Saugerties planners discourage self-storage proposal for Kings Highway

Saugerties planners discourage self-storage proposal for Kings Highway

Plans to use a large yellow building on Kings Highway south of the intersection with Railroad Avenue are being proposed. The town planning board is seeking details from the owner, Salvatore Mancuso, before it begins the approval process. Kings Highway is lined with industrial buildings....
New Saugerties restaurant at former marina needs a sewer hookup

New Saugerties restaurant at former marina needs a sewer hookup

The first few days of a new business can be frustrating for even the most experienced businessman. There can be a host of unanticipated problems. This is the case for Tom Struzzieri, owner of HITS and Diamond Mills, and now the Saugerties Harbor Restaurant at...
Saugerties artists gear up for studio tour event

Saugerties artists gear up for studio tour event

Artists in Saugerties will be opening their studios to the public on August 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to see their work space, tools and finished works, buy works and discuss the artists’ work with them. The...
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Opt-out policy for Common Core tests debated by Saugerties BOE

Opt-out policy for Common Core tests debated by Saugerties BOE

While the Saugerties Central School District appears to be leaning toward allowing teachers to determine how students who opt out of state-mandated standardized tests spend their exam time, a directive designed to give parents more clarity could change that. The resolution, which board president Robert Thomann presented as the board seeks clarity on a matter...
One-percent loans available for Saugerties village businesses

One-percent loans available for Saugerties village businesses

Renovation and rehabilitation loans are available through the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund. The Revolving Loan Committee of the Village of Saugerties is anxious to assist village business owners and lease holders. Funds are available for renovation and rehabilitation of business properties. The minimum loan amount is $1,500 and the maximum amount is $75,000 with...
A Day’s Work: Childcare provider

A Day’s Work: Childcare provider

Heidi Brandt opened her own childcare business in 1994, Heidi’s House, and has been caring for and teaching children in her home ever since. She currently has 27 children between infancy and 12 years old enrolled in her program. What makes a good childcare provider? You have to have so much patience and tolerance and...
Solarize Saugerties draws a crowd

Solarize Saugerties draws a crowd

On Saturday, March 5, a crowd of over one hundred eager Saugertiesians gathered at the Frank D. Greco Recreation Center for an event hosted by the organization, Solarize Saugerties, the newest in a series of campaigns run by Solarize Hudson Valley. Solarize, which offers discounts to groups of community members — the more people who...
Meet & Greet: Ralph Perri

Meet & Greet: Ralph Perri

A version of this article appeared in the Dec. 13, 2012 issue of Saugerties Times. Ralph Perri spent his entire career in the motion picture industry as a grip. For film enthusiasts, the movies we’ve loved have been shaped in many ways by grips, even if we didn’t entirely understand what it is a grip does....
Letters (March 10-17)

Letters (March 10-17)

Good planning for parking needed There have been many studies designed to offer guidance on specific planning topics but the guidance from government for applying planning remains missing. There is a critical need for the Town and Village administrations to take the guidance of these studies seriously. This should start by the village attacking the...
Sawyer Legends: Michael Hasenbalg

Sawyer Legends: Michael Hasenbalg

Michael Hasenbalg, a 2016 Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame inductee, can remember a very specific moment where he learned the importance of playing within the context of the game, a lesson that served him well through high school and college. That lesson, like so many others, came from his father, Ralph. “It was one of...
Saugerties sides with city of Kingston on sales tax issue

Saugerties sides with city of Kingston on sales tax issue

Saugerties Town Council members unanimously passed a Memorializing Resolution at their March 2 meeting to add their support to the growing roster of municipalities who stand with the City of Kingston in a call to County Executive Michael Hein to extend the 2011 Sales Tax Sharing Agreement between the County of Ulster and the City...
A mistake opens a gateway to the history of Saugerties’s gateway

A mistake opens a gateway to the history of Saugerties’s gateway

The structure of every news story should have history within it. News doesn’t have much meaning without some background. The way a writer assumes history is, or assumes it is not, common knowledge to the reader, creates the context of what happens both for the news and in the news. A community who’s news is...
A chat with Father Chris Berean

A chat with Father Chris Berean

  (A version of this story appeared in the Nov. 28, 2012 issue of Saugerties Times. Apologies if anything is out of date!) Father Chris Berean of St. Mary of the Snow and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic churches in Saugerties has been a priest for over 25 years. Father Chris (“the kids at St. Mary’s...
This was the warmest winter on record

This was the warmest winter on record

It’s official: The winter of 2015-16 was the warmest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the lower 48 states, December-February temperatures were 36.8 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Not every region of the country had its warmest winter ever, but the Northeast – including most of the Hudson Valley – did. The...
A Day’s Work: Dietician

A Day’s Work: Dietician

Once you get Registered Dietician Liz Westinghouse talking about food and nutrition, her passion becomes clear. Westinghouse has lived in Saugerties since she was six and attended Russell Sage College in Troy where she earned a degree in nutrition science. She currently works in both Poughkeepsie and Hudson for North American Partners in Anesthesia, where...