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...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and...
Saugerties parents want new policy for opting out of tests

Saugerties parents want new policy for opting out of tests

As state testing for grades 3-8 is set to begin next month, parents returned to the Board of Education during the March meeting to speak out against state tests and the way the district handles students who opt out of testing. How Saugerties stands out...
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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Poll: New York Bans Fracking

Poll: New York Bans Fracking

New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department of Health and the fact that, “In New York State we’re protective of our natural...
Hazards of new fortunes

Hazards of new fortunes

If the perceived economic potential of a community can be determined by the amount of time it takes shuttered shops to be replaced by new ones bright with hope, then the village of Saugerties is indeed an encouraging location for would-be entrepreneurs. In many cases, shop owners that went out of business this year were...
On-stage magic at annual Christmas Carol ballet

On-stage magic at annual Christmas Carol ballet

Photos by Alen Fetahi   One doesn’t have to travel to New York City to see onstage magic in a holiday production. All the charm one could imagine was on display at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) this past weekend as the Saugerties-based Ulster Ballet Company presented “A Christmas Carol” in three performances for...
Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree farm was well populated with customers wielding bow saws as...
Letters (December 11-18)

Letters (December 11-18)

Thoughts on historic oversight shakeup hearing I was surprised by the account of the meeting concerning the fate of the Historic Review Board in the village — not by the coverage, which I assume was accurate, but by the revisionist history that was suggested or inferred in some of the comments. The Flamingo was never...
Our new state senator

Our new state senator

Two years ago, state senate candidate George Amedore celebrated Thanksgiving with his family hoping that a narrow election-day margin over Cecilia Tkaczyk would hold up. It did not. Tkaczyk prevailed in absentee vote counting by a mere 18 votes. She took her seat on January 12. Amedore, a former Republican assemblyman from Rotterdam, stormed back...
In Memoriam: Mery Rosado

In Memoriam: Mery Rosado

She was the warm and gracious proprietor of Café Mezzaluna Bistro Latino in Saugerties and an ardent supporter of the arts and local business. But it’s her larger-than-life spirit and loving heart that her friends will most remember about Mery Helen Rosado, who died Thursday, Nov. 27 at Albany Medical Center after a brave battle...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and as part of the Festival of Lights parade. Would such...
How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

Old-timer Sam Boyce was walking down West Saugerties Rd. (now West Saugerties–Woodstock Rd.) on a late spring day some 20-plus years ago. Passing a house about a mile past his driveway that until recently had been unoccupied, he stopped to talk with the new neighbor. “Now, are you folks weekenders,” he inquired, “or are you…...
A light in the dark

A light in the dark

In this month of long nights, we celebrate light. Candlesticks are ceremoniously lit, and strings of light bulbs are draped along gutters and trees. Lest we forget, we are reminded that, once upon a time, light was precious and not easy to come by. Nowadays, when strings of light-emitting diodes can be purchased by the...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger won’t save time or money; mayor disagrees Village Board will...
Greasy spoon odyssey

Greasy spoon odyssey

A Saugerties couple with a deep love for diners and a devoted online fanbase is planning to take their blog on the road and, they hope, onto your bookshelf. Photographer Tom Smith and writer Alecia Eberhardt have been documenting their love of the food and atmosphere of diners for nearly two years on Diner Porn,...
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