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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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...
Animal shelter fundraiser Saturday

Animal shelter fundraiser Saturday

Photos by David Gordon   The Saugerties Animal Shelter yard and bake sale set for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, will feature tools, household goods, lots of books, toys and some clothes, said shelter manager Marie Post. The sale also includes baked goods provided by a group of women who volunteer for the fundraiser. Many...
Woodstock Film Fest at the Orpheum in Saugerties

Woodstock Film Fest at the Orpheum in Saugerties

As in years past, the Orpheum Theater on Main St. in Saugerties will be showing numerous films this weekend. See the film fest’s website for info about each and schedule for other venues. In the photo above, members of the Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce joined Meira Blaustein of the Woodstock Film Festival at the Saugerties...
Meet & Greet: Peg Nau

Meet & Greet: Peg Nau

It would be hard to find a more authentic Saugertiesian than Peg Nau. She was born at Bonesteel’s Sanatorium on Main St. and lived on Clermont St. during her early years. Her father bought the back end of the property occupied by Bonesteel’s on Division St. where Peg lived out her girlhood literally on the...