Sept. 15 meeting.

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Sinterklaas founder and director Jeanne Fleming asked them for a quick decision on covering the extra costs. “We’re noticing that people think that the event is being cancelled now for safety concerns, so our fundraising efforts have been slowed,” Fleming said. “I think the gap is so small,” Trustee Scott Cruikshank replied. “We all want everyone to

know that we want this event to happen.” The village board discussed asking the county to donate some of the sheriff’s deputies’ time and then said it would announce its decision on the extra funding at its Sept. 9 meeting. “It’s a small challenge to hit the $2,400,” Cruikshank told Sinterklaas representatives. “We should plan on working together to do that.”


Fire deal inked in Rhinebeck By Carisa Weinberg The Rhinebeck village board has finalized a contract with the town for fire protection services, following an almost year-long negotiation process. The village, which provides fire protection services to the town, sought a substantial increase in fees, while the town lobbied for more budgetary oversight. The new five-year deal, which is backdated to Jan. 1, 2014, sets fire protection fees for the town at $160,000 this year, rising by $10,000 each year through 2018. The town board initially announced the compromise plan

at a July 14 meeting. Part of that deal was an informal agreement to pursue the formation of a new fire district, which would put management of the fire department in the hands of elected commissioners, rather than the village board. Village trustees swiftly approved that contract on July 22, but then the town introduced additional clauses, including a formal agreement to work “expeditiously” to form a consolidated fire district. Those changes required a new vote by the village board, which was further delayed by the failure of the town to approve the revised contract at its Aug. 11

meeting because it had failed to open a new public hearing on the matter. Following an Aug. 25 hearing, during which the town board received no comments from the public, it approved the contract on a 4-0 vote with no discussion. While the village board unanimously approved the revised contract at its next regular meeting, on Sept. 8, Trustee Gary Kenton raised concerns about the fire district clause, preferring language that would require consolidation efforts to be subject to a public hearing. Mayor Heath Tortarella confirmed that a public hearing will be required by law.

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numbers, which culminated in a vote for a budget of $77,247, which included a $10,170 deficit to be raised through fundraising before Dec. 31. Total income for the year was projected to be $67,076, the bulk of which, $54,884, came from the town. Unlike many local libraries, Clinton Community Library is funded through the town’s budget. “The community has raised a number of concerns,” Sloan told the Observer at that meeting, noting that he had received many letters. Sloan, who also attended the June meeting, confirmed that the state Board of Regents has been conducting an investigation of trustee actions based on letters received from the community. “These kinds of investigations don’t happen often… this is one where the community is particularly engaged in their library, which is a good thing. I think everyone is here for the right reasons, they all want their library to be successful. But there are

Historic house demolition weighed in Tivoli By Amanda Howard The slow but constant battle against nature has caught up with the historic home at 84 North Road in Tivoli, and the property’s owner has applied to the village planning board for a permit to demolish it. The house has apparently been vacant since the early 2000s, and planning board members who have toured the site say the roof is damaged from a fallen tree, the floors are buckled from water damage caused by frozen pipes, and the backyard pool is in disrepair, creating a “dangerous condition.” The owner, Harris Family Association Ltd., represented by Rick Hill of Fine Line Restoration of Cresco, Pa., has decided enough is enough and would

certainly disagreements on how to proceed,” Sloan said. The exchanges between residents and the board at recent meetings have been characterized by frustration on both sides, and some residents have been quite outspoken in their criticism. At the June meeting, Jen Cavanaugh, then-chairperson of Clinton’s Conservation Advisory Council, said, “Recognize that you, the members of the board, are not doing your job, which is in large part to represent the wishes of the patrons of the Clinton Community Library. I ask that you resign your positions immediately.” Since that meeting, several community members circulated the petition asking that the trustees resign. In July, the petition had about 76 signatures. At the July 14 meeting, residents and trustees continued sniping at each other. The board, after one heated exchange, then insisted that residents not speak during the meeting. like to tear the house down and start over. Hill told the board at its Aug. 25 meeting that the owner wants to have the lot declared vacant land, with the driveway and a garage on the property left intact. The swimming pool will be filled in. Zoning Enforcement Officer Steve Cole, who toured the property with planning board chair Mike Billeci, recommends the building be torn down, according to Billeci. At the meeting, the board discussed their concerns about tearing down a historic home in the village. Though the house was built in the early 1900s, it had previously been renovated to a different style and is not a “significant building,” Billeci said. Any new construction on the property will have to abide by the village pattern book and be approved by the board. Before the applicant’s certificate of demolition can be granted by the planning board, a public hearing will be held Mon., Sept. 22 at 7pm.

By the Aug. 11 board meeting, the trustees had still not outlined a plan for raising funds for the budget deficit. The library, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, is part of the Clinton Town Hall complex at 1215 Centre Rd. in Rhinebeck. The library board appoints its own trustees. Three trustees have served since 2012, one since 2008, and three are serving their first terms.

