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ESL classes at police station aim to build trust

ESL classes at police station aim to build trust

Two Spanish-speaking students met with English as a second language teacher  Jeana Cordeiro last week to improve their English language skills. The class, which has six students enrolled, meets in a second-floor conference room in Saugerties Police headquarters. The class is part of the Ulster BOCES Adult Literacy Division, Cordeiro said. The police department provides...
Saugerties sidewalk art project features cars kids can ride

Saugerties sidewalk art project features cars kids can ride

Photos by David Gordon   Horsin’, sittin’, shinin’ and now, cruisin’. In recent years, summer has brought colorful horses, chairs and lighthouses to the streets of Saugerties. This year, the street art will be based on children’s pedal cars. “We have one of the largest car shows in the area in July, and the event...
Community rallies to support family of deceased child

Community rallies to support family of deceased child

Photos by David Gordon   A fundraising event for the family of Jayden Holzhauer, who died of brain cancer on April 2, brought around 500 of his neighbors in Blue Mountain and other well-wishers together on Sunday, May 4 for a celebration of his life, held at the Elks Club. The event resembled a party, with...
Cell tower proposed for Mt. Marion

Cell tower proposed for Mt. Marion

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, is planning to erect a cell tower on Schoolhouse Rd. The tower would serve Verizon, but could lease space to other users. The Town Saugerties Planning Board had an initial look at the project at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 17. Attorney Jessica Vigars said the company...
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 with a lack of state funding, doomed that project. On...
Katsbaan neighbors protest contractor's blasting

Katsbaan neighbors protest contractor’s blasting

An electrical contractor’s expansion plan drew eight neighbors to a Feb. 17 Planning Board public hearing. The neighbors complained that blasting at the site had shaken their homes. Some said they feared further blasting could damage their property and an aquifer they depend on for water. Electrical contractor Randy Richers plans to level a section...
Hotel and more proposed near Winston Farm

Hotel and more proposed near Winston Farm

An 86-unit hotel, as well as two other commercial buildings, are being proposed for a site near the historic Wynkoop House and behind a Sunoco gas station on Rt. 32. The developers will buy some 10 acres from Winston Farm’s owners for the project, said engineer Richard Praetorius. The project appears to be a scaled...
Youth group instills leadership qualities, manly virtues

Youth group instills leadership qualities, manly virtues

The High Peaks Chapter of the Order of DeMolay was inaugurated in a solemn ceremony at Masonic Lodge 193on Russell Street, Saturday, Jan. 29. The Order of DeMolay is a youth group affiliated with the Masons. It has chapters all over the United States, as well as some chapters in other countries; more than 1,000...
High woods subdivision green lighted

High woods subdivision green lighted

An eight-lot subdivision planned for Lotus Lane off Fish Creek Rd. that would include a good deal of common land in addition to the lots, which vary from 1.3 to 3.2 acres in area, has received conditional approval from the Town of Saugerties Planning Board after more than five years in the works. The board...
Saugerties getting a good deal on police coverage, says chief

Saugerties getting a good deal on police coverage, says chief

Police Chief Joe Sinagra gave a public presentation on the department’s reorganization and finances intended to address concerns that the department, by creating the position of captain, may be spending too much money. Sinagra said that the department, at $2,356,485, has a lower budget than the combined town and village departments had in 2010, despite...
Life with Asperger's

Life with Asperger’s

As author Jesse Saperstein prepared to speak about Asperger syndrome to an audience at the Saugerties Library largely composed of people diagnosed with the disorder and their families, he used some of the coping mechanisms he would later describe in the talk. He bounced a ping pong ball on a paddle and danced around the...
Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree farm was well populated with customers wielding bow saws as...