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Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Recently, a developer who wanted to build a retail complex on Route 32N, far away from any existing sidewalks, was asked by the town Planning Board to leave room for a sidewalk. He didn’t have to build a sidewalk, and there are no plans to require him to do so in the future; planners just...
Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

You don’t need an expensive laboratory with beakers and test tubes to practice science, says Steve Tomecek, known to kids across the country as “The Dirtmeister” from his appearances on Magic School Bus, Sesame Street and ABCmouse.com. Approximately 75 children, many sitting on the floor almost at his feet, came to see Tomecek’s show at...
Hotel and retail complex near Winston Farm proposed

Hotel and retail complex near Winston Farm proposed

A developer has proposed building a restaurant, hotel and shops adjacent to Winston Farm. Preliminary plans, presented to the Town of Saugerties Planning Board last week, include an 86-unit hotel, a 500-square-foot restaurant and two 2,800-square-foot free-standing shops. Engineer Richard Praetorius described the proposal at the Planning Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, June 17. The...
Village Beach in rough shape

Village Beach in rough shape

A walk around the beach area and nearby picnic and play area shows tables with built-in benches badly in need of paint, with some having broken boards on the surface. One has been lifted up from the ground, where it had been buried. Several grills have been ripped loose from the soil holding them, their...
Barrels of fun: The Saugerties gun show

Barrels of fun: The Saugerties gun show

In the weeks leading up to the gun show held last weekend at Kiwanis Ice Arena, residents debated whether it was appropriate to hold such an event just down the street from the junior/senior high school. But by the time the sun dawned on a beautiful Father’s Day weekend, the controversy was forgotten, and hundreds...
Chestnut chomping on the open water

Chestnut chomping on the open water

The group that has been battling water chestnuts in the Esopus Creek across from the village beach has added a new weapon to its arsenal — a mechanical weed cutter. The machine resembles a giant rake, with a motor that moves the blades back and forth to cut the weeds. It mounts on the front...
Sneak peek of new lighthouse street art

Sneak peek of new lighthouse street art

Photos by David Gordon   Within the next few days, Saugerties will become an outdoor museum featuring the work of 35 local artists, each with a unique vision of the Saugerties Lighthouse. Each artist starts with a model constructed by Gus Pedersen, but each gives it a unique flavor. For some, including Pedersen himself, the...
In Memoriam: Josh Randall

In Memoriam: Josh Randall

Robert C. “Josh” Randall, local radio news anchor for WGHQ, real estate broker and tireless advocate for historic preservation, died last week at age 78. As the chair of the town’s Historic Preservation Commission and a member of the Conservation Advisory Committee, Randall was deeply involved in preserving the town’s heritage. His wife, Martha “Marti”...
Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

The burden of paying for education has shifted increasingly from state to local property taxpayers, creating funding problems for the schools and an unfair distribution of the cost of education, according to state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, speaking at a budget forum she held at the senior center Sunday, March 23. Property taxes cover about 52...
A dreamy tale, set in Saugerties

A dreamy tale, set in Saugerties

Over the past month or so, you may have noticed a film crew in town, rushing to stay on schedule between snowstorms. The film is called, “I Dream Too Much,” and the director is a local, Katie Cokinos, with a cast of Hollywood stars and locals mixing it up in familiar Saugerties haunts like Dig...
Village affordable housing project resurfaces

Village affordable housing project resurfaces

After more than a year without a buyer, the owners of a so-called “shovel ready” site on Kings Highway next to the Army Reserve Center would like to sell building and landscape materials on the site until a buyer is found. The site is the first in an Ulster County program called “Ready2Go,” which is...
Yoga Festival gets planners’ green light

Yoga Festival gets planners’ green light

A month after green-lighting the larger Hudson Project Music and Arts Festival, the Planning Board signed off on the One Love Fest, a yoga festival planned for Aug. 15-17. The Town Board will need to approve mass gathering permits for both, and the larger festival will require additional county approval. Promoter Kenneth Schwenker said he...