Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

The lazy days of summer are over. Saugerties students are once again waking up bright and early to make it to class. For middle and high school students, that means 7:45 a.m. But a growing body of research suggests school districts should consider letting students...
Bikers raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Bikers raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Bikers are many things to many people, from the free (if doomed) spirits of Easy Rider to the terrors of Altamont to stockbrokers out for a weekend jaunt. It all depends who’s looking and how hard they bother to. So when about 40 bikes and...
Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Recently, one of our volunteer tour guides, Laurie Rankin, suggested we dredge up some stories about local shipwrecks to illustrate the hazards of river travel and the importance of lighthouses as aids to navigation. Naturally, we turned to the local experts on the topic, Jim...
For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

Photo by Ali Zacker Gale Simmons Plaza is filled to capacity with teenagers. It’s an annual tradition: Each year’s incoming senior class masses at the plaza, dressed in Sawyer blue, some with painted faces and cars, poses for photos and generally revels in their top-of-the-heap...
Fowl language

Fowl language

In water fowling literature, you can find many wonderful passages by really good writers that describe what it truly means to be a duck hunter. Since I was young, I loved books. It is quite natural as my mother schlepped my sister, brother and I...
Summer on Earth

Summer on Earth

Are you legit?” asks Dylan Welch as he straddles his BMX bike in Cantine Park. “I’m super legit,” I respond. “You can Google my name even.” The Google thing seems to calm him down, and I tell them that I’m writing an article about what...
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That’s the ticket!

That’s the ticket!

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra announced last month the department would be ticketing motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and, later this summer, jaywalking pedestrians. As described, the enforcement of these laws will mark a significant change for Saugerties, making it one of the strictest towns in the area. Regarding the requirement that...
New Business: Annarella Ristorante

New Business: Annarella Ristorante

Joe and Anna Vozzo are the owners of Annarella Ristorante at 276 Malden Turnpike. The restaurant, named for Anna, has been in business since last December. Joe has been in the restaurant business since 1977 and has owned and operated a number of restaurants in both New York and Florida. Annarella is open from 4...
Making connections

Making connections

Family legend — and a lost birth certificate — has it that my paternal grandfather, born near Rome in 1889, was the illegitimate offspring of an Italian princess of the Orsini family and a Philip Emanuel Marconi. Supposedly born in a castle, but given away to be raised by a poor family in the countryside...
Letters (May 29-June 5)

Letters (May 29-June 5)

Didn’t vote? Don’t complain I offer the following as a private citizen. Here are the voting results for the Saugerties School District for the last two years (2013 and 2014): According to the Ulster County Board of Elections, in 2013 there were 12,732 registered voters in the district. Out of this total, 2,023 people voted...
Farmers Market opens outdoor season

Farmers Market opens outdoor season

Photos by David Gordon   As the farmers headed into town to set up their booths, Mother Nature seemed to be threatening a repeat of last year’s market opening, when wind and rain battered Saugerties and the few brave souls who stayed worked without tents or signs. But last Saturday, May 24 was a different...
School Board vote finalized

School Board vote finalized

The winners of the School Board election remained the same after the affidavit and absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday, May 27. The candidates with the top three vote counts were incumbent Charles Schirmer with 1160 votes, and newcomers Damion Ferraro and Krista Barringer, with 1110 votes and 998 votes respectively. These three will serve...
Memorial Day observance in Saugerties

Memorial Day observance in Saugerties

Saugerties American Legion Post 72 will conduct a Memorial Day service on the traditional day, Friday, May 30, on the Post grounds beginning at 6 p.m. The Saugerties Community Band will play several selections before and during the service, including a band salute to the Armed Forces.. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served in...
A Day’s Work: Waitress

A Day’s Work: Waitress

Kacey Burch has been a waitress for 15 years. She is currently the manager and a waitress at Main Street Restaurant in Saugerties. She has a son, Greyson. She’s usually the first friendly face you encounter upon entering Main Street Restaurant. Describe your work. I have been at Main Street for four years now. I...
More renters: Good or bad for Saugerties?

More renters: Good or bad for Saugerties?

Not only is there a need for more affordable rental units in the village of Saugerties, but the addition of such units “can create jobs, increase tax revenues, and generally foster economic growth,” according to Guy Kempe, vice president of community development for RUPCO. Kempe was speaking at the Village Planning Board’s May 14 meeting...
Sneak peek of new lighthouse street art

Sneak peek of new lighthouse street art

Photos by David Gordon   Within the next few days, Saugerties will become an outdoor museum featuring the work of 35 local artists, each with a unique vision of the Saugerties Lighthouse. Each artist starts with a model constructed by Gus Pedersen, but each gives it a unique flavor. For some, including Pedersen himself, the...
Letters (May 22-29)

Letters (May 22-29)

Get a grip Laurel Lindewall is so out of touch with reality (Letters, May 15) that we are certain she lives in a part of Saugerties where rainbow farting unicorns roam the countryside. Her ranting insults demonstrate her fearful panic that citizens will take my advice and get smart about what is needed to save...
Farmers Market opens this weekend

Farmers Market opens this weekend

Shake off the last of the long, cold winter with fresh and local food, spring weather and great local talent at opening day for the 13th summer season of the Saugerties Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, May 24. “I am one among many who are excited for the return of the wonderful Saugerties Farmers...