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Events play big role in Saugerties economy

Events play big role in Saugerties economy

Each fall, for the last four years, zombies came to roam the streets of Saugerties in the thousands, and those who wanted a glimpse of these brain-eating fiends came along too. They jammed the village and spent liberally in the restaurants and bars. But not this year — the Zombie Crawl has been canceled. It...
Undercover cops pose as pedestrians in Saugerties village

Undercover cops pose as pedestrians in Saugerties village

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said the department recently issued 60 warnings to motorists who failed to yield to an undercover police officer posing as a pedestrian at the intersection of Main and Washington. Tickets will be issued starting in November or December. The warnings were part of the department’s recent pedestrian safety initiative. Officers have...
Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Despite the best efforts of local volunteers and village officials over the last several years to eradicate the problem of feral cats, a Woodstock group has found that colonies of the animals still exist. To help alleviate the situation, village trustees at their Aug. 18 meeting hired the Woodstock Feral Cat Project. The village will...
Giovana Guimares: On point

Giovana Guimares: On point

Thanks to a natural love for the game, senior tennis player Giovana Guimares has become one of the better female tennis players in Ulster County. If she can develop her mental side of the game, there’s no telling how far she’ll go. Guimares, who will be entering her senior year at Saugerties High School this...
New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

Work will begin this week on the village’s energy efficiency infrastructure project with the installation of more energy efficient lighting in village-owned buildings and its 50 historic street lights. It’s the beginning of a $1.5 million project which will see the replacement of all 1,388 village water meters (residential and commercial), as well as the...
Lions Club playground to get upgrade

Lions Club playground to get upgrade

Children and parents hanging out at the Lions Club Playground on Aug. 11 were surprised to witness the delivery of massive piece of equipment that, when assembled, will have slides and play areas. “It came in about 60 pieces,” said George Terpening, superintendent of parks, buildings and grounds. About $25,000 has been spent on playgrounds...
Village seeks new fire truck

Village seeks new fire truck

The village is hoping to have a new $450,000 pumper truck for its fire department by this time next year. The truck would replace the 27-year-old pumper now in service. Village Mayor Bill Murphy said the village wants to replace the truck using little or no village taxpayer money, although so far the search for...
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...