Saugerties police identify body found in Dragon Inn, call on village to shutter building

Saugerties police identify body found in Dragon Inn, call on village to shutter building

Saugerties police chief Joe Sinagra said that he’d asked village officials to take action to address a long-vacant building where a man was found dead this week. Brian Chapman Velie, 58, was found dead on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the basement of the former Dragon...
Win-Win for Saugerties boys hoops

Win-Win for Saugerties boys hoops

The Sawyers boys basketball team improved its record to 11-4 with a 75-59 win over Washingtonville on Jan. 29, and a 56-53 win over Our Lady of Lourdes in the Coaches vs. Cancer Game on Jan. 31. Stats for the Sunday game were not available....
Economic stress shutters Barclay Heights McDonald’s

Economic stress shutters Barclay Heights McDonald’s

For some, the closing last weekend of the McDonald’s on Route 9W in Barclay Heights is one less place to grab a quick meal. For others, it’s the end of an era. The family-friendly McDonald’s location with the indoor children’s Playland, reportedly the first area...
Saugerties Holiday Inn subdivision approved

Saugerties Holiday Inn subdivision approved

A proposed hotel behind the Sunoco station on Route 32 came one step closer to reality as the town planning board of Saugerties approved a subdivision of a ten-acre hotel property from the 561-acre Winston Farm following a public hearing. The approval does not include the...
Keeper's Log: Blame it on the tides

Keeper’s Log: Blame it on the tides

The start of another calendar year: time to print a fresh edition of the annual tide table. Inevitably its stapled pages will become tattered and dog-eared from daily use. The Saugerties Lighthouse keepers, like sailors and fishermen, live by the tides. As part of my...
Rotron leaving Saugerties

Rotron leaving Saugerties

Ametek Rotron, once one of Saugerties’ biggest blue-collar employers, will be shuttering its North Street plant in June. Its 19 remaining employees were informed of the corporate decision last week. The Rotron operation in Woodstock will not be affected by the shutdown, according to a...
Struzzieri seeks to restore Lynch's Marina to former glory

Struzzieri seeks to restore Lynch’s Marina to former glory

Calling it one of the great underutilized places in the Village of Saugerties, Tom Struzzieri said he’s looking forward to developing Lynch’s Marina into a commercial center that will give residents and visitors a chance to experience the Esopus Creek and Hudson River in a...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

The Village Addition streets When the village incorporated in 1831, its borders were set to geographic landmarks where the Sawyerkill meets Malden Ave., the Tannery Brook meets the turnpike, and the road to the ford crossed the Esopus near the village line and Esopus Bend....
Saugerties year in review

Saugerties year in review

  Some of the major Saugerties stories of 2015 Library turns 100 Throughout 2015, the Saugerties Public Library marked its 1915 founding. It was built as one of more than 2,500 libraries funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, a self-made Scottish immigrant who appreciated the potential...
Saugerties police chief decides to adopt body cameras for 2016

Saugerties police chief decides to adopt body cameras for 2016

The police department’s boots-on-the-ground beta testing of body cameras is over. The department is set to become Ulster County’s second police agency to use the cameras early next year (Ellenville was the first). Police Chief Joe Sinagra announced his intention to begin using body cams...
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No charges for driver in Saugerties crash that killed four

No charges for driver in Saugerties crash that killed four

An Ulster County grand jury has declined to file criminal charges against the young woman who was at the wheel of an accident in Saugerties that took the lives of four Kingston friends last August. Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said in a statement Wednesday that the grand jury found no evidence that 20-year-old...
Keeper's Log: Ominous ice

Keeper’s Log: Ominous ice

On Tuesday evening, January 26th, I returned home to find the dock at a precarious angle with large chunks of ice wedged underneath. My wife Anna described what happened: an incoming tide and southerly wind pushed drifting ice from the Hudson River into the mouth of the Esopus Creek. The ice floes halted momentarily, but...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part IV

How Saugerties streets got their names, part IV

Different phases of development in the village can be seen in the feel of the architecture, in the varying lot sizes, and in the width of the streets and amount of lawn and sidewalk. These trends allows differentation in the flavor of individual neighborhoods. Land that Henry Barclay owned from his Livingston purchases that had...
Saugerties Police investigating dead body at Dragon Inn

Saugerties Police investigating dead body at Dragon Inn

Saugerties Police are investigating the death of a 58-year-old man who was discovered in the basement of the Dragon Inn, the 19th-century mansion also known as Clovelea. Chief Joseph Sinagra said police went to the Dragon Inn after receiving a call from a friend of the man who reported that he had not seen him...
Woman fires assault rifle during domestic dispute in Saugerties

Woman fires assault rifle during domestic dispute in Saugerties

Police arrested Marisa L. Scarrone, 33, of Queens, Sunday, Feb. 7 and charged her with reckless endangerment in the first degree after she allegedly fired an AR-15 inside a home on Spaulding Ln. during an argument with her boyfriend. Police, responding to an 11:22 p.m. 911 call, found several bullet holes in the couch and...
Outdoors: Birdfeeders on my deck

Outdoors: Birdfeeders on my deck

I have what might be called a surfeit of birdfeeders on my back deck. It started simply enough with just one, but seeing the pecking order of birds, which determines who eats first, or most, I decided to give them a larger selection. Hoping that with a buffet to choose from, and plenty to go around,...
The Shift: Resist the Pilgrim Pipeline

The Shift: Resist the Pilgrim Pipeline

I’m beginning to remember with fondness the good old days, only a few years ago, when we were worried we’d run out of oil. The Transition Town Initiative movement spread around the globe, telling us how to prepare ourselves to live well without what oil makes possible (pretty much our entire industrial civilization). Some of...
Saugerties police warn of treasury phone scam

Saugerties police warn of treasury phone scam

The Saugerties Police Department is warning the public about a telephone scam. Local residents have reported receiving phone calls from a person claiming to be an agent with the U.S. Treasury Department. The caller advises the person that they owe money to the Treasury Department and attempts to elicit personal information. In most cases the...
The Eagle's View: Where are the Dems?

The Eagle’s View: Where are the Dems?

Local candidates running on the Democratic line last November had a number of successes. Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel, the Democratic candidate aided by being cross-endorsed by Republicans and the Independence line, easily beat Conservative candidate Gaetana Ciarlante, outdistancing her 67% to 33%. In the Town Council race, Fred Costello too had the Republican cross-endorsement, while he...
Len Bouren joins Saugerties Planning Board

Len Bouren joins Saugerties Planning Board

Newly appointed member Len Bouren attended his first board meeting of the town planning board last week. He is taking over for Dan Weeks, whose term expired this year. Bouren is retired from the New York Department of Conservation, where he worked in construction and maintenance for 36 years before retiring. He was based in...
Construction on 80-unit apartment complex in Saugerties could begin in spring

Construction on 80-unit apartment complex in Saugerties could begin in spring

  Work on a new 80-unit apartment complex in Glasco, given final approval last month by the town planning board, could begin this spring, said Kingston-based developer Paul Page. “It may take a couple of years to complete, but we will be building straight through, not in phases,” he said. As the first buildings are...
Four-year term for Saugerties road boss will go to referendum

Four-year term for Saugerties road boss will go to referendum

Saugerties’ town board moved to extend the term of highway superintendent Douglas Myer from two to four years after a public hearing January 20. The resolution will appear on November’s election ballot. Myer, who ran unopposed in the 2015 election, has served in this position since 2012. In the town board meeting that followed, the...