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Upper Hook Rd. area variance OK’d An area variance for a front yard setback of 41 ft., where 150 ft. is the minimum required, was approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals Sept., 3 for Rosemary Bakker of 8 Upper Hook Rd. Bakker intends to extend her existing porch 7 ft. in order to create a sloping walkway for a family member who needs wheelchair access. The walkway will be constructed using bluestone and cedar materials. The board voted unanimously to approve the variance after terming it a Type II action under SEQR and after no neighbors spoke against the change at the Aug. 6 public hearing.

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The ZBA closed the public hearing Sept. 3 for ZBA secretary Brennan Kearney’s application for four area variances to construct a 900 sq. ft. apartment within an existing barn at 211 Ackert Hook Road, a 2-acre parcel in a 5-acre zone. The variances would: allow construction of the accessory dwelling unit within the existing barn; allow an accessory dwelling on 2 acres in a 5-acre zone; and bring the non-conforming front yard setback and lot width, which predated current zoning, into compliance. Some nearby neighbors spoke at the Aug. 6 public hearing about a potential traffic issue, particularly with some hedges blocking sight lines and a possible increase in the number of cars. ZBA members who conducted a site visit reported they saw no outstanding issues with the project. Before the board voted to close the public hearing, Kearney said that one nearby homeowner is worried about “loss of habitat.”

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Sarah Bowen of 219 Slate Quarry Road applied Sept. 3 for two front yard setback variances so that she can build an addition to an existing singlefamily home and also bring the property into compliance with current zoning. The new addition will add a bedroom and foyer to the front of the house and an existing bedroom will be renovated as a closet, keeping the structure as a two-bedroom home. The ZBA accepted the application and set a public hearing for Sept. 17. VILLAGE OF RHINEBECK PLANNING BOARD

Hospital request for shorter sidewalk granted Northern Dutchess Hospital submitted a request to the planning board at its Sept. 2 meeting for review of their site plan and proposed sidewalk on Montgomery St. The sidewalk was slated to follow the road up to the hospital-owned farmhouse just off the main campus, but Kirschoff Properties, build-

ers of the new hospital wing, say extending the sidewalk that far will harm tree roots. After much discussion, the board agreed by a 3-2 vote that the hospital could end the sidewalk after the Women’s View Health Annex building, at 107 Montgomery St., and urged the hospital to make every effort to avoid impacting any nearby trees.

Livingston St. barn site plan approved The planning board voted unanimously to approve the final site plan for a new 2,000 sq. ft. barn proposed by Michael and Mary Bird at 62 Livingston St. The approval comes after the village Zoning Board of Appeals granted side yard and rear yard setback variances for the project. The two-story barn will replace an old one that is being demolished. The board made several building materials part of its conditions for approval, including hardy plank clapboard siding and shingles for the exterior and reuse of some materials, including six windows, from the original barn. They also requested that the Zoning Enforcement Officer inspect the landscaping and hardscaping plan before issuing a building permit for the work. TOWN OF MILAN ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Sandwich stand nixed for Milan Market site The Milan Zoning Board of Appeals at its Aug. 28 meeting said it could not grant an area variance for a sandwich stand to remain at 1615 Route 199, the site of the former Milan Market and Pizza, owned by Elias Rabadi. Rabadi said that the town zoning enforcement officer contends the stand is a mobile structure and must be removed from the property after closing each day, according to town code. The ZBA suggested that Rabadi ask the town board to change the code to allow for his sandwich stand.

Willowbrook Rd. yard variance approved A public hearing was held Aug. 28 for the application of Jeremy Lang of 1110 Willowbrook Rd for a variance to place a propane tank 12 ft., and a 5kW generator 21 ft., from his front property line, where 85 ft. is required. Lang proposes to surround the tank and generator with a chain-link fence of fauxevergreen material and also screen with landscaping. The ZBA voted to close the public hearing and grant the variance. TOWN OF CLINTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Camp Dr. area variance granted John Harding of 62 Camp Dr. requested an area variance to create a 1.94 acre lot by selling 0.3 acres to his northward neighbor. Harding’s current lot of 2.24 acres pre-existed the current 5-acre minimum lot requirement. Prior to a recent survey, the first for the property


& Zoning since 1934, it was thought that the 0.3 acre parcel belonged to Harding’s neighbor. The ZBA unanimously approved the variance on the condition that all required fees be paid, but noted that approval was due to the unique circumstances of the case and that the variance should not be considered a precedent for creating substandard lots.

Browning Rd. variance tabled Matthew Taney requested an area variance for his 4.59acre lot on Browning Rd. to be considered a 5 acre lot, which would fulfill the minimum acreage required for a farm designation and allow him to build a 40 ft.-by-60 ft. pole

barn to house bees, chickens, and goats. The ZBA said Taney could combine his 4.59-acre lot with an adjacent lot he also owns and avoid the need for a variance, but he said he prefers to keep the lots separate in case he wants to sell one in the future. ZBA members expressed concern that a future owner could possess a lot designated as a “farm” that did not conform to zoning code, and encouraged Taney to consider an “animal husbandry” designation, which could be achieved without the variance but would require a building permit for the barn. The ZBA unanimously voted to table the variance request while Taney considers his options.

