Economic stress shutters Barclay Heights McDonald’s

Economic stress shutters Barclay Heights McDonald’s

For some, the closing last weekend of the McDonald’s on Route 9W in Barclay Heights is one less place to grab a quick meal. For others, it’s the end of an era. The family-friendly McDonald’s location with the indoor children’s Playland, reportedly the first area...
Saugerties Holiday Inn subdivision approved

Saugerties Holiday Inn subdivision approved

A proposed hotel behind the Sunoco station on Route 32 came one step closer to reality as the town planning board of Saugerties approved a subdivision of a ten-acre hotel property from the 561-acre Winston Farm following a public hearing. The approval does not include the...
Keeper's Log: Blame it on the tides

Keeper’s Log: Blame it on the tides

The start of another calendar year: time to print a fresh edition of the annual tide table. Inevitably its stapled pages will become tattered and dog-eared from daily use. The Saugerties Lighthouse keepers, like sailors and fishermen, live by the tides. As part of my...
Rotron leaving Saugerties

Rotron leaving Saugerties

Ametek Rotron, once one of Saugerties’ biggest blue-collar employers, will be shuttering its North Street plant in June. Its 19 remaining employees were informed of the corporate decision last week. The Rotron operation in Woodstock will not be affected by the shutdown, according to a...
Struzzieri seeks to restore Lynch's Marina to former glory

Struzzieri seeks to restore Lynch’s Marina to former glory

Calling it one of the great underutilized places in the Village of Saugerties, Tom Struzzieri said he’s looking forward to developing Lynch’s Marina into a commercial center that will give residents and visitors a chance to experience the Esopus Creek and Hudson River in a...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

The Village Addition streets When the village incorporated in 1831, its borders were set to geographic landmarks where the Sawyerkill meets Malden Ave., the Tannery Brook meets the turnpike, and the road to the ford crossed the Esopus near the village line and Esopus Bend....
Saugerties year in review

Saugerties year in review

  Some of the major Saugerties stories of 2015 Library turns 100 Throughout 2015, the Saugerties Public Library marked its 1915 founding. It was built as one of more than 2,500 libraries funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, a self-made Scottish immigrant who appreciated the potential...
Saugerties police chief decides to adopt body cameras for 2016

Saugerties police chief decides to adopt body cameras for 2016

The police department’s boots-on-the-ground beta testing of body cameras is over. The department is set to become Ulster County’s second police agency to use the cameras early next year (Ellenville was the first). Police Chief Joe Sinagra announced his intention to begin using body cams...
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Photos: Morse’s Mustang Bowl

Photos: Morse’s Mustang Bowl

[portfolio_slideshow id=8330] Photos by Doug Freese
Scenes from the Saugerties Zombie Crawl

Scenes from the Saugerties Zombie Crawl

[portfolio_slideshow id=8322] Photos by Doug Freese
Poll: Saugerties Town Board

Poll: Saugerties Town Board

Long-time incumbents Leeanne Thornton and Fred Costello are being challenged by Allyson Barbaria and Dan Ellsworth. The seats carry four year terms. Choose two. [poll id=”21″]
School will stock meds for opiate overdoses, asthma attacks

School will stock meds for opiate overdoses, asthma attacks

The Saugerties School Board approved stocking Narcan, which can protect against overdoses of opioids, and albuterol, an asthma remedy, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Narcan is an “opioid antagonist;” that is, a medication that can reverse the effects of opioids, such as heroin, vicodin, oxycontin and morphine and its derivatives. Superintendent Seth...
Supervisor race: Ciarlante takes another crack at Helsmoortel

Supervisor race: Ciarlante takes another crack at Helsmoortel

  The town supervisor race includes two of the three candidates who ran in 2013. Greg Helsmoortel, running with the endorsement of the Independence and Democratic parties, regained the position that year after ceding a term to Republican Kelly Myers, due in large part to Gaetana Ciarlante pulling 23 percent of the vote with the...
A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

When you open the doors of Giant Steps Preschool in Saugerties, owned and operated by Lori Adorno, you are greeted with a colorful and cheerful display of artwork and learning centers. There is a large apple tree on the doorway bearing the names of students, which serves as a welcome. Adorno, who started Giant Steps...
The Eagle's View: Home stretch of the Saugerties election

The Eagle’s View: Home stretch of the Saugerties election

Lackluster Town Board race Because of uninspired campaigns, it may be easy to forget that there’s a Town Board race going on between incumbent Leeanne Thornton (I), endorsed by Democrats, and challenger Allyson Barbaria (R), endorsed by Republicans. There are two Town Board seats on the November ballot. One of the two seats will go...
Saugerties trustee highlights lack of women coaches in school sports

Saugerties trustee highlights lack of women coaches in school sports

“I look at these lists, and I see man, man, man,” Saugerties Board of Education member Damion Ferraro said as he looked over a list of athletic coaches proposed for the coming year. “Oh, look, here’s a cheerleading position; woman, woman.” Speaking at the board’s Oct. 13 meeting, Ferraro said he found it hard to...
Letters (October 15-22)

Letters (October 15-22)

The roots of teen suicide and violence It is with profound grief that I am writing this letter. This past week, I attended the funeral of a bright, and apparently well adjusted 15-year-old who committed suicide. When adolescents are tragically violent against themselves or others, it naturally causes people to wonder how this could happen,...
Candidate calls for ‘shock and awe’ on drug enforcement in Saugerties

Candidate calls for ‘shock and awe’ on drug enforcement in Saugerties

Police Chief Joe Sinagra stepped into the political arena with an angry diatribe aimed at Republican Town Board candidate Allyson Barbaria, charging her with circulating misinformation and “political propaganda” about the extent of the town’s drug problem in a campaign flyer at the board’s bi-monthly meeting last week. Barbaria, who was not present for most...
Police chief: Anti-terrorism security at Garlic Fest was necessary

Police chief: Anti-terrorism security at Garlic Fest was necessary

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said the presence of officers from four different agencies, as well as bomb-sniffing dogs and equipment to detect “dirty bombs” at the Garlic Festival were necessary because the event could be a target for a terrorist or mass-shooter. “I’m a realist,” said Sinagra. “I look at the events as targets and...
A local owner and a new start for the Saugerties Stallions

A local owner and a new start for the Saugerties Stallions

Local businessman and lifelong Saugerties resident Kevin Hinchey is hoping a love for baseball, a feel for the community and a little business savvy will help him bring success to Saugerties’ collegiate-level baseball team. “We’re going to make this a major entertainment here in Saugerties,” Hinchey said. “What separates us from the previous owner is...