Saugerties July 4 schedule of events

Saugerties July 4 schedule of events

Saturday July 4 11 a.m. Parade in village center 6:35 p.m. Saugerties Stallions baseball game 10 p.m. Fireworks at Cantine Field. Fireworks are funded by the Kiwanis with the sale of chance booklets sold by Kiwanis members for $2 each or six for $10. The...
What Saugerties Democrats believe

What Saugerties Democrats believe

The Saugerties Democratic Committee (SDC) on Feb. 24, 2015 adopted a Statement of Values which helps to define why its members are enrolled in the Democratic Party and why they work through the party and through other organizations to turn these values into policies and...
Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

In what looked like a final kiss-off to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, the Town Board passed a “no confidence” resolution at last week’s monthly board meeting. The 178-mile project would run two underground lines between Linden, New Jersey and Albany. One line would carry Bakken...
Hudson Valley health clinics provide affordable alternative care

Hudson Valley health clinics provide affordable alternative care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has finally put access to medical services within the reach of just about everyone. We can all have an annual checkup, see the doctor when we’re feeling sick, and get treatment for what ails us. But something the ACA has...
Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

While other playgrounds in the town and village are set for improvements in the next few years, for one of them, officials say it’s just not worth it. The playground at Seamon Park, the least-used of the village’s three playgrounds, is being dismantled. “Nothing will...
Chief: License plate readers won’t be used to track residents

Chief: License plate readers won’t be used to track residents

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra sees it as a crime-fighting tool. Others, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, see it as a potential threat to Americans’ privacy. Whatever you believe it to be, whatever it is, it’s coming to a utility pole near you. The...
Saugerties superintendent’s contract extended in controversial vote

Saugerties superintendent’s contract extended in controversial vote

Citing an alleged plan to remove the superintendent by the three new trustees elected May 18, the School Board voted to extend Seth Turner’s contract by five years, the maximum allowable term. The board had previously extended the contract in 2013 and it was not set...
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Minew, Lopez (and maybe Aiello) seek to unseat Allen in legislature

Minew, Lopez (and maybe Aiello) seek to unseat Allen in legislature

Three definites and a wild card. The ​race for Democrat Chris Allen’s District 2 seat on the County Legislature has begun. District 2 includes the village, Barclay Heights and Malden. Allen said he will run for re-election. School Board member Angie Minew and marketing consultant Santos Lopez said this week they intend to seek the...
Saugerties Cub Scouts earn STEM award

Saugerties Cub Scouts earn STEM award

Seven members of Glasco Cub Scout Pack 135 have become the first members of the Rip Van Winkle Council to earn the STEM Dr. Louis Alvarez Super Nova Award. STEM learning, which focuses on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, has been taken on by the Boy Scouts of America to encourage the...
Letters (June 18-25)

Letters (June 18-25)

Keeping us in the dark on surveillance After several phone calls and email exchanges — none of which were with Chief Sinagra as he has yet to return any correspondence from me personally in reference to the use of cameras or jaywalking — I was able to speak with our chapter of the Civil Liberties...
Making dandelion wine

Making dandelion wine

Dandelions, dandelions, dandelions everywhere, but not a drop to drink! With that in mind, I decided to take a step beyond just enjoying the sea of yellow that my yard was sporting. I would make dandelion wine. With great resolve, I got my basket and set out to gather the blossoms, early in the morning,...
Saugerties Cons, GOP team up against “radical left-wing” agenda

Saugerties Cons, GOP team up against “radical left-wing” agenda

Two years ago, there were no more bitter enemies in Saugerties politics than Republican Chairman Joe Roberti Jr. and Conservative Chairman George Heidcamp. Each backed a different candidate for town supervisor and while the two camps attacked one another, Democrat-endorsed Independence Party member Greg Helsmoortel cruised to victory. The Conservative Caucus, held June 11, showed...
Former Saugerties top cop’s artsy cop car vandalized

Former Saugerties top cop’s artsy cop car vandalized

Former Village of Saugerties Police Chief Bill Kimble’s “Cruisin’ Around Saugerties” streetscape car, “The Prowler,” was vandalized last week, but it has been restored and set up in a new spot. The vandalism was apparently an attempt to steal the model, Kimble said, as the bolts holding it to the stand had been removed. However,...
Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

An informational meeting on the Pilgrim Pipeline scheduled for Thursday, June 18 has been cancelled. The town did not say if the meeting would be rescheduled. The meeting concerned a proposed oil pipeline from Albany to New Jersey which would pass through Saugerties. Many other towns have taken a position already. The Saugerties Town Board...
Water chestnut eradication effort continues

Water chestnut eradication effort continues

With summer approaching, Esopus Creek Conservancy once again begins its program to control invasive water chestnut plants in the Saugerties Cove. The challenge is ongoing and our methods are ever-changing as we continue to understand more about how this plant grows and spreads. Over the years, hardy volunteers in kayaks and rowboats pulled and cut...
Letters (June 11-18)

Letters (June 11-18)

Dear Bob Mr. Aiello- Hope all is well? Just wanted to respond to your wonderful letter to the editor. It really shocks me that someone who served in the legislature so long is so unversed in the laws of tax collection in Ulster County. First off you say after three years, the properties go up...
Saugerties softball player attacks umpire

Saugerties softball player attacks umpire

Adam W. Bacon, 20, was arrested Friday, June 12 and charged with third-degree assault for attacking the umpire of a softball game in which Bacon was a player. Police said after a June 10 game at Cantine Field, Bacon got into a verbal dispute with one of the umpires over the type of calls the...
Sparklers will be sold in village

Sparklers will be sold in village

Village of Saugerties trustees have decided not to ban the sale of sparklers for the Fourth of July. County legislators recently approved a measure allowing the sale of sparklers in the county for July 4 and New Year’s Eve. That law went into effect on Monday, June 1. Still, towns and villages can opt to...
Minor works: The tenth annual Sawyer Film Festival

Minor works: The tenth annual Sawyer Film Festival

The Sawyer Film Festival is something students work toward all year long. It’s a night of celebration and glamour after a school year of nail-biting, hair-pulling and struggle. On Friday, June 5, approximately 400 people gathered in the high school auditorium to view the work of this year’s computer video production (CVP) and broadcast journalism...