Veteran Arts show coming to FDR site The second annual Veteran Arts Showcase is set to take over the Wallace Center at the FDR Historic Site in Hyde Park Nov. 21-23. The show is open to all visual artists, crafts, musicians, performers, writers, any medium or genre welcome. All veterans or military-connected artists are eligible to enter. The application deadline is Sept 21. The form can be downloaded at Or contact or 845-226-4218. The event is sponsored by Creative Warriors, the FDR Presidential Library and Home, The Veteran Family Support Alliance and the Orange County Arts Council.

Joan Blum, who lived most of her 62 years in Rhinebeck, died last month at her home in Kinderhook. In her 20s, she was stricken with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that devastated her body, but also served to sharpen her mind and enliven her spirit. Despite years of constant pain, Joan raised a daughter (and helped with two grandchildren), made a career in IBM communications, and wrote prose marked by wit, irony, and steel-tempered humor. In the 1980s, Joan’s home on South Street in Rhinebeck— and later on Sunset Road—served as a kind of salon for creative people in the community: writers, musicians, and artists who were occasionally odd, often talented, and always grateful for something good to eat. Seated amid this swirling cast of characters, Joan orchestrated the meeting of many minds—and a few bodies, too—presiding Prospero-like over the shifting scene. Though, in truth, it was more Pirandello than Shakespeare. A rigorous thinker with an iron will and a highly developed moral sense, Joan did not suffer fools gladly. But many of us, fools or no, will long remember her generous, uncomplaining nature, her passionate loyalty to family and friends, and her extraordinary courage.

Cornelia (Connie) Bard Fowle Cornelia (Connie) Bard Fowle, age 65, of Englewood, Florida died August 5th in Sarasota, Florida of complications from heart surgery. Connie grew up in Red Hook, NY, the second child of Dick and Helen Bard. She received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Bard College in 1980 and a Master of Public Administration from SUNY Albany in 1984. Early in her career, Connie began a life of service starting with Bard’s Higher Education Opportunity Project (HEOP), helping students transition to college life. In 1987, she joined and rose to lead the Public Administration Comprehensive Education (PACE) project at Dutchess Community College. Her vision was to bring to at-risk students the opportunities she had received at Bard. This goal was achieved for over 800 students in Dutchess County. She was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service by

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Hyde Park man charged with 2013 armed robbery Tonie Coston, Jr., 19, of Clinton, was arrested Aug. 26 in connection with an armed robbery that occurred March 16, 2013, at the Gas Stop at 4912 Albany Post Rd. According to Hyde Park Police reports, an employee of the gas station reported

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that a man armed with a gun had demanded money. While the employee then took away the weapon, later determined to be a pellet gun, the suspect fled on foot with the money. During the ensuing search, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit found clothing matching the description of the suspect, but the suspect was not located, the report said. The crime scene and clothing were processed for DNA samples, which were analyzed as part of a lengthy multi-agency investigation, according to Lieutenant Robert Benson of Hyde Park Police. While the DNA showed no match in police records, other avenues of investigation turned up the suspect’s name, so Hyde Park Police detectives and representatives of the State Police Major Crimes Unit went to Devens, Mass., where Coston was living. They interviewed the suspect and got a DNA sample, which they said was a match, Benson told the Observer. “We’re able to solve a lot more crimes now with DNA… it just shows you that we don’t give up on it,” he added. Coston was charged with second-degree robbery, a felony, and arraigned in Hyde Park and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $15,000 cash or $25,000 bail bond.

Fire union treasurer charged with grand larceny Keith Rutbell, 41, of Pleasant Valley, long-time treasurer of the Arlington Firefighters’ union, was arrested Aug. 25 in Poughkeepsie and charged with felony grand larceny, according to a State Police report. Investigation revealed that while Rutbell served as the union’s treasurer for the last 15

years, he reportedly stole over $25,000 in union funds. The allegedly larceny was reported by the union to the police in July. Rutbell was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash, $20,000 bond.

DWI charges Russell Deyoung, 51, of Rhinebeck, was arrested Sept. 30 in the Village of Red Hook and charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, as well as driving without headlights, failure to keep right, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, all infractions, according to a Red Hook Police report. He was arraigned and released on tickets to appear in court… Kam Chew, 48, of Tivoli, was arrested Sept. 29 in the Town of Red Hook and charged with two counts of drunk driving, both misdemeanors, according to a Red Hook Police report. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in court… Jesse Short, 31, of Ulster Park, was arrested Aug. 24 in the Town of Red Hook and charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, as well as failing to submit to a breath test, driving across hazard markings, and failure to keep right, all infractions, according to a Red Hook Police report. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in court… Michael Mansey, 52, of Catskill, was arrested Sept. 3 in Tivoli and charged with first offense driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of over .08 percent, both misdemeanors, according to a State Police report. He was released on tickets to appear in court.

