Saugerties students who refuse tests get packets

Saugerties students who refuse tests get packets

Saugerties students who opted out of the grades 3–8 standardized tests this week were treated with something else to do: more schoolwork. The district has been criticized for requiring students who opt out to remain in the classroom with the test booklet on the desk in...
Bethel, former Sawyer standout wrestler, has dominant rookie year at college

Bethel, former Sawyer standout wrestler, has dominant rookie year at college

The last year and a half has been quite a ride for wrestler James Bethel. During that time, he has traveled to numerous states, took third place in the New York State high school wrestling finals, become nationally ranked in Greco and Freestyle wrestling, and...
More students expected to opt out of next week's standardized tests

More students expected to opt out of next week’s standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee...
Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Binoculars are standard gear for birdwatchers and ship-spotters. They are worth their weight on a hike, especially to the Lighthouse where there is plenty to see, and especially during the spring thaw when so much is happening along the river corridor. With a bit of...
Saugerties Youth Awards

Saugerties Youth Awards

The Town Board honored five Saugerties Community Youth Awards recipients at its recent meeting. Under the slogan, “You’ve been caught,” The Saugerties Youth Awards recognize youth who are caught making good choices and doing good deeds. The goal is to reinforce positive behavior and promote...
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...
Heroines of the Hudson

Heroines of the Hudson

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is a fitting occasion to call attention to the achievements of women lighthouse keepers, especially those overlooked by history. Women keepers in the 19th century were remarkable for many reasons. Foremost, they...
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Driftwood for artists

Driftwood for artists

  The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will offer a limited supply of free driftwood from Ashokan Reservoir to artists and craftsmen Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a staging area on Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge, near the intersection with Route 28A. DEP staff will be on hand to...
“Small Works” by Studio Tour artists

“Small Works” by Studio Tour artists

Members of the Saugerties Artist Studio Tour are holding a group exhibition through Monday, Feb. 23 in the Stephen L. Crohn Gallery at the Saugerties Public Library. The show entitled, ”Small Works,” features a wide range of styles and techniques and demonstrates the scope of talent of the participating artists. Participating artists in the exhibit...
A matter of perspective

A matter of perspective

A few years ago while I was in California to see my mother, I got in a fender bender with a curb. Over 30 years driving, and a spotless record ruined by a curb. It was one of those annoying mishaps that do occur occasionally in life. And although on vacation with my daughter, I...
Rat Rods of Peter Duvaloois

Rat Rods of Peter Duvaloois

Photos and drawings by Robert Selkowitz   Saugerties’ own Peter Duvaloois was featured last March in the New York Times “Auto Ego” column titled “Rat Rods: A Statement Made of Rust.” He sections old truck cabs and builds jalopy looking hot rods with big old engines. He was just featured in an AP web post...
Letters (January 15-22)

Letters (January 15-22)

Chaos in county government Recently, I was asked by a reporter from Saugerties Times about cooperation amongst elected officials in government, to which I replied: “I am pleased to see a coordinated effort on the county and local levels amongst elected officials towards trying to bring economic development into Saugerties and Ulster County. Infrastructural improvements...
Opinion: Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

Opinion: Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

By now readers of this paper should be aware that Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC would like to build a 178-mile pipeline along the Thruway to carry crude oil from Albany to refineries in New Jersey and refined petroleum products in the other direction. We can’t let this happen. Many residents of towns along this route...
Village election day change, petitions available

Village election day change, petitions available

Village elections will be held Wednesday, March 18 this year because the normal village Election Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day. Trustees approved the switch at their Jan. 5 meeting. Up for election this year are seats held by Mayor William Murphy and trustees Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin and Patrick Landewe. Petitions to run can...
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...
Saugerties police department brings in nearly $200k in revenue

Saugerties police department brings in nearly $200k in revenue

  Police departments were never intended to generate revenue, but times have changed, says Saugerties Chief Joseph Sinagra. Federal and state grants have dried up and local municipalities are too cash-strapped to make up the difference. He described in a Jan. 5 presentation how, when he took over as chief in April of 2012, he...
Community profile: Sally Colclough

Community profile: Sally Colclough

A walk down any street in Saugerties with Sally Colclough is like attending a large and happy class reunion. “Hi, Mrs. Colclough, you were my eighth grade social studies teacher.” “Hello, Sally, we did well with the fundraiser at the French Club Flea Market, didn’t we?” “Sally, you were great with Tommy when he had...
Cell phone health hazards the subject of film

Cell phone health hazards the subject of film

The Woodstock Smart Meter Forum is sponsoring the Hudson Valley premiere of “Mobilize,” a new documentary on the cell phone industry, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Ln., Woodstock. The film explores the long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and the harsh challenges activists face getting precautionary legislation...