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Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

While preservationists still hold out hope for a buyer who will restore the Dragon Inn to its Gilded Age glory, in the near term, the broken down structure has become an unsafe playground for neighborhood children. The village wants owner Ching Ya Wu to board the place up and put up a fence. Last winter...
Car show raises money for Boys & Girls Club

Car show raises money for Boys & Girls Club

Photos by Alen Fetahi   Rain fell on the July Fourth Parade. Rain postponed the fireworks. And on July 6, under sunny skies, Bob Siracusano and his crew of volunteers from Sawyer Motors and across Saugerties made it rain again — this time for the Boys and Girls Club. “I set a goal of $30,333,...
Community groups pitch in for park repairs

Community groups pitch in for park repairs

The village is using a combination of taxpayer money and donations from private groups for improvements at Seamon Park and the Lions Club Playground. At Seamon Park, the scenic, floral, sloping park on 9W on the north side of the village, the issue is a 200-foot-length of wrought iron fence facing the road. It carries...
Police to use old candle factory for training

Police to use old candle factory for training

The rehabilitation of the American Candle Factory on Kings Highway continues to take shape, with a shooting range, police training center and film prop warehouse planned. Earlier this year, Willis Williamson received Planning Board approval to convert a portion of one of the buildings into a 35,000-square-foot shooting range. On a recent tour of the...
Affordable housing gets key approval

Affordable housing gets key approval

Village planners voted 3-1 to issue a “negative declaration” on the 42-unit Country Meadows affordable housing project proposed for North St. The declaration, issued at the June 11 meeting, means a majority of Planning Board members do not believe the proposed development will have a “significant effect on the environment,” as part of the state’s...
Bimonthly community youth awards winners

Bimonthly community youth awards winners

Five Saugerties students were recognized at the June 16 village trustees’ meeting by the Saugerties Community Youth Awards Committee for “making good choices and doing good deeds.” “This is the best part of the job,” said Mayor William Murphy in handing out the awards. “Our community is all about the kids.” It’s the goal of...
Sister of man killed by truck urges immediate action

Sister of man killed by truck urges immediate action

“It’s a toxic and deadly intersection,” Dinah Carlson Neals said of the Main and Partition intersection at the June 2 Village Board meeting. Neals witnessed her brother, Robert Carlson, get hit by a truck as he crossed at the Main and Partition intersection on Jan. 30. He died from his injuries five hours later at...
More renters: Good or bad for Saugerties?

More renters: Good or bad for Saugerties?

Not only is there a need for more affordable rental units in the village of Saugerties, but the addition of such units “can create jobs, increase tax revenues, and generally foster economic growth,” according to Guy Kempe, vice president of community development for RUPCO. Kempe was speaking at the Village Planning Board’s May 14 meeting...
Undercover cops to ticket crosswalk scofflaws

Undercover cops to ticket crosswalk scofflaws

Did you know pedestrians always have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, even when the motorist has the green light? Beginning May 26, motorists who don’t yield for pedestrians will be ticketed, said Police Chief Joe Sinagra. Fines run up to $150. As part of the enforcement effort, undercover police officers will play the part of...
Chloe Hanson: Born to run

Chloe Hanson: Born to run

She stands about 4-feet, 8-inches, weighs all of 72 pounds, and she reminds you of your best friend’s kid sister, always hanging around and trying to take part in whatever you and your friends do. But while Chloe Hanson might be looked at by most of the Saugerties varsity track team as their little sister,...
Fundraising begins for village playgrounds

Fundraising begins for village playgrounds

Last year was nearly the year without playgrounds for the village of Saugerties. As spring approached, its new insurance carrier issued a stark ruling: Replace most of the equipment at three village playgrounds or close them down. New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) relented after public outcry, and the playgrounds were swarmed with children as...
Youth Fishing Derby this Sunday

Youth Fishing Derby this Sunday

Saugerties youngsters should be pulling their fishing gear out of the back of the garage and digging up worms because this Sunday, May 18 is the third annual Saugerties Fish and Game Club’s Youth Fishing Derby at the Blue Mountain Reservoir. “We’re stocking the reservoir with brown trout this week to try and ensure that...