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by a 5K “fun walk” that will not be timed and a 5K race, both at 9:15 am. There will also be a kids’ race at 10:15 am. The first 250 registrants for the 5K and 1-mile races will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and awards will be given for each race. Food and live music are added attractions. To pre-register online, go to ($20 adults, $12 students, $5 kids before Sept. 14). Race day registration will be 7:30-8:30am at the high school, ($25 adults, $15 students, $5 kids). For more information, visit

Free aging seminar offered If you are beginning to think about the choices you’ll be faced with as you age, head to Coppola’s Restaurant Sept. 17 for a free planned aging seminar held by Dutchess County Hospice and HealthQuest. The seminar will feature an interactive panel discussion with local professionals from multiple fields on important topics including: health care choices, assisted living, skilled nursing, long term care options, finances, and legal con-

cerns. It will be moderated by Tim Massie, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at HealthQuest. The seminar, sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank, will start at 5pm with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at Coppola’s Restaurant in Hyde Park. Attendance is limited; to reserve a spot, call Kelly Caldwell at Rondout Savings Bank at 845-229-0383 or email by Fri., Sept. 12.




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5pm. 20 games plus early bird, share the wealth and progressive power ball. AC, pull tabs, snack bar. Doors open at 5pm, sales 6pm, games 7pm. 845-758-6212. VFW Post 7765, 30 Elizabeth St., Red Hook.

Jose ‘Pepe’ Viera: Cuba and U.S. relations 6pm. Former Cuban diplomat Pepe Viera, visiting from Havana, will talk about the past, present, and future of Cuba and its relations with the U.S. 617-372-0911 or Campus Center, Bard College.

Film screening: ’The Roosevelts: an Intimate History’ 7pm. A pre-broadcast screening of highlights from Ken Burns’ new documentary film and WMHT’s “Nine Long Days: TR’s Journey to the White House.” Free. 845-4867745. Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, FDR Library and Museum, Hyde Park.

Author Ross Douthat 7pm. New York Times columnist and author Ross Douthat will

discuss his book “Bad Religion: Culture Wars, Political Polarization, and the Transformation of Christianity.” Free. 845-575-3174. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College.

works, from first inspiration to final production. or 845217-0734. Free. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff.

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9/11 memorial service

7-9 pm. Mark Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut’s son, gives a talk called “The Myth of Mental Wellness” including portions of sharing his memoir, “Just Like Someone With Mental Illness Only More So.” Free. 206-351-0777 or alegendr@bard. edu. Olin Hall, Bard College.

Rhinebeck Choral Club rehearsals 7pm. The Rhinebeck Choral Club invites all Hudson Valley voices to join and sing with the group. Also on Wed. Sept. 17. 845-849-5865. Archcare at Ferncliff, 21 Ferncliff Dr., Rhinebeck.

Shulamit Ran anniversary concert 8pm. The Da Capo Chamber Players will present a program of works by composer Shulamit Ran. Free. 917-816-3060 or László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building, Bard College.


La Dolce Lingua 6pm. Attendees will be introduced to basic Italian conversation during this informal program. Every Thurs. through October 23. Intermediate level class every Thurs. at 5pm. Free. Registration limited to 15 people. 845-758-3241 to register. Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

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6pm. A candlelight service to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Before & after the ceremony, there will be a firetruck available at the site for contributions to the Worthwhile Food Drive. 914-4751335. Paul Tegtmeier Memorial Site, Hackett Hill Park, 59 E. Market St., Hyde Park.

9/11 film screening 6:30pm. “Code Yellow: Hospital at Ground Zero,” a documentary produced by Daedalus Productions, in association with NYU Downtown Hospital, tells the story of the medical response by the hospital closest to Ground Zero on 9/11. Screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A with: director/ producer Nina Rosenblum and writer/producer Dennis Watlington. Free. 518-329-0840. Rhinebeck High School Auditorium, 45 North Park Rd, Rhinebeck.

Lyme Disease support group 7pm. Meets second Thurs. of the month. 914-489-1202. First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Dr., Rhinebeck.

Stamp club 7pm. A meeting of the Stamptrotters, a chapter of the American Philatelic Society. Phil Bruno at 845-758-6574 or pib39@hvc. VFW Post 7765, 30 Elizabeth St., Red Hook.


Blood donations 2-8:30pm. Donation types: automated red cells. Clinton Alliance Church Youth Center, 1215 Centre Rd., Rhinebeck.

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Red Hook Library plant, bake sale 10am-12pm. Fundraiser for Friends of the Library. For donations, contact Samara Genee at 914-7142184 or by Sept. 8. Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

Germantown Garden Club flower show 1pm. Show features flower arrangements and horticulture specimens provided by members of the club. Also Sun., Sept. 14, 1–3 pm. Free. 518-537-4868. Palatine Parsonage, 52 Maple Ave., Germantown.

‘Downton Abbey’ tour 1-2:30pm. See how the servants prepared for a busy weekend of entertaining and how the Mills’ daughter married into the British Aristocracy. Tickets: adults, $10; seniors, $8. 845-889-8851 for reservations. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg.


