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...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and...
Saugerties parents want new policy for opting out of tests

Saugerties parents want new policy for opting out of tests

As state testing for grades 3-8 is set to begin next month, parents returned to the Board of Education during the March meeting to speak out against state tests and the way the district handles students who opt out of testing. How Saugerties stands out...
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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Saugerties superintendent: Opting out of tests could cost money, local control

Saugerties superintendent: Opting out of tests could cost money, local control

If more parents have their children opt out of standardized testing, the Saugerties School District could face greater state control and financial difficulties, warned Superintendent Seth Turner in a letter posted to the district’s website on Monday titled “Think Test Refusal Doesn’t Harm Anything?”. Turner writes that 95 percent of students must participate in the grades...
Town wows think tank with website improvement pledge

Town wows think tank with website improvement pledge

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the town and village website will have more information soon to address an “F” grade issued by the Empire Center for Public Policy, the Albany-based think tank which took the town to task for not including information on budgets and FOIL requests, among other things. Helsmoortel described problems as “minor issues”...
Longer term for highway sup on the ballot

Longer term for highway sup on the ballot

Voters this fall will decide if the highway superintendent’s term should increase from two to four years. The Town Board unanimously passed a resolution to pose the question to voters in the biennial town election this November. This would be a better way to handle that office,” Deputy Supervisor Fred Costello said. “It gives the...
Scholarships for Saugerties students

Scholarships for Saugerties students

Monday Club scholarship The Saugerties Monday Club will award their annual $1,500 Mary E. Pidgeon Gillespy Scholarship to a college-bound graduating senior in Saugerties. Applications are available in the high school’s guidance office and must be returned to the office by Friday, April 10. The award is based on excellence of character, academic standing, financial...
Letters (March 26-April 2)

Letters (March 26-April 2)

School Board: Superintendent responded to freedom of information requests On March 24, 2015, as a result of allegations made on social media accusing Superintendent Turner of refusing to respond to FOIL requests, the Board of Education of the Saugerties Central School District reviewed the allegations. As a result of its review, the board determined, by...
What's it like to be a cop? Police to hold youth open house

What’s it like to be a cop? Police to hold youth open house

The Saugerties Police Department will hold an Explorer Post Program open house (Informational Meeting) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30 at Senior Center, 207 Market St. The program is geared toward life, career and leadership development and is open to anyone, male or female, between the ages of 14–21 who wants to explore what...
Fire companies need expensive new pagers

Fire companies need expensive new pagers

With technological progress comes the cost of keeping up. For Saugerties fire companies, that will mean thousands of dollars for new pagers. Ulster County’s Emergency Dispatch system will be changing the radio frequencies it uses to alert fire departments beginning May 1, 2016, which will render pagers using the old system useless. Steven Peterson, director...
Modest increase in village budget

Modest increase in village budget

The draft 2015-16 village budget calls for $21,000 in additional spending and would raise the tax rate by four cents per $1,000. The budget, introduced at the March 16 Village Board meeting, includes $2,286,029 in spending from the general fund. The tax rate would increase from $6.32 to $6.36 per $1,000 assessed value. A public...
Saugerties group to hold forum on school funding, testing

Saugerties group to hold forum on school funding, testing

“If you talk about education today in most communities, it’s all about taxes,” says Jennifer Mangione. “A lot of people are upset about paying school taxes, but do they realize how much money our schools have lost in state aid to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)? And how Gov. Cuomo is tying school aid to his...
Saugerties to hold social media safety event

Saugerties to hold social media safety event

The Saugerties Central School District will host a parent education night on youth social media safety on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Saugerties High School auditorium. The event will feature professional speaker and “edu-tainer” Robert Hackenson, Jr., who will discuss cyberbullying, social media addiction, the risks of social media and the pros...
Saugerties police chief uses Narcan to save Ulster Ave. overdose

Saugerties police chief uses Narcan to save Ulster Ave. overdose

Saugerties police responded to a 911 call for an overdose at 20 Ulster Ave. at 5:10 p.m. today, March 20. Police found the victim, a 24-year-old woman, on the second floor, unconscious and cyanotic (bluish skin due to oxygen deprivation). Police Chief Joseph Sinagra administered Narcan, which reverses the effects of opiate use, to the victim...
Letters (March 19-26)

Letters (March 19-26)

Take advantage of NYC talent At nearly 50 years of age Henry Barclay in 1825 brought with him to Saugerties a lifetime of accomplishment. Our history has been influenced by the mature talents of those that have settled in this community ever since. Historically, Saugerties has always owed its success to experience honed in the...
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