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Budd Viertel (1959-2022)

Budd Viertel, 62, much-loved husband of Frances Granata Viertel and a former Cold Spring police officer, died at his home in Hyde Park on June 22 after a long and valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer. Budd graduated from Yorktown High School in 1977, received his associates degree from Westchester Community...
HYDE PARK, NY

Beacon Obituaries

Dwayne Holman (1956-2022) Dwayne D. Holman, 66, died on June 25. Dwayne was born on March 27, 1956, in Brooklyn to Wayne Eato and Martha (Grant) Holman. Dwayne was a proud resident of Beacon and was passionate about law enforcement. He worked at the Department of Corrections for 15 years and later retired from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office in Pomona.
BEACON, NY
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Legislators Dislike Report They Funded

Putnam legislators last week criticized the results of the $45,000 investigation they commissioned 18 months ago on then-Sheriff Robert Langley’s overtime practices. They also acknowledged that Langley’s successor, Kevin McConville, cut Sheriff Department road patrols from six to five — a reduction that county officials previously refused to confirm.
PUTNAM COUNTY, NY

New Trail Opens At Fahnestock

Fahnestock State Park in Philipstown got another big upgrade this week with the opening of the 9.5-mile multi-use Hubbard Perkins Loop Trail in the park’s northwest section. The project significantly reworks and reroutes parts of several existing trails to avoid sensitive wetland areas as well as makes the trails more suitable for running, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The $1.5 million project was planned and paid for by the Open Space Institute, through a mixture of private and public funds.
PHILIPSTOWN, NY

Accessory Dwellings to Move Ahead in Beacon?

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BEACON, NY

Reflections of a Local Life

Cross-hatching its annual Members’ Show and the celebration of its 150th anniversary this year, the Howland Cultural Center (HCC) has created a fusion of the two in Reflections of a Local Life, an exhibit that opens on July 2 and runs through July 24. The show features 50 works...
BEACON, NY

Anchors Away

The Cold Spring Fire Co. rescue boat has returned to service on the Hudson River for a fifth consecutive boating season. A designated crew will man the boat, a 21-foot Steiger Craft Chesapeake bought five years ago from the Newburgh fire department. Most of the company’s other firefighters are also trained to operate it, said Chief Jeff Phillips Jr.
COLD SPRING, NY

Castle Point Gets Reprieve

Senators reject report calling for facility’s closure. The Castle Point VA Medical Center in Wappingers Falls is off the chopping block. Members of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced on Monday (June 27) that they would not support an independent commission’s proposal to close the nearly 100-year-old facility and other VA hospitals as part of a reorganization of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
CASTLE POINT, NY

The Week Ahead

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NEWBURGH, NY

Beacon’s Navigators

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BEACON, NY

Dutchess To Add Mental Health Beds

County partners with MidHudson Regional on project. Dutchess County and WMCHealth announced on Tuesday (June 28) that a new Behavioral Health Center of Excellence with additional beds for mental health patients is planned for MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie. The county is contributing $3 million to the project, which will...
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NY

Bulldogs’ 15U Continues to Roll

Beacon’s 15U baseball team continued its scorching play in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League’s summer season, sweeping a doubleheader from the visiting Fairfield County Captains on Saturday (June 25) and then dominating the Valley Pirates (of Shrub Oak), 10-0, on Tuesday (June 28) evening at Beacon High School.
BEACON, NY

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PUTNAM VALLEY, NY

Small, Good Things: Summer Comfort

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Station Platforms To Undergo Repairs

The replacement of the track-side and street-side edges of the platforms at the Cold Spring and Garrison Metro-North stations will begin on July 22 and continue through October. Track outages will affect both stations from 11 p.m. on Fridays to 4 a.m. on Mondays, when all trains will operate on...
COLD SPRING, NY

Living Green: Climate Warriors

When I was in college studying nutrition in the early 2000s, I heard about global warming. But it was nearly two decades later that I understood the severity of the crisis and got involved. Now, a growing number of young people, including many from our community, are working to solve...
PHILIPSTOWN, NY

Bridge Authority Names Deputy Director

The New York State Bridge Authority said on Wednesday (June 29) that Lauren Melendez will become its new deputy executive director. Melendez, a former assistant secretary for transportation in the administration of Gov. Kathy Hochul, will begin her tenure on July 11, becoming second in command at an authority that oversees the Bear Mountain and Newburgh-Beacon bridges, and three other Hudson River crossings.
POLITICS

Who Seeks Abortions

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on June 24 eliminating a constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade in 1973 had been expected ever since a draft of the decision was leaked in May. But it still shocked local residents. The next day, First Presbyterian Church in Cold...
COLD SPRING, NY

Beacon Youth League Awarded $20K

Beacon Junior Baseball is receiving a $20,000 grant for equipment, uniforms and concession-stand upgrades. The league is one of 20 nonprofit organizations sharing $328,740 in the latest round of awards from Dutchess County’s Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids grant program. It organizes teams for children between 4 and 12 years old.
BEACON, NY