Monthly pancake breakfast 8-11am. Priced according to order – a la carte. 845-756-2140. Elizaville Firehouse, 1575 Rte 19, Elizaville.

Germantown Garden Club flower show 1pm. Show features flower arrangements and horticulture specimens provided by members of the club. Free. 518-537-4868. Palatine Parsonage, 52 Maple Ave., Germantown.


Blood donations 11am-7pm. Donation types: double red cells. Bard College.

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4pm. Paddle in Tivoli Bays with Tivoli Free Library and NYS DEC environmental educators from the Norrie Point Environmental Center. 845-757-3771 or tivolidirector@ to register. North Bay Canoe Launch on Kidd Ln., Tivoli.

6pm. O’Neill, Bard’s distinguished visiting professor of Written Arts, will read from his new novel, “The Dog,” a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai. Free. Campus Center, Bard College.

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5pm. Features card and board games, door prizes and an auction. $8 admission covers finger foods, desserts and beverages. 845-8764997 for payment. Cafeteria conference room, Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck.


Community yard sale 9am-4pm. Profits from the table rentals will provide funds for personal care products for recipients of the Red Hook United Methodist Church food pantry. Lizzyj0184@ Red Hook United Methodist Church parking lot, 4 Church St., Red Hook.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am-3pm. Bringing you the finest local fresh farm products, baked goods and artisanal crafts the Hudson Valley has to offer. A farmers market, run by farmers, on a farm. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook.

Red Hook Village farmers’ market 10am-2pm. Local produce, pastured meats and eggs, baked goods, cheeses, pickles, wine, honey, flowers, jams, soap, and

16/TUESDAY 1pm. Weekly meeting. Red Hook Firehouse, Firehouse Ln., Red Hook.

Couponing program 6pm. Learn how to save money and improve the quality of your life during “Dollars & $ense,” a new couponing group. Exchange coupons, ideas, and money-saving strategies. Free. 845-758-3241. Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook.


Roswell Rudd/ Mark Dresser Duo 3-9pm. Performance by jazz trombonist, Roswell Rudd and bassist Mark Dresser. 510-414-6244 or Edith C. Blum Institute, Bard College.

5-hour pre-licensing course 4-9:30pm. Must have and bring permit to the class. Bring snack and/or lunch. $45. 845-758-2241 ext. 71351. Room 156, Linden Avenue Middle School, 65 W. Market St., Red Hook.

VFW Bingo 5pm. See Sept 10 for details.

‘Take Back Your Power’ screening 5pm. County Legislator Joel Tyner hosts a screening with Dr. David



Carpenter, director of the SUNYAlbany Institute for Health and the Environment, of the award-winning 2013 Josh del Sol documentary “Take Back Your Power.” Free. or 845-4532105. Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Rd., Rhinebeck.

Morton movie: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ 6pm. A modern take on Shakespeare’s play, 2012, directed by Joss Whedon. Free. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff.

Poker night at Sidelines 7pm. See Sept 10 for details.

Bard filmmakers screening 7pm. Filmmakers in attendance. ‘Night Moves’ (Kelly Reichardt, 2013) and ‘Being Bodies’ (Ephraim Asili, 2014). 845-758-6822, cmia@, or Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, Bard College.

Rhinebeck Choral Club rehearsals 7pm. See Sept 10 for details.


Math circle 4-5pm. Led by Bard College students, to boost critical thinking and problem solving skills through math-based games for students in grades 5-8. Every third Thursday. Free. Germantown Library, Palatine Park Rd., Germantown.

La Dolce Lingua 6pm. See Sept 11 for details.

Hudson Valley Playwrights 6-8:30pm. See Sept 11 for details.

Dutchess Heritage lecture: Philip Otterness 7pm. Philip Otterness, author of “Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York,” recounts the intriguing saga of the earliest mass immigration and settlement of German-speakers in Dutchess County. Reception follows. Tickets: $10, pre-order; $15 at the door; children 16 and under, free. 845-471-01630 or to reserve tickets. Historic Elmendorph Inn, 7562 N. Broadway (Rte 9), Red Hook.


Children’s clothes closet 9am. Free children’s clothing. Donations accepted, no adult clothing. 845-337-1590 or 518337-1590. Third Lutheran Church, 31 Livingston St., Rhinebeck.

Blood donations 10am-5pm. Donation types: double red cells. Northern Dutchess

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Morton acoustic show 8-10:30pm. Before microphones, before amplifiers, before electric guitars, there was pure acoustic music. 845-876-7007. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff.


Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am. See Sept 13 for details.

Red Hook Village farmers’ market 10am. See Sept 13 for details.

Hardscrabble Day 11am-10pm. Community street festival featuring kids’ events, parade, street vendors, food. Free live music all afternoon; major rock concert with Gregg Rolie Band at 7pm. Village of Red Hook.

