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December 2009 News (23)

HANDBOOK 2010 and Beyond, Sent by Moe Seager Paris: Re-Edited by "Christopher Dean Sullivan"


1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..

4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

5. "Make time to pray, chant, meditate or just sit in silence for as long as you feel"…

6. Play more games

7. "Read more… Continue

Added by Christopher Dean Sullivan on December 31, 2009 at 5:24am — 2 Comments

Bannerman's Tragedy

This is the news story from the Mid Hudson News. As a person who has had the privilege to visit Bannerman's by kayak and tour the facility it is sad. As a resident of the Hudson Valley it is a true tragedy. The island is chronically underfunded and now we have lost a MAJOR Hudson Valley treasure.

BANNERMAN’S ISLAND – The entire southeast corner of Bannerman’s Castle came down taking with it about 30 percent to 40 percent of the front wall staircase and over 50 percent of… Continue

Added by Ray Fusco on December 29, 2009 at 4:39pm — 8 Comments

Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts - $750 Fund Challenge for the River Beacons Mural Project

The Beacon Arts Community Association and the Beacon Sloop Club announce a $750 Fund Challenge from the Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts to help the Beacon Sloop Club raise the remaining $1500 needed to complete payment for the River Beacons Mural Project.

Beacon Sloop Club's River Beacons Mural celebrates Beacon's river town heritage and lifestyle, the wooden sloop Woody Guthrie's 30th anniversary, and the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The painting, 15 feet… Continue

Added by Dan Rigney on December 27, 2009 at 8:46am — No Comments

Beacon Real Estate Report: November 2009

cross-posted from

Here’s a quick snapshot of all the properties sold in Beacon in November 2009.

This info is also available in Google Maps: View… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on December 26, 2009 at 8:09am — 7 Comments


Through all that has Past, the Reflection of Such is the Placement of that which Enlightens the Future with the illumination of Accepting the Present without Judgment nor Ridicule. As We move Forward towards Our Mission of Peace and Understanding, I Am Thankful for the Previous of You, for this Solidifies the Actual of I Throughout.


Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity Success… Continue

Added by Christopher Dean Sullivan on December 26, 2009 at 3:52am — 1 Comment

City Passes Budget...

One Monday December 21 the Beacon City Council passed the 2010 budget which included a 9.9% increase from 2009 for homestead properties and a 2.4% increase for non-homestead. The tax levy will be 7,581,203. The homestead tax rate will be 5.83 per 1,000 of assessed value. That translates into a home valued at 300,000 will pay $1,748, an increase over last year of $159 or $13 a month. The reason for the increase is attributed to the extreme reduction of sales tax related revenue and the city’s… Continue

Added by Steve Gold on December 24, 2009 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

UPDATE about Marc Bookal I found on line tonight

"I'd like to provide you all with an update on Marc Anthony Bookal.

He is still missing as of this evening (12/23/09). It's a very bad situation for the family. He has three siblings who are having trouble with all of this. His mother, Christina, is also taking it quite badly. I was with her last evening to discuss her family's needs. She's far to upset to continue working which has posed significant hardship on the family. She is a very sweet girl who has worked for the same nursing… Continue

Added by barbara capalbo on December 24, 2009 at 12:22am — No Comments

Notes from Beacon’s Budget Town Hall Meeting.

Notes from Beacon’s Budget Town Hall Meeting.

December 16, 2009

So many of Beacon’s paid employees go that extra mile for Beacon, as was mentioned by the union rep. last Thursday at the town hall meeting on Beacon’s 2010 budget.

What also needs to be mentioned is that many Beacon residents help, support, and volunteer their time, energy and money within the community from the Spirit of Beacon group and Garden Club to Beacon’s amazing fire Department.

With… Continue

Added by Naomi Canaan on December 16, 2009 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Winter Jazzercise session to begin after the holidays

City of Beacon Recreation
Jazzercise with Dawn Piciacchio and Danielle Smith

Jazzercise Session: January 5 through March 26, 2010
City of Beacon Residents
3 classes per week $90.00
2 classes per week $72.00
3 classes per week $116.50
2 classes per week $88.00

Registration forms available the first week of class and online at
Info at: 845-838-5024 &

Added by Mark Price on December 14, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Budget Update

On Monday December 21, 2009 at 7:00 the City Council will vote on the most difficult budget the city has faced in recent memories. Despite the fact that expenses have been reduced to below 2009 levels, we are facing an increase in taxes beyond any that the council or I want to levy. The heart of the problem stems from a combined loss of nearly two million dollars in 2009 and 2010 of sales tax related revenues.

