‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

Town Democratic Party Chairman Lanny Walter called it a “perfect storm,” but if that phrase conjures images of destruction and strife, you’ve got the wrong idea. The town Democratic nominating caucus Tuesday night, July 28, at the Senior Center was a perfect storm of cooperation,...
Busy summer for Saugerties lifeguards

Busy summer for Saugerties lifeguards

It started out like a typical July day for Jennifer Suttmeier and Joshua Rua, lifeguards at the Village Beach on the Esopus Creek. The sun was bright and the day warm. They had cleaned up the beach and made it ready for residents who like...
Can anything be done about Saugerties truck traffic?

Can anything be done about Saugerties truck traffic?

When Yogi Berra said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” he could have been talking about the perennial issue of truck traffic. For decades, foundation-rattling trucks passing through the village have been the source of complaints by residents, especially in warm weather months. According...
Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

We all know our address. It’s a number. There’s also the number “20” that represents Saugerties to visitors that come here on the Thruway. If you’re coming here from, let’s say, San Francisco, you get directions from Google Maps that follow many numbers on their respective...
Getting around without cars

Getting around without cars

Have you been surprised to learn of the large numbers of incidents in which pedestrians and motorized vehicles have collided over the past few years? The state is now installing new lights, detectors, and walk/don’t walk signals at the dangerous intersection of Main and Partition....
Dream machines: The Sawyer Motors Car Show

Dream machines: The Sawyer Motors Car Show

Photos by Doug Freese   With apologies to Robert Frost, something there is that doesn’t love a car. They arrived, displacing everything ordinary in the village, hundreds of them, gleaming in chrome-plated splendor under a hot summer sun, the four-barreled, the candy-colored, the monstrous and...
What Saugerties Conservatives believe

What Saugerties Conservatives believe

Conservative Chair George Heidcamp issues a declaration of principles.
July 4 in Saugerties

July 4 in Saugerties

Photos by Garrett Colburn As parades go, the Saugerties Fourth of July Parade is one of the most popular in the area with folks from all over Ulster and neighboring counties turning out for the two-hour march. This July 4, hundreds lined the parade route,...
Keeping the Hudson clean

Keeping the Hudson clean

Summer is heating up and the water is beckoning. A typical afternoon might see a group of kayakers cruising out of the mouth of the creek, a couple of people upright on stand-up paddle boards gliding across the surface of the water, a dog fetching...
What Saugerties Democrats believe

What Saugerties Democrats believe

The Saugerties Democratic Committee (SDC) on Feb. 24, 2015 adopted a Statement of Values which helps to define why its members are enrolled in the Democratic Party and why they work through the party and through other organizations to turn these values into policies and...
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More surveillance devices to be installed in Saugerties village

More surveillance devices to be installed in Saugerties village

A  camera and two license plate readers will be installed in the village in the coming weeks. The camera will be installed at the traffic light at the Main and Washington intersection. Police chief Joseph Sinagra said the location was chosen because it would provide coverage for Cahill Elementary School. It the third camera to...
Jaywalking laws to be enforced

Jaywalking laws to be enforced

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said his officers will soon be enforcing all pedestrian laws — including jaywalking, walking on the wrong side of the road, crossing the street diagonally rather than perpendicularly, crossing against a do not walk sign and, for motorists, failure to yield the right-of-way in a crosswalk that doesn’t include pedestrian signage...
Sawyer Legends: Doc Silinovich

Sawyer Legends: Doc Silinovich

Saugerties has long been a sports-centric town with a wide variety of activities for sports fans. Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame inductee Mark “Doc” Silinovich is someone who has taken advantage of just about all the sports Saugerties has to offer. Sports have always been a major aspect of his life and continue to influence...
Video: Saugerties superintendent, trustees talk testing

Video: Saugerties superintendent, trustees talk testing

The April 14 School Board meeting included several discussions and speeches on the issue of state-mandated tests. The full video was recently posted to Saugerties Lighthouse TV23, and can be viewed here. Two portions in particular relate directly to some of the more controversial aspects of the issue, covered by Saugerties Times. In the first,...
Letters (April 23-30)

Letters (April 23-30)

Trustee: Opt-out comments misquoted on social media Since everything I learned I did not learn on Facebook hence my lack of use or need for such social media sites — I did learn from some excellent educators as I continue to challenge an educate myself today — a few excellent skills amazingly include objective listening,...
Zombie Crawl scheduled

Zombie Crawl scheduled

Organizers of this year’s Zombie Crawl are getting an early start. Ted Titus and Charles Potter were granted the blessing of village trustees at the April 20 meeting. The sixth annual Zombie Crawl is scheduled for Oct. 17. This year’s event — “We’re off to see the zombies” — will have a “Wizard of Oz”...
Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

With about 90 water meters left to install in village homes and businesses, trustees at their April 20 meeting agreed to a $25 quarterly charge for those who have not set up appointments to have the new meters installed. Mayor William Murphy and Water Department Superintendent Mike Hopf previously said customers who didn’t get new...
Do widespread opt-outs signal the death knell of Common Core?

Do widespread opt-outs signal the death knell of Common Core?

Last week, huge numbers of students opted out of state-mandated Common Core English tests. Local numbers include 61 percent in Onteora, 62 percent in New Paltz and 43 percent in Kingston. Saugerties has not released its opt-out totals. Statewide numbers were similar. The mass opt-outs have sent a shockwave through New York’s traditionally top-down and...
Mt. Marion Fire Department open house

Mt. Marion Fire Department open house

The Mt. Marion Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday, April 25 from 12-3 p.m. at the fire house at 766 Kings Hwy. Drop in and find out what the firefighters do and what it takes to become a firefighter or fire police. The department is always looking for volunteers. Those who want to...
Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

After 17 years as the superintendent of the Village of Saugerties Department of Public Works, there isn’t a road, street, lane, circle, pothole or storm drain in all the village Robert Ciarlante doesn’t know. And now, after those 17 years, on June 1 he will be calling it a career. “At 69, I think it’s...
Morse Rocks Festival set for June

Morse Rocks Festival set for June

In a sports community like Saugerties, there are plenty of chances for the athletically gifted to shine, but fewer for the artistic. Morse Elementary School teacher Joe Defino established the Morse Rocks festival for the latter. Now in its third year, the festival brings national and local talent to the stage. At present, there are...
Geology of Saugerties

Geology of Saugerties

Saugerties is a town divided into two halves by one mountain. That’s Mt. Marion, and it runs, north to south, right down the middle of the town. East of Mt. Marion is the most densely populated part of town. This part of Saugerties once lay at the bottom of a great ice age lake: Glacial...