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New Year's Ball Drop set for Saugerties

New Year’s Ball Drop set for Saugerties

While the Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce is still meeting to work out all the details of the event, the start of 2015 will be marked by a ball drop at Reis Parking Lot at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The village decided to set up the event after noticing Kingston had stolen its normal...
Village to install new 'smart' water meters

Village to install new ‘smart’ water meters

New lead-free water meters which can be read remotely will be installed in more than 1,400 village residences and commercial buildings beginning in November. The installation follows the recommendations of a private company, Johnson Controls, which audited village infrastructure last year and suggested it replace water meters and make energy efficiency improvements to village buildings...
Zombie Crawl resurrected; local officials terror-stricken

Zombie Crawl resurrected; local officials terror-stricken

Isn’t it just like a zombie not to stay dead? Barely a week after we reported that the organizers of the popular Village Invasion zombie crawl were calling off this year’s event, a local resident emerged with a plan to save it. But not everyone is thrilled. Over the course of the past four years,...
Help house feral cats

Help house feral cats

Members of the Woodstock Feral Cat Project trapped, neutered or spayed 16 cats last month in the area of Jane St. Now, the village is looking for donations for shelters to house the feral cats for the winter. The shelters cost $30 apiece and keep the cats warm. The village is also looking for residents...
Saugerties Beach Party

Saugerties Beach Party

Photos by David Gordon   In what has become an end-of-summer tradition, artist Ze’ev Willy Neumann held his fourth annual beach party on Saturday, Aug. 23, with entertainers performing within the huge frame he constructed overlooking the Esopus beach. The stage, built into the frame for the occasion, was surrounded on the sides and back...
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...
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...
Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Photos by David Gordon    Just a little more than a month ago, the park near the Village Beach on the Esopus was a mess. Vandals and the weather had damaged or nearly destroyed picnic tables, play equipment and fireplaces. Village Parks and Recreation Superintendent George Terpening promised at that time to have the site...
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...
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...
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...
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...