Saugerties School Board gives state an F

Saugerties School Board gives state an F

School Board trustees and administrators spoke out against the New York State Education Department at the October board meeting, accusing it of being unfair and negligent in the application of standardized testing and teacher evaluation. Superintendent Seth Turner, who recently heard Commissioner John King speak...
JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

It all began with a JV football player’s wish to honor the memory of his favorite aunt, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. Soon, the whole team and cheerleading squad joined in. Vinny Incorvaia’s aunt, Joylynn Dalton Richman, died at the age of 53. “They...
A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

Friday night doesn’t start off well. As I’m driving through town, a man in baggy cargo shorts and a hoodie almost steps directly in front of my car. Cars seem to be gunning for me, including one giant’s pickup truck which barely misses me as...
Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Town officials say they’re still working on drafting a noise ordinance, but admit they’d hoped the neighborhood dispute that brought the issue to the fore this summer would have resolved itself by now. At the Town Board’s Oct. 1 meeting, Cherry Ln. resident Warren Ferine...
You are what you eat

You are what you eat

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates among children and adolescents have tripled over the last two decades. The federal agency says 17 percent of American children are obese. Locally it’s worse — 27.7 percent in Poughkeepsie, 24.7 percent in Kingston and 22.5...
Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change? A lot of residents of Saugerties, judging from the turnout for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. A special bus from Saugerties carried a couple of dozen to New York, and at least that...
Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Red Cross presenter Rebecca Lee did not elaborate on what “space weather” is or why it poses an immediate danger to New York State residents, which is a shame because it sounds like the kind of thing that could wipe Saugerties or most of the...
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...
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...
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Letters (October 9-16)

Letters (October 9-16)

A vote for equality I am voting for Sean Eldridge for Congress in the 19th District. Since Reagan’s nonexistent “Welfare Queen” in the 1980s and Romney’s “47 percent” comments in the last presidential election the Republican Party has sought to unfairly demonize poor people, the unemployed, and the foreign-born despite record levels of income inequality....
Slideshow: Mum Festival

Slideshow: Mum Festival

Photos by Robert Ford and Alen Fetahi
House candidates pull no punches in raucous second debate

House candidates pull no punches in raucous second debate

Onstage before a partisan-packed standing-room-only crowd, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge traded some of the fiercest barbs yet in a race that has already seen allegations of shameless carpet-bagging and selling out to corporations. The debate, the second of four forums scheduled this month, was held Monday evening at Miller Middle School...
Saugerties zombie crawl slated for Oct. 18

Saugerties zombie crawl slated for Oct. 18

If they were still in their graves, zombies would be rolling over, confused by the kerfuffle caused by the popular annual event. Here’s the situation as it stands this week: There will be a Zombie Crawl in the village on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 6–10 p.m. (A Zombie Crawl is an event in which people...
A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

Elise Crist teaches the four-year-old preschool class at Children’s Workshop in Twin Maples Plaza. She has worked with preschool students for ten years. How does one get into this line of work? I’ve always had a love for children. I was babysitting from a very young age. Children fascinate me: how fast they learn, how...
Keeper’s Log: Due south

Keeper’s Log: Due south

The tempo of cricket chirping slows as the temperature drops on autumn evenings, inducing a calm, observant mood along the riverside. Fortunately, there’s plenty for a quiet observer to see on the Hudson these days. From mid-September through October, dozens of sailboats pass by the Lighthouse daily on their way to tropical waters, many sporting...
Letters (October 2-9)

Letters (October 2-9)

Be prepared My friend Peter Poccia asks how we plan to heat our homes when the electric grid goes out in January. My answer is that we need to be connected to our neighbors before there’s an emergency situation so that in the event, we will know what resources we all have to share and...
Mum Festival at Seamon Park

Mum Festival at Seamon Park

The 49th annual Mum Festival at Seamon Park will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. with thousands of mums on display at peak color. Admission is free. Enjoy music, craft vendors, a wildlife show, petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides and an art show of work by local artists and photographers....
Why don’t more people vote?

Why don’t more people vote?

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, is approaching. This year, we’ll have the opportunity to vote for a congressman, New York State offices (governor, attorney general, comptroller, state Senate and state Assembly), Ulster County sheriff, family court judge and town receiver of taxes. This is not a presidential election year, so voter turnout is usually lower....
Whole lotta clove

Whole lotta clove

Photos by Ali Zacker Gale   Since 1989, the true beginning of fall in Saugerties has been marked by a celebration of garlic on a grand scale. What began as a way for local grower Pat Reppert to promote her harvest soon became the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, the largest event of its kind in...
County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

In the coming months, county road crews will begin clearing 200 ash trees along county-owned roads in Saugerties. That’s the number of trees found to be infected with the emerald ash borer beetle, according to Amanda LaValle, director of the Ulster County Department of the Environment. Recently LaValle and Aaron Bennett, deputy coordinator for the...
Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Congressional candidates Sean Eldridge and Chris Gibson will debate energy issues at SUNY New Paltz tonight, Oct 1, at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center room 100. Free and open to the public. Elridge, the challenger, is a Democrat. Gibson is a Republican. Likely issues include renewable energy and fracking. The forum is hosted by the Center...