Village may merge planning, historic boards

Village may merge planning, historic boards

The Saugerties Village Board is considering combining the village planning and historic review boards to speed up the application process for projects, but past and present Review Board members say the real motivation is to get the board out of the way. All new construction...
Pining away

Pining away

Some years ago, I started what might be called a cottage industry. I made pinecone wreaths and sold them by the dozen to local florists and places like Adams. It was my answer to the then-popular Christmas Club Check. This came about with the advent...
Saugerties School Board gives state an F

Saugerties School Board gives state an F

School Board trustees and administrators spoke out against the New York State Education Department at the October board meeting, accusing it of being unfair and negligent in the application of standardized testing and teacher evaluation. Superintendent Seth Turner, who recently heard Commissioner John King speak...
JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

It all began with a JV football player’s wish to honor the memory of his favorite aunt, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. Soon, the whole team and cheerleading squad joined in. Vinny Incorvaia’s aunt, Joylynn Dalton Richman, died at the age of 53. “They...
A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

Friday night doesn’t start off well. As I’m driving through town, a man in baggy cargo shorts and a hoodie almost steps directly in front of my car. Cars seem to be gunning for me, including one giant’s pickup truck which barely misses me as...
Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Town officials say they’re still working on drafting a noise ordinance, but admit they’d hoped the neighborhood dispute that brought the issue to the fore this summer would have resolved itself by now. At the Town Board’s Oct. 1 meeting, Cherry Ln. resident Warren Ferine...
You are what you eat

You are what you eat

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates among children and adolescents have tripled over the last two decades. The federal agency says 17 percent of American children are obese. Locally it’s worse — 27.7 percent in Poughkeepsie, 24.7 percent in Kingston and 22.5...
Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change? A lot of residents of Saugerties, judging from the turnout for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. A special bus from Saugerties carried a couple of dozen to New York, and at least that...
Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Red Cross presenter Rebecca Lee did not elaborate on what “space weather” is or why it poses an immediate danger to New York State residents, which is a shame because it sounds like the kind of thing that could wipe Saugerties or most of the...
Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

The lazy days of summer are over. Saugerties students are once again waking up bright and early to make it to class. For middle and high school students, that means 7:45 a.m. But a growing body of research suggests school districts should consider letting students...
Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Recently, one of our volunteer tour guides, Laurie Rankin, suggested we dredge up some stories about local shipwrecks to illustrate the hazards of river travel and the importance of lighthouses as aids to navigation. Naturally, we turned to the local experts on the topic, Jim...
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New Year's Ball Drop set for Saugerties

New Year’s Ball Drop set for Saugerties

While the Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce is still meeting to work out all the details of the event, the start of 2015 will be marked by a ball drop at Reis Parking Lot at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The village decided to set up the event after noticing Kingston had stolen its normal...
Is homework worthwhile?

Is homework worthwhile?

Generations of students have had not-so-nice things to say about the homework that keeps them at the kitchen table when they’d rather be out running and playing with friends. Perhaps, according to some recent science, they were on to something. A number of studies have found that homework, particularly at the elementary level, does not...
Letters (Oct. 23-30)

Letters (Oct. 23-30)

A chilling effect Your story about warrant checks needed for entry into Ulster County’s Department of Social Services building ends by quoting Sheriff VanBlarcum (who I usually strongly support): “You shouldn’t be driving up to DSS for services when your license has been revoked,” said the sheriff. “This is either going to stop you from...
Grist Mill celebrates 40 years in Saugerties

Grist Mill celebrates 40 years in Saugerties

Grist Mill Real Estate celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 15 with an open house at its recently remodeled Main St. office. Artwork by Nancy Campbell and Angela Gaffney-Smith adorned the freshly painted walls, with pressed-tin ceilings above and fresh carpeting below. “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the community,”...
Zombie Crawl a modest success

Zombie Crawl a modest success

  The fifth annual zombie crawl was smaller than years past, but a success nonetheless, according to organizers. “I’m glad how it went,” organizer Robert Titus said after the Oct. 18 crawl. “It was a tremendous time,” said police Chief Joseph Sinagra, who had expressed concern prior to the event, which was organized quickly by...
Only debate in governor race tonight

Only debate in governor race tonight

Four candidates for governor of New York will debate in Buffalo tonight at 8 p.m. They are: incumbent Andrew Cuomo (Democrat), Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (Republican), Syracuse activist Howie Hawkins (Green Party) and Michael McDermott (Libertarian) of Long Island. Cuomo is the favorite. According to a poll released today, he leads Astorino among likely voters...
Ulster deputies running warrant checks at social services

Ulster deputies running warrant checks at social services

Visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services offices will have to show identification and undergo a check for active arrest warrants under a new policy put in place by department officials and the Ulster County sheriff. The policy, which covers all DSS visitors, including clients, their family members and caseworkers from outside agencies, went...
Saugerties budget carries 1.3 percent tax hike

Saugerties budget carries 1.3 percent tax hike

With budget season upon us, Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel is confident town tax increases will come in well below the two percent property tax cap. A public hearing on the draft budget will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Market St. Proposed expenditures for 2015 come in at $11,777,941,...
History Day at Kiersted House

History Day at Kiersted House

Photos by David Gordon   A rainy morning didn’t stop the planned celebration of local history Saturday, Oct. 11, but it did slow it down. The usual demonstrations of Native American and colonial life that generally fill the lawn were reduced to just two. Stuart Lehman, dressed in period garb, showed his collection of antique...
Village to install new 'smart' water meters

Village to install new ‘smart’ water meters

New lead-free water meters which can be read remotely will be installed in more than 1,400 village residences and commercial buildings beginning in November. The installation follows the recommendations of a private company, Johnson Controls, which audited village infrastructure last year and suggested it replace water meters and make energy efficiency improvements to village buildings...
Letters (October 16-23)

Letters (October 16-23)

Eldridge needs to pay his dues What do Sean Eldridge-D and Maurice Hinchey-D have in common other than the “D” after their name? Actually they have very little in common. Mr. Hinchey, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, worked as a laborer in a cement plant before working his way through college as a toll...
Zombie Crawl tonight

Zombie Crawl tonight

Bars and restaurants in the village of Saugerties are gearing up for this year’s zombie crawl, slated for Saturday, Oct. 18 from 6–10 p.m. Mirabella’s will have a band that night and Halloween and zombie-themed food. Most activities will be on Main St., which will be closed to traffic during the event. They include: face-painting...