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November 2008 News (16)

Revolutionary spirit: Beacons to be lit to mark anniversary of British departure

Spotlights replacing fires used to signal during the Revolution

By Michael Daigle, Daily Record

On Tuesday, just as dusk settles, a dozen hilltops covering 108 miles from Beacon, N.Y., to Princeton will be illuminated with bright spotlights to mark the day 225 years ago when the last British troops boarded ships in New York harbor and sailed away, leaving behind a free… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 24, 2008 at 9:22am — No Comments

In Praise of Rick Price

I just feel compelled to voice how much i admire Rick Price as an artist, a community member, a person. I am not an "artist", but I find his work to be beautiful, compelling, and deeply meaningful. I eagerly await the arrival of his newest mural. Having heard descriptions of the piece, and the meaning behind it, and having seen sketches, I know that it will be a gorgeous representation of Rick's work, and of the intricate and special community that is the Hudson Valley. Cheers, Rick.

Added by Anne Dailey on November 20, 2008 at 4:40pm — 9 Comments

Don't Hang Around on Our Account, W

Right after the election, Our Worst President Ever appeared on TV to say he and Laura were looking forward to showing the Obamas the White House. After he made his statement, the camera remained on him as he turned and walked away. For a brief moment, the sag of his shoulders and the absence of anyone else in the picture made me feel sorry for him. But what a very brief moment!

In any event, I have composed and recorded a little song that attempts to express some small part of my… Continue

Added by Chuck Pompeii on November 19, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Green Teen program needs your help

Below is an urgent message from Helanna Bratman of the Green Teen Community Gardening program regarding deep cuts to the funding of the program. You can help try to change the minds of those in charge of the pursestrings just by sending an e-mail or making a phone call. The Green Teen program will be beginning its fourth year with our farm--engaging Beacon teens in all aspects of the farm--this year we hope to further enrich our partnership by bringing them on ad co-educators for our youngest… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 15, 2008 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Curbside Recycling

I don't know if this is widely known, but Royal Carting now takes plastic recyclables #1-#5, not just #1 and #2 as detailed on the city's website.

Added by Christopher Albert on November 13, 2008 at 8:51am — 5 Comments

Quadricentennial Mural For Beacon Main Street Nears Completion – Viewing on Saturday, Nov. 15

Quadricentennial Mural For Beacon Main Street Nears Completion – Viewing on Saturday, Nov. 15

Beacon, NY -- Award winning muralist Rick Price will host a public viewing of his new “River Beacons” mural-in-progress at his studio in the Old High School in Beacon, at the corner of Verplanck and Fishkill Avenues, on Saturday Nov. 15, 4pm-5:30pm. The mural is sponsored by the Beacon Sloop Club and is scheduled to be on display at the corner of Cross and Main Street from March 2009 as one… Continue

Added by Rick Price on November 10, 2008 at 8:15pm — 6 Comments

Bicycle Safety in Beacon

Hi all! My name is Tom Cerchiara (Tom Church for short) and I am the owner of Beacon Cycles @ 178 Main St.

In the short while I have been open I have had 3 bicycles brought to me by people who where hit by cars in Beacon and I know of a few more people who have been hit. This includes one of the local kids who was hit on Main Street last week (although I am pretty sure he was jumping off the curb at night without looking...).

I have been speaking with Mark at Iron Fish… Continue

Added by Tom Church on November 10, 2008 at 9:35am — 14 Comments

Although painted, not in any sense a painting!

Not a week after the end of the presidential campaign, I'd have imagined myself pretty well inured to bullshit. Our first visit to Dia:Beacon, though, made me realize that no such thing was the case. As Claire and I walked around, considering the work of artists who, for the most part, lack perceptible skill, wit, or imagination, but who are absolutely bloated with audacity and pretentiousness, we found ourselves marveling ever more slack-jawedly at the laminated pages of curator commentary… Continue

Added by Chuck Pompeii on November 9, 2008 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Knitting Materials Needed

According to the Beacon Free Press, the Beacon Community Center needs donations of needles and yarn for the afterschool knitting and finger-knitting program.

You can drop materials at the center or contact Shelley Tween at 845-831-5518

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 8, 2008 at 7:18pm — No Comments

The threatened Egyptian cuisine at the River Terrace

Friends who were forcibly expelled from the CIA's short-lived Cuisine of the Third World program tell me that the RT's menu is likely to come to include bamya, kofta, basbusa, swarma, or kishk. I, for one, believe Beacon needs some good kishk, but not as much as the River Terrace needs a new sign. The present one is no less offensive in its own way (it's hideous!) than were McCain Palin lawn signs, and very much more enduring. Max on Main's branding could use some work too, if you ask me, and… Continue

Added by Chuck Pompeii on November 5, 2008 at 1:52pm — 2 Comments

Hall 'rehired' for another term

John Hall of Dover, incumbent Democratic representative for the 19th Congressional District, celebrates with Dutchess County Democrats Tuesday at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. (Karl Rabe photos/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Check other election results for Dutchess County… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 5, 2008 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Nearly Finished: the new BIRE Headquarters

Here is a look at the beautiful new offices of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries — partially reclaimed from the old Dennings Point Brick Works.

The new building: half old, half new.

DPBW = Dennings Point Brick Works - reclaimed bricks are sprinkled around the other pavers surrounding the building.…


Added by Kelly Kingman on November 4, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Sample Ballot and other election info

Not sure where your polling place is? Go here.

Need other info? Go here.

Here is a sample ballot for a Beacon Resident:

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 3, 2008 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Beacon woman coaches young writers

By Anthony P. Musso

For the Poughkeepsie Journal

BEACON - Beacon resident Susan Ruckdeschel's lifetime passion for writing resulted in a program that bolsters the enthusiasm for creative writing as well as enhances the ability to effectively interact with peers.

A teacher, national educational consultant and author, Ruckdeschel conducts writing workshops for students at the Howland Public Library in… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 3, 2008 at 11:57am — No Comments

Stewart Airport: U.S. Airways adds 4th flight to Philly

By Michael Randall

Times Herald-Record

November 01, 2008 6:00 AM

STEWART AIRPORT — Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward on Friday called the past year "one that's taken the starch out of us."

Spiraling gas prices and a troubled economy have battered the airline industry. Locally, those problems began affecting Stewart International Airport about six months after the authority took it over.

But Ward assured an Orange County Chamber of Commerce… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on November 3, 2008 at 9:33am — No Comments

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