Over the last few weeks, with the assistance of City Administrator… Continue

Added by Steve Gold on December 13, 2009 at 11:52pm — 6 Comments

Budget Meeting in Beacon December 10th 7P.M. Municipal Building

The 2010 and forecasted 2011 budgets loom over Beaconites with unprecedented shortfalls in revenues. This fathomless dive into the red has a greater critical effect on Beacon due to the fact that Beacon is a small municipality.

The most advantageous population size for a small town or city is between 24,000 and 27,000. A city of 27,000 people, with its accompanying businesses, is capable of making the most of its revenues (taxes etc) in the most cost effective manner. In other words… Continue

Added by Naomi Canaan on December 10, 2009 at 1:13pm — 4 Comments

Holiday Party Preview: 100% Local Photography, Live Music and DJs

Silent Auction Preview from Kelly Kingman on Vimeo.

Come enjoy local food, photography and performance!

Above is a just a sampling of the images that will be featured in the silent auction to benefit Fovea Exhibitions. While you're sipping mulled wine and cider at the BEAHIVE+BCN… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on December 9, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Best News! Social Scientists Build Case for "Survival of the Kindest"

Social Scientists Build Case for 'Survival of the Kindest'

Social scientists are amassing a growing body of evidence to show we are evolving to become more compassionate and collaborative in our quest to survive and thrive.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2009) — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are challenging long-held beliefs that human beings are wired to be selfish. In a wide range of studies, social scientists are amassing a growing… Continue

Added by barbara capalbo on December 9, 2009 at 2:16pm — No Comments

PreNatal Yoga classes begin January 8

We are beginning an 8 week prenatal yoga series January 6 at Shambhala Yoga Center. If you are interested, please contact Carrie Ward Kelly at Specifics:

Prenatal Yoga

Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm

8-week class series

January 6 - February 24

$88 for the session

Each class includes gentle postures, breath work, visualization, vocal toning, and meditation. No previous

yoga experience necessary.

With yoga, breathwork, and… Continue

Added by Carrie Ward Kelly on December 9, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

Man held in stabbing; police look for 2 more

I just read this in the Poughkeepsie paper. I find this very interesting that there are some people in the city government that say we do not have a gang problem. However Beacon Police charged this guy with first-degree gang assault, the pd is undermanned and they want to NOW close down a part of the fire department

DANG WHAT A CONCEPT just to save a $__________ (i am not sure of the price tag on safety here) and keep people safe....... i feel safer… Continue

Added by RAY CLARY on December 8, 2009 at 8:43am — 7 Comments

Randolph School Open House 12/9 - This Wednesday!

The child who loves to learn, lives to learn...

The Randolph School has openings for 2010-2011 in Pre-K through 8th grade, and a few openings in K-6th grade for the current year.

Come to an OPEN HOUSE to find out about a small progressive school just up the road, one that celebrates children and helps them become life-long learners.

Wednesday, December 9, 5:30-7pm

Please RSVP to 297-5600 or if you…

Added by Randolph School on December 6, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Thursday: Special T.O.D. Meeting with City Council, MTA

I apologize if details are sketchy, but it's come to my attention that a special T.O.D. meeting open to the public will be held this Thursday, December 10th at 5:30pm, presumably somewhere in the Municipal Building.

I understand that the meeting is to address the concerns of a group called "Beacon Deserves Better."

This is the first I've heard of that group, if anyone can shed some light on any details of this meeting it would be appreciated by all, I'm sure.

Added by Kelly Kingman on December 5, 2009 at 10:43pm — 11 Comments

Dear Neighboring Property Owners:

copy of the letter sent to me and wanted some feed back..... THANKS IN ADVANCE

From the City of Beacon


Applicant: Hector Cordero

Address: 41 Eliza Street

Tax Grid No.: 30-6054-29-019685-00

Zoning Classification: R1-5

Dear Neighboring Property Owners:

Hector Cordero, 41 Eliza Street has applied to the Zoning Board of Appeals for relief from the following: Section 223-24.1 (D) to… Continue

Added by RAY CLARY on December 4, 2009 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

ARTIST HELP NETWORK (lists grants & funding opportunities plus much more) ARTHOME info

Welcome to the Artist Help Network, which is based on the Appendix of Resources of Caroll Michels' book How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (New York: Henry Holt & Company). Michels is a career coach and artist-advocate (

The Artist Help Network… Continue

Added by barbara capalbo on December 2, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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