Do widespread opt-outs signal the death knell of Common Core?

Do widespread opt-outs signal the death knell of Common Core?

Last week, huge numbers of students opted out of state-mandated Common Core English tests. Local numbers include 61 percent in Onteora, 62 percent in New Paltz and 43 percent in Kingston. Saugerties has not released its opt-out totals. Statewide numbers were similar. The mass opt-outs...
Geology of Saugerties

Geology of Saugerties

Saugerties is a town divided into two halves by one mountain. That’s Mt. Marion, and it runs, north to south, right down the middle of the town. East of Mt. Marion is the most densely populated part of town. This part of Saugerties once lay...
Saugerties students who refuse tests get packets

Saugerties students who refuse tests get packets

Saugerties students who opted out of the grades 3–8 standardized tests this week were treated with something else to do: more schoolwork. The district has been criticized for requiring students who opt out to remain in the classroom with the test booklet on the desk in...
Bethel, former Sawyer standout wrestler, has dominant rookie year at college

Bethel, former Sawyer standout wrestler, has dominant rookie year at college

The last year and a half has been quite a ride for wrestler James Bethel. During that time, he has traveled to numerous states, took third place in the New York State high school wrestling finals, become nationally ranked in Greco and Freestyle wrestling, and...
More students expected to opt out of next week's standardized tests

More students expected to opt out of next week’s standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee...
Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Binoculars are standard gear for birdwatchers and ship-spotters. They are worth their weight on a hike, especially to the Lighthouse where there is plenty to see, and especially during the spring thaw when so much is happening along the river corridor. With a bit of...
Saugerties Youth Awards

Saugerties Youth Awards

The Town Board honored five Saugerties Community Youth Awards recipients at its recent meeting. Under the slogan, “You’ve been caught,” The Saugerties Youth Awards recognize youth who are caught making good choices and doing good deeds. The goal is to reinforce positive behavior and promote...
80-unit apartment complex proposed for Glasco

80-unit apartment complex proposed for Glasco

In its first incarnation, the multiple-family housing development proposed for Rt. 32 in Glasco consisted of townhouse units to be occupied by the owners. Developers then proposed rent-subsidized apartments, and the project was called Dickinson’s Keep. Large protests from those opposed to affordable housing, along...
Heroines of the Hudson

Heroines of the Hudson

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is a fitting occasion to call attention to the achievements of women lighthouse keepers, especially those overlooked by history. Women keepers in the 19th century were remarkable for many reasons. Foremost, they...
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Zombie Crawl scheduled

Zombie Crawl scheduled

Organizers of this year’s Zombie Crawl are getting an early start. Ted Titus and Charles Potter were granted the blessing of village trustees at the April 20 meeting. The sixth annual Zombie Crawl is scheduled for Oct. 17. This year’s event — “We’re off to see the zombies” — will have a “Wizard of Oz”...
Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

With about 90 water meters left to install in village homes and businesses, trustees at their April 20 meeting agreed to a $25 quarterly charge for those who have not set up appointments to have the new meters installed. Mayor William Murphy and Water Department Superintendent Mike Hopf previously said customers who didn’t get new...
Mt. Marion Fire Department open house

Mt. Marion Fire Department open house

The Mt. Marion Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday, April 25 from 12-3 p.m. at the fire house at 766 Kings Hwy. Drop in and find out what the firefighters do and what it takes to become a firefighter or fire police. The department is always looking for volunteers. Those who want to...
Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

After 17 years as the superintendent of the Village of Saugerties Department of Public Works, there isn’t a road, street, lane, circle, pothole or storm drain in all the village Robert Ciarlante doesn’t know. And now, after those 17 years, on June 1 he will be calling it a career. “At 69, I think it’s...
Morse Rocks Festival set for June

Morse Rocks Festival set for June

In a sports community like Saugerties, there are plenty of chances for the athletically gifted to shine, but fewer for the artistic. Morse Elementary School teacher Joe Defino established the Morse Rocks festival for the latter. Now in its third year, the festival brings national and local talent to the stage. At present, there are...
Trustee: Opt-out comments have been misquoted on social media

Trustee: Opt-out comments have been misquoted on social media

Since everything I learned I did not learn on Facebook hence my lack of use or need for such social media sites — I did learn from some excellent educators as I continue to challenge an educate myself today — a few excellent skills amazingly include objective listening, reiterate a conversation accurately, conducting my own...
Letters (April 16-23)

Letters (April 16-23)

Saugerties should oppose pipeline The Pilgrim Pipeline is a bi-directional 178-mile pipeline proposed to be constructed from Albany, down the New York State Thruway corridor to Linden, NJ. Volatile Bakken crude would move south from Albany through Saugerties, Kingston, and all the other towns adjacent to 87. And gasoline or heating oil would be transported...
Sawyer Legends: Jeff Dodig

Sawyer Legends: Jeff Dodig

Jeff Dodig, 2015 Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame inductee, has lived and breathed baseball since he was a young kid who went out on the diamond to play ball with his cousins. While Dodig also played basketball during his years at Saugerties High School, baseball has always been his passion. He went on to play...
Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

“It looks like we’re going to have to do more fundraising,” said George Terpening, village parks, buildings and grounds superintendent. The subject was the replacement of much of the equipment at village playgrounds, which has been deemed unsafe by the village’s insurance company. The town is facing the same issue with its Small World playground...
Teachers responsible for test opt-outs, says Saugerties School Board trustee

Teachers responsible for test opt-outs, says Saugerties School Board trustee

Saying it baffled her that parents are questioning testing, Trustee Angie Minew accused teachers’ unions of driving the increase in opt-outs of standardized tests, now in progress across the state. At the April 14 meeting of the Saugerties Board of Education, she said “the teachers’ unions are encouraging civil disobedience and shamelessly using children to...
SHS Senior Play: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

SHS Senior Play: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Photos courtesy of Kelsey Gaulin   To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Robin Williams speaks these lines as inspiring English teacher John Keating in the film “Dead...
Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Mayor William Murphy and trustees Patrick Landewe and Jeannine Mayer were administered the oath of office at the village’s April 6 meeting. Trustee Brian Martin, who was also re-elected, was not at the meeting. In a short comment made after taking the oath of office, Murphy said his main goal for this year is to...