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Mannes Hot Shots 3pm. MHCGS will showcase the work of guitar and composition students of Maestro Terry Champlin, featuring Liz Faure and Joe Landi, Koby Williamson and Shannon Calandrillo, Matt Kaplan and Mathew Pidi. Admission: $10. or Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff.


Health exchange navigators 10am-6pm. One-on-one sessions to help sign up for various health plans. Free. 1-800-453-4666 to make an appointment. Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

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4-6:15pm. Panelists Nicholas Lewis, Jay Elliott, and Harrison Huang discuss what it means to live a virtuous life. Free. 845-7587490 or Fisher Center, Bard College.

2pm. The debut presentation of Anthony P. Musso’s new book, “Staatsburg: A Hamlet Lost in Time.” The presentation will include a number of the 108 vintage and contemporary images that are featured in the book. 845889-4682. St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg.

Music of Maestro José Antonio Abreu 3pm. The Sistema Side by Side Orchestra travels from Boston to honor Maestro José Antonio Abreu. Maestro Abreu will be in attendance to receive an honorary degree from Bard College. Free. or 845758-7900 to make a reservation. Sosnoff Theater, Bard College.


Catch A Rae run 7am. 5K Run, 5K Fun Walk, & Kids’ Fun Run. to register. Red Hook High School, 103 W. Market St., Red Hook.

‘Downton Abbey’ Deluxe tour 1-2:30pm. Taking a cue from the popular television show, “Downton Abbey,” Staatsburgh will populate its opulent rooms once again with “servants” and “guests” of another era to tell the mansion’s story as it prepares for a busy weekend of entertaining. Admission: adults, $15; seniors & students, $13; children 12 and under, free. 845-889-8851, ext. 300 to make

PERFORMANCES John Cage Weekend: ‘The Ten Thousand Things’ Musicologist James Pritchett in a project initiated by John Cage in 1953 involving the composition of independent pieces for various media. Sat., Sept. 20. Preconcert talk at 7pm, performance at 8pm. Tickets $30, or weekend pass to this concert and ”Branches“ for $40. or 845-758-7900. Fisher Center, Bard College.

So Percussion: ‘Branches’ Curated by Conservatory faculty, ‘Branches’ is an experiment in exploring music, theater, video, dance, visual art, and other media. Sun., Sept. 21, 3pm. Tickets: $25, or $40 for both weekend events. or 845-758-7900. Fisher Center, Bard College.

‘Grease’ The Castaway Players Theatre Company presents the world-famous rock musical about the lives, language and tensions of teens in the 1950s. Runs through Sun., Sept. 21, Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Tickets: $26/$24. 845-876-3080. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck.

‘Equivocation’ What happens when England’s dirtiest politician tries to hire Shakespeare as his spin doctor Is a mix of comedy, tragedy and farce. Opens Fri., Oct. 3 through Sun., Oct. 12. Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm. Tickets: Pay what you will; proceeds benefit Rhinebeck Theater Society. 845-876-3080. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck.

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Book reading: Lindsay Hill 6-8pm. Hill will read from his novel, ‘Sea of Hooks.’ A pre-reading reception will be held at 6pm. 845-758-7089,, or Anne Cox Chambers Alumni/ae Center, Bard College.


Conservatory concert 12pm. Conservatory students in concert. Free. 845-758-7196 or László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building, Bard College.

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Writers’ workshop: Tommy Zurhellen 5pm. Local author and Marist College creative writing professor Tommy Zurhellen will be facilitating this informal, friendly writer’s workshop. Free. 845-757-3771. Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli.

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Time to go back to school! The Castaway Players Theatre Company (Rocky Horror, Girlfriend From Hell and The Wedding Singer) presents Grease, the world-famous rock musical about the lives, language and tensions of Windy City teens in the 1950s. Featuring a great score that we all know and love, and a cast of remarkable talent to bring it to life like you’ve never seen it before. Directed by Sean Matthew Whiteford. Starring Molly Cambone, Micah Cowher, Anthony D’Amato, Giuliana DePietro, Kerry Dotson, Nathan Dotson, Rachel Karashay, Cassandra King, Juda Leah, Thomas Netter, Matthew Patane, Melissa Pavlich, Louise Pillai, Henry Staats, AnnChris Warren and Sean Matthew Whiteford.


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Back to school The summer has come and gone and, all things considered, was pretty temperate by recent standards. Not too hot, not too cold. What one might call a Goldilocks summer. School is back in session and with that, parents can breathe a great sigh of relief as the big yellow buses roam our streets once again. My youngest is finally in full-day kindergarten which is a bit of a milestone for us and brought mixed emotions. With four older siblings, he is “wise guy” beyond his years and no doubt ready to take on whatever comes his way. Political season, or as some call it “silly season,” is ramping up so expect to be bombarded by flyers, lawn signs, phone calls, TV commercials and web ads from now until November. As usual, we look forward to giving both sides of each contested local race the opportunity to answer the questions that matter to local residents. I expect the local state senate race between Hyde Park’s Sue Serino and Rhinebeck’s Terry Gipson will be a fierce one. This September will mark two-and-a-half years in publication and in every issue we have worked hard to deliver the news that matters to you, along with coverage of the community and other stories. As a small local business with low overhead, we’re able to focus on our top priority: delivering the news. We send reporters to every board meeting in 5 towns, 3 villages and 3 school districts—even the planning and zoning boards—to let you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. Because your neighborhood is our neighborhood, too. I live here. Our editors and reporters live and work here and patronize local businesses. We want to know what goes on at those meetings too! We are your local paper. But we can’t do it without you. Look through these pages at the wonderful local businesses who support local journalism while getting their message out into every mailbox in the community. They deserve your business and let them know where you found them. Sincerely,

