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March 2009 News (50)

NY budget may boost charges on utility bills

from today's Poughkeepsie Journal. The proposed budget would add 2% to your electric bill and 1.4% for natural gas, according to Central Hudson. "If the increase goes through, it will be on top of whatever rate increase the state Public Service Commission allows Central Hudson to charge." good grief.

other highlights:

- The state will keep 80 percent of the unclaimed deposits, which will… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 31, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Green Teen Community Gardening Program is hiring!

Summer Youth Program Educator wanted in Beacon and Poughkeepsie, NY for youth development and gardening program. Work 40 hrs/wk, some weekends and evenings. (Pay is $13.05/ hour, position is temporary- late June- late August.)

The Green Teen Community Gardening Program is a job and life-skills development program that uses farming and gardening as a tool to engage and empower at-risk youth in urban communities.

During the summer, Green Teen hires two crews of 9 teenagers,… Continue

Added by Green Teen on March 31, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

How To Protect Your PC Agaist Conficker Virus - It Activates Tomorrow!!!

In November 2008, a worm, dubbed 'Conficker' started spreading through Windows-based PCs and lurking dormant in the background. The virus is set to be activated tomorrow - no one knows how many computers are infected, but estimates are as many as a few million. The worm will allow Conficker creators to steal information from your computer, send out spam emails from it, attack other websites from it, or possible wipe out your files.

Below is a link to resources to help you find and… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 31, 2009 at 6:49am — 1 Comment

Do It Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick

I saw this article in the NYT this morning, about a new web service by Hewlett-Packard called Magcloud. The service enables hobbyists to create their own glossy color magazine for less than the price of running off copies at Staples. They're hoping to appeal to niche communities - the article says they envision "people using their PCs to develop… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 30, 2009 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

MTA fare hike. Shouldn't we be concerned?

As it stands unless Albany steps in, MTA will raise fares and this would effect anyone coming and going to Beacon via train esp. commuters.

The price would be according to one report 30 % increasing which is another 50.oo added to a monthy pass. I'm sure to some this would be a push to do more work from home or join coworkers group, but not all can do that. There are families who are struggling and can't do another 50.00.

Also I wonder if this could have an effect on people moving… Continue

Added by Dana Devine O'Malley on March 29, 2009 at 11:11pm — 20 Comments

A Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger

Check out this site & sign the petition. Let's get Pete that Nobel Prize!

Added by Yonni on March 29, 2009 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Computer Viruses Galore

I'd just like to alert everyone that there has been a recent rise in computer virus infections in the last few months. I've had two customers in the last week with infected systems...

If you have anti-virus software on your computer please remember to keep it up to date with the latest virus definitions. For those of you that do not have anti-virus software, there are some free offerings out there that you can take advantage of. One of my favorites is AVG Free which I use on my own… Continue

Added by Gary Perez on March 29, 2009 at 5:08pm — 3 Comments

Mens/Womens Softball league in Beacon?

My husband and I were part of a Brooklyn bar league league for years and would love to find or start a league here if there is any interest! No great skill needed just fun to get out and play! Does anyone know of any mens or co-ed leagues in the area?

Added by Vicki Vergolina on March 29, 2009 at 2:48pm — 5 Comments

The Howland Center Gospelfest

A dapper older gentleman with silver hair to match his necktie and a doublebreasted pinstriped blue blazer sang 'way off key in between growlingly exhorting his audience to catch the fervor. The audience ignored him in favor of their huge platefuls of delicious-looking food, served buffet-style.

Exiting the place, I wrote the last verse of a little gospel song of my own I'll finish by and by about a divorcing couple:

She stood up in court in her harlot's red blouse.

I… Continue

Added by Chuck Pompeii on March 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Last Day of pearldaddy

Well, it's come down to the last day and, even though it's still early, there have already been two people in to bring well wishes for the future. It's nice to have been part of the attempt at keeping Main Street hopping and I hope this last attempt this evening actually gets people dancing around!

Thanks to all who've been so supportive and I hope to see a lot more more of you this evening!

Added by Andrea N. (once of pearldaddy) on March 28, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

"Harriette Austin" and other spam posts

Hey all,

So I guess the BCN is all grown up - spam members/posts are becoming a little more common - two in the last week. One was a post about hgh (human growth hormone) and then yesterday "Harriette Austin" may have commented on your page about ringtones.

I'll delete these as soon as I see them but feel free to send me a message when you spot them.


Added by Kelly Kingman on March 28, 2009 at 12:36pm — 2 Comments

spring cleaning

it's time to clean those dusty windows!

Added by Robfeather on March 28, 2009 at 7:50am — No Comments

the Spring

The Spring will bring a new deck on the back of my restaurant. See you dining al fresco.


Added by marlena grzaslewicz on March 27, 2009 at 10:03pm — 4 Comments

Installing a Green Driveway

Thank goodness the weather is almost warm enough to start my list of outdoor projects this season. One of the first on the docket is installing a green driveway. I'm looking at several options - either a pervious concrete, pavers, or the plastic lattice system where grass grows right through and you can barely even tell there's anything amiss. I'm not aware of any green driveways in Beacon (except for at the Beacon Institute's new Dennings Point facility). If anyone has suggestions of a good… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 27, 2009 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Beacon Back in the NY Times

Running in today's New York Times. I like how they contrast Beacon to Hudson.

Click here to see the article.

Added by Dan Rigney on March 26, 2009 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments


As soon as we find the truck and the delivery guy, we'll be at the Beacon Farmer's Market on Sundays at the Ferry Dock!

Anne and… Continue

Added by Anne Lynch on March 26, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Beacon Makes the Cut - CNN features Beacon in HV Travel Segment

Check out this clip from It's a feature on Hudson Valley travel that includes a segment on Beacon at the end.

Click here to see the video

Added by Dan Rigney on March 26, 2009 at 6:45pm — 1 Comment

Climate Change Expert Dr. James Hansen Coming to Beacon

James Hansen is a NASA scientist, Columbia University professor, and was ranked as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2006. He's spent years studying climate change and raising awareness about global warming, and now he's coming to Beacon. Presented by the Beacon Sloop Club Environmental Education Series, the free event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00pm at the Beacon High School Auditorium.…


Added by Venessa Miemis on March 26, 2009 at 4:59pm — 2 Comments


I'm looking for an architect. Any recommendations.

Added by donna Francis on March 26, 2009 at 12:52pm — 3 Comments

How to Save Over $2,000 This Year? Plant a Garden.

How much money could you save your family by growing your own veggies? Over a 6 month period, a family in Maine went through the process of weighing the produce they grew and calculating what it would have cost had they bought it from the store. The savings were significant! Read the full article here.

Never gardened before? Don't be scared! It's a lot… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 25, 2009 at 7:16am — No Comments

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