Challengers sweep Saugerties School Board election

Challengers sweep Saugerties School Board election

They said they wanted to change the way the School Board does things. Voters said, “go right ahead.” According to unofficial results of the May 19 vote, School Board challengers Raymond “Mike” Maclary, Robert Thomann and James Mooney have been elected to the School Board,...
What lies beneath the waves

What lies beneath the waves

The month of May started with a characteristic “striper wind” — a warm southerly breeze coinciding with striped bass spawning migration up the Hudson River. When striper season gets underway, the mouth of the creek experiences an obvious uptick in boat traffic. Powerboats motor their...
Is the mall doomed?

Is the mall doomed?

After 34 years, JC Penney, an anchor of the Hudson Valley Mall since the mall’s opening in Town of Ulster in 1981, is no more. Also gone are The Children’s Place, Deb Shops, and RadioShack, the last two victims of corporate bankruptcy. And across Route...
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Cahill, Mt. Marion Raise $12,000 for American Heart Association

Cahill, Mt. Marion Raise $12,000 for American Heart Association

Students at Cahill and Mt. Marion Elementary Schools may not wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they’re definitely heroes with big, healthy hearts. Together, students from the two schools raised more than $12,000 for the American Heart Association during annual Jump Rope for Heart activities in February, smashing last year’s...
Complete Streets committee seeking members

Complete Streets committee seeking members

Within the last two months, both the Town and Village of Saugerties passed Complete Streets resolutions that commit the municipalities to stronger efforts for accommodating pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, and people of all ages and abilities when building transportation infrastructure. The resolutions also establish a formal joint Town and Village Saugerties Transportation Advisory Council...
Curmudgeon Corner: The sky is falling

Curmudgeon Corner: The sky is falling

We live in hysterical times. Sure, in the old days we had the Red Scare, Reefer Madness and Tulip Mania, but these were the exceptions. For the most part, life was simple. My grandson is a typical example of the younger generation. Every Sunday dinner it’s a new crisis. Bird flu, Ebola, the Euro, mass...
Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline needs to come clean

Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline needs to come clean

In a letter to the editor of this paper, George Bochis, vice president of development for Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC, recently tried to dismiss the concerns of New Yorkers who are questioning the need for a new oil pipeline. Bochis failed to provide sources of information to back up his claims. This has been a...
Town, village discuss combining road departments

Town, village discuss combining road departments

Officials from the town and village of Saugerties met Feb. 20 to discuss sharing services and possibly merging the village Department of Public Works and town Highway Department. The meeting represented the first formal discussion of consolidation between town and village officials since the successful merger of the police departments in 2011. The town department...
A Day's Work: Paramedic

A Day’s Work: Paramedic

Brian Breithaupt was born and raised in Saugerties. He is a paramedic with the Diaz Memorial Ambulance Service. How did you get into this line of work? I actually called Diaz Ambulance Service to take me to the hospital many years ago. At that time they were a blended agency with a mix of volunteers...
Letters (Feb. 26-Mar. 5)

Letters (Feb. 26-Mar. 5)

Town Board defends Helsmoortel’s integrity In the Thursday, Feb. 19’s edition of Saugerties Times, Gaetana Ciarlante submitted yet another one of her venomous letters to the editor, filled with misinformation, that might have led too many residents without knowledge of the actual facts to question the integrity of Saugerties Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel and the...
Second St. blaze appears to have been started by basement wood boiler

Second St. blaze appears to have been started by basement wood boiler

He’s a former postman, a Blue Kat, a vet, but now Art Russell is a man without a home. Russell’s home at 20 Second St., a home that saw four generations grow up, was devastated by fire, smoke and water, and left uninhabitable by a Feb. 19 blaze. Rachael Sweeny, who lives in an apartment...
Saugerties' Hudson Project music festival 'on hold'

Saugerties’ Hudson Project music festival ‘on hold’

There may be some events at Winston Farm this year, but another big electronic music festival won’t be one of them. “The Hudson Project is on hold for the moment,” said Michael Lang, who represents the property owners. “It’s not coming back this year.” Last year’s event was held July 11-13 at the former site of...
Shave your head, raise money for a good cause

Shave your head, raise money for a good cause

Saugerties has not been spared the horror of pediatric cancer. Reminders of children who have fought, are currently fighting or have lost the battle with the disease are all around, from a memorial tree planted in the Grant D. Morse playground to a fundraiser held at the Kiwanis skating arena last December. One local mom...
In Memoriam: Marie Post

In Memoriam: Marie Post

Longtime Saugertiesian Marie Post died Friday, Feb. 20 at Kingston City Hospital. Still active in the community at age 90 — and still managing the town transfer station and the animal shelter she helped to establish — Post is being remembered today by those who knew her best as someone who loved her community, loved...
A Day’s Work: Waldorf teacher

A Day’s Work: Waldorf teacher

Wendy Weinrich has been an early childhood Waldorf teacher for the past 19 years. She spent 11 years teaching at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz. Eight years ago she opened Mountaintop School in Woodstock. She moved the school to a building that used to house a Volkswagen repair shop on the property adjoining...