LETTERS Revolutionary War legends dot local landscapes We all know the Hudson Valley is “historic,” and that our section of Northern Dutchess saw some momentous events. But we’re not always clear on what those events were. As I’ve been researching aspects of the American Revolutionary War for my book “Band of Giants,” local historical sites have taken on greater resonance for me. Nearly every day, I pass the headquarters of General Israel Putnam in Upper Red Hook. Putnam occupied this inn while dealing with the worst crisis to affect the Mid-Hudson Valley during the Revolution. In 1777, the British broke through rebel defenses in the Hudson Highlands, sailed up the river, burned Kingston, the temporary state capital, and threatened Albany. Putnam marched five thousand men up the east side of the river to defend the countryside. The enemy incursion petered out. The British sailed back down the river after burning the Livingston estate at Clermont. Route 9 in Rhinebeck is known as Montgomery Street. But who was Richard Montgomery? He was the son of Irish gentry and served in America with the British army during the French and Indian War of the 1750s. He later emigrated to New York and married Janet Livingston. The house they lived in can still be seen at 77 Livingston St. in Rhinebeck. The 37-year-old Montgomery dutifully enlisted in the Continental Army and led the first offensive expedition of the war, the invasion of Canada. On the last day of 1775, he and his troops tried unsuccessfully to storm the walls of Quebec City. Montgomery was killed. He became the first great martyr of the war, the highest ranking officer to be killed in battle. Janet never remarried. She eventually built and settled in an estate on the river, still known as Montgomery Place. The Marquis de Lafayette, one of the richest men in France, joined the American cause

when he was only 19. He made enormous contributions to the war effort and became practically an adopted son to George Washington. When Lafayette returned to America in 1824, he was the last living major general of the Revolution. An outpouring of patriotic emotion marked the occasion, as Lafayette and his son toured every state in the union. Lafayetteville, now a tiny hamlet in Milan, dates from this period. So does LaGrange, named for Lafayette’s estate in France. Towns and counties around the state are named for Revolutionary War fighters: Greene, Putnam, Sullivan, Montgomery, Steuben. Some of these soldiers, renowned in their day, are less familiar to us now than founders like Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. But they were a fascinating, diverse lot and played a critical role in our history.

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Help is at hand for college victims of sexual violence Imagine you are a young woman attending college, away from home for the first time. All your hard work and effort to achieve a higher education is paying off, and your future is full of exciting opportunities and experiences. You expect to be challenged and have fun. What you don’t expect is to get raped. Unfortunately, rape and sexual assault are all too common an experience for college women. A new report, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” issued by the White House Council on Women and Girls, notes that one in five women experience sexual violence while in college. Women age 16 to 24 are at the greatest risk of sexual violence, most often at the hands of someone they know. Contrary to what many people think, most perpetrators of rape and sexual assault are known to the victim. The White House report cites a 2010 National Inti-

them go through this alone. Let’s all mate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey by the Centers for Disease be engaged. Let’s all express outrage. Control and Prevention that found The 24-hour crime victims/rape 41 percent of female victims are crisis hotline is 845-452-7272. Visit raped by an acquaintance and 51 our website: percent by a current or former Sharon Doane intimate partner. The report notes Sharon Doane is Family Serthat while males may also be victimized, the majority of victims are vices’ director of Forensic Services and Crime Victims Assiswomen and girls, with nearly one tance Program. in five females experiencing rape in their lifetime. The aftermath of sexual violence Keep special interests can be devastating. Victims often away from county are impacted by a range of psychological and physical problems voters throughout their lifetime. These As a long-term Dutchess can include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, sleep County resident who believes strongly that we need to have disorders, substance abuse, chronic pain, heart disease and diabetes. true representation of our local needs in Albany, I am appalled Victims of sexual violence are also that the long arm of the New more likely to contemplate or York State Republican party has attempt suicide than their nonreached our county. Their handabused peers. Many sex crimes go unreported picked candidate to run against to authorities by victims who Sen. Terry Gipson is being fear not being believed or being funded with substantial monies blamed for what happened. The from state party coffers—to the White House report states that tune of $2 million. only 12 percent of college students I ask Dutchess County resiwho were victimized report the dents to analyze why a position attack. Imagine being 18, 19 or that pays $75,000 per year 20 years old and dealing with would garner such funding from something as overwhelming and those outside of our county? traumatic as rape. Imagine havClearly, there is a reason—and ing to deal with this as a college that reason is, special interests student as you struggle to make it need votes for their own pocketthrough classes, research papers books in Albany. This is why they and finals. would fund a candidate at this The Family Services’ Crime level. Our elected leaders are the Victims Assistance Program, only ones whom we can expect to which has provided comprehensive services to victims of crime in represent the voters and taxpayDutchess County since 1992, offers ers of our mid-Hudson area. the only rape crisis center in the Don’t let outside interests and county. big corporations buy or steal this Our services are free and confi- representation from us. dential and were developed to asTerry Gipson is the people’s sist individuals and families return candidate—he is the candidate to self-sufficiency following the who has proven that his priority trauma of victimization. We offer is working hard for the worka 24-hour crime victims/rape crisis ing man and woman. He knows hotline, hospital accompaniment, advocacy and trauma therapy. We what we need: jobs with health work closely with the Department insurance, safe public schools of Health during sexual assault fo- for our children, homes with afrensic examinations at Saint Francis fordable taxes, and a future that Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medi- will keep these issues a priority, cal Center to provide emotional sup- even when it means saying “NO” to outside interests and pressure port and advocacy to victims. We are also fortunate to have from the political bosses of the several high-quality institutions of state parties. higher education in Dutchess CounJohn Scileppi ty, all of which are deeply commitHyde Park ted to student safety. We proudly partner with Marist College, among others, in strategies aimed at preventing violence against women. The young women attending college our2:Layout own daughters, sisMGRcould Lawbead 1 3/5/13 12:59 PM Page 1 ters, cousins, or neighbors. Don’t let


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Germantown, 2-0, in the final Sept. 6. In the championship round, held on a hot and muggy morning, Rhinebeck’s Lady Hawks dropped the soccer title bout 2-0 to New Paltz, while the Rhinebeck boys beat Red Hook 4-0, with two of those goals by Andy Rosenzweig. The only Rhinebeck squad to be bounced in the semifinals was the Lady Hawks field hockey squad, which fell 5-0 to Germantown. Rhinebeck also made a solid showing at the eight-team volleyball tournament under head coach Bill Doyle Sept. 6. Doyle, who has taken over from Allie Ferretti this year, has been coaching volleyball for close 40 years and coached Rhinebeck up until 2011. The Lady Hawks won the volleyball tournament title by keying a pair of straight sets wins over Germantown in the semifinal, 25-5, 25-8, and Port Jervis in the final, 25-17, 25-23. “We’ve got a lot to learn about volleyball, and the game itself— about the flow of the game,” Doyle told the Observer after

his team’s final win. “They’re doing fine. There’s a lot of stuff we need to improve on, though.” In cross-country races, FDR High’s boys team ran the board, to take first place with 24 points. Red Hook finished in second with 34, and Rhinebeck finished third of three with 82. Joel Hobson (19:08) Ethan Husted (19:09), Sam Gilbert (19:22), and Travis Kassner (19:30) all finished in the top 15 for Red Hook, and and Chris Cassano (20:33) was the only top 15 runner for Rhinebeck. The Lady Raiders won their race, and it wasn’t even close: They finished with 25, FDR came in second with 51, and Rhinebeck managed 60. Sheena Dwyer-McNulty (22:23), Mia Michaelides (22:24), Briana McCann (24:28), Alison Sagerman (25:47), Kira Bruno (25:50), Emma Patsey (25:52), Rose Palma (26:32), and Nancy Guerrino (26:51) all finished in the top 15 for the Lady Raiders, and Alexa Schwartz (23:22), Maggie Hanson (25:32), and Julia Fesser (26:00) were Rhinebeck’s top 15 finishes. Between the frenzy of almost 20 athletic competitions

and the presence of 10 invited teams from around the midHudson valley, the reason for Rhinebeck’s biggest field day was never forgotten. The tournament is held in honor of Andy Bennett, a multisport athlete and star goalie for Rhinebeck, who was killed in a car accident in 1988. Ron Keefe, who coached Rhinebeck soccer while Bennett was on the team and who led the then-Indians to a 1987 championship, remembers Bennett fondly. “What made him special for me, first of all, was his competitive spirit. It was really, really high and just washed over the rest of the team. It was like having a coach on the field, and having a kid that age like that is exceptional. You know, I did coach for 30 some-odd years, hundreds of kids, and he’s definitely in the top 10. I think the way he was as a player and as a teammate and as a kid, he was just the kind of person that you wanted in your program,” said Keefe. “Those are the memories I have of him. Great player, great kid, great teammate, very talented.”


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Clockwise from above: Red Hook senior Jessica Osterhoudt (#15) poised to strike; a corner kick delivered by Rhinebeck senior midfielder Andy Rosenzweig (#14); Rhinebeck volleyball player (#5) prepares to serve ; Rhinebeck junior Jacque Miller (#4) takes control of the ball against New Paltz. Photos by Quinn O’Callaghan / The Observer.

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