This campaign is promoted by the NY Press Association in partnership with the NYS Conference of Mayors and the NYS Economic Development Council. Main Street merchants and restaurants statewide will offer special promotions and host street festivals.
Read more from the NYPA.
Tonight's Council Workshop is canceled. The next Council Meeting will take place on Monday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. and the next Workshop will take place on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
After a contentious summer, Fred Bobrow is closing the Retro Arcade Museum, a vintage pinball, video, and mechanical game arcade on Main Street. We are sorry to see him go.
Read more in the New York Times: Our Towns
Celebrate on Second Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 4pm
The Beacon Welcome Center will open its doors to the public on Beacon Second Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 4pm. The wonderful new building has been created by and will be staffed by Beacon volunteers. Come see inside, and enjoy light refreshments and entertainment by the students of Ballet Arts Studio & Dutchess Ballet Company.
The Center will serve as a welcome to visitors where they will be able to obtain information regarding the city and the area, helping visitors take full advantage of what the area has to offer. The Center will be staffed by volunteers starting Second Saturday and will be open on weekends: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am—6pm.
The Welcome Center is a striking example of what can be done when community members work together to realize a unique vision. Many volunteers working under the leadership of George Mansfield have made the most of a small amount of seed money from Preserve America. The Welcome Center would not be possible if not for the talent, generosity, and efforts of the following:
Alison Moritsugu, Aryeh Siegel, Bank Square CoffeeHouse, Beacon Highway Department Staff, Beacon Terminals, Beacon Water Department Staff, Bennett Gray, Bill Miller Box Design, Brothers Trattoria, Central Construction, Chris Ermides, Cindy Marsh, Clareann Grimaldi, Dan Spitzer, Dash Lock and Key, Denis White, Design Communications Ltd, Emmet Marron, Etha Grogan, Frank Baxter, Freddy McGrew,
Gary Joseph, George Mansfield, Hank Dutch, Home Depot, Homespun Foods, Hudson Valley Paint and Decorating, James Westwater, Jennifer Smith, Jerry Landisi, Jessica Wickham, Jill Reynolds, John Joseph, Joseph Ayers, Justin Riccobono, Kazumi Tanaka, Lani Offen, Laurel Smith, Linda Hubbard, Local 5 Bricklayers, Maneri Roofing, Marjam, Marlene Fredericks, Max’s on Main, McMillen Plumbing, MetConix, Minute Man Construction, Mixture, Modart, Montfort Brothers, Niche Modern, Norm and Ann MacCleod, Palisi Auto Body, Pat Freeman, Pat McElduff, Patrick Kerr, Pleasant Ridge II, Poppy’s, Randall Martin Design, Randall Okey, Ray Moore Concrete, Reliable Glass, Riverview Industries, Ronnie Farley, Sara Pasti, Shane Hobel, SK Electric, Stefen Petric, Stephen Clair, The Creamery, Valenti Concrete, Wendy Gilvey, Willy Vassalo, Zora Dora
Beacon resident Cindy Marsh is coordinating the volunteers. Two training sessions have been held with the assistance of Mary Kay Vrba and Lydia Higginson of Dutchess County Tourism, and Linda Hubbard of RiverWinds Gallery. RiverWinds Gallery, at 172 Main St, will continue to function as the Beacon Information Center when the Welcome Center is not open. If you are interested in volunteering to work at the Welcome Center, please contact Brian Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org or (845)838-5000 x510.
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a $500,000 New York Main Street (NYMS) Program grant. The grant funds will be matched by private investment by participating property owners. The funds are for practical and aesthetic improvements to the central area of Main Street. Additionally, the City of Beacon Facade Improvement Fund will add to the restoration allotment.
NYMS Program provides financial resources and technical assistance to communities to strengthen the economic vitality of the State's traditional Main Streets and neighborhoods.
City of Beacon residents can still take advantage of Central Hudson’s rebates for energy efficient cooling equipment:
Central Hudson will give you a mail-in rebate of $50 toward the purchase of a new, Energy Star window air conditioner (or $100 toward a through-the-wall unit). To qualify, you must turn in your old unit at the Hudson Valley Mall Sears in Kingston and get a Proof of Recycling certificate. You may purchase the new Energy Star unit at any store or over the Internet. For more information and a rebate form, go to www.SavingsCentral.com or call (866) 706-3995. This program runs until September 15, 2010.
Central Hudson is offering a rebate of $600 for installing a new, energy efficient central air conditioning system in your home. A participating Trade Ally, all of which are listed on www.SavingsCentral.com, must install the system. Ductless split systems and air-source heat pumps qualify for this rebate if they meet the energy efficiency requirements. For more information, go to www.SavingsCentral.com or call (800) 515-5353. This program runs until December 31, 2011.
Earn a rebate of $50 for your old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer. Central Hudson will have the unit picked up for free, and there is no purchase necessary. Old unit must be between 10 and 30 feet in size and must be operational. For details, or to make an appointment for pick-up, go to www.SavingsCentral.com or call (866) 706-3995. This program runs until December 31, 2011.
The long awaited Beacon shuttle is now running. The loop runs from the train station, up Beacon Main Street, then continues on to Fishkill. This test phase of the BLT is scheduled to run through November.
FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, and SUNDAYS -- plus LABOR DAY MONDAY
Fare: $2, or $5 All-You-Can-Eat-BLT Day Pass
|Beacon BLT Stops|
|1. MNRR TRAIN STATION
City Side Exit Ramp
Museum Entrance, 3 Beekman
3. BANK SQUARE
Bank Square Coffehouse, 129 Main
4. MARKET SQUARE
Howland Library, 313 Main
5. FOUNTAIN SQUARE
Brothers Trattoria, 465 Main
6. BEACON FALLS
SE corner of East Main & Main
7. GROVEVILLE MILLS
Virgo's Cafe, 469 Fishkill Ave
|11:10 12:10 1:10 2:10 3:10 4:10 5:10 6:10
11:13 12:13 1:13 2:13 3:13 4:13 5:13 6:13
11:18 12:18 1:18 2:18 3:18 4:18 5:18 6:18
11:22 12:22 1:22 2:22 3:22 4:22 5:22 6:22
11:24 12:24 1:24 2:24 3:24 4:24 5:24 6:24
11:26 12:26 1:26 2:26 3:26 4:26 5:26 6:26
11:30 12:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30
|Fishkill BLT Stops|
|8. FISHKILL VILLAGE SQUARE
In parking lot behind CVS
9. VAN WYCK HALL
Across from Village Hall, 1090 Main
10. CHURCH STREET
Fishkill Food Pantry parking lot entrance
11. HOTEL SIERRA
12. COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
13. HILTON GARDEN INN
14. HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
15. HAMPTON INN FISHKILL
|11:34 12:34 1:34 2:34 3:34 4:34 5:34 6:34
11:36 12:36 1:36 2:36 3:36 4:36 5:36 6:36
11:39 12:39 1:39 2:39 3:39 4:39 5:39 6:39
11:44 12:44 1:44 2:44 3:44 4:44 5:44 6:44
11:48 12:48 1:48 2:48 3:48 4:48 5:48 6:48
11:51 12:51 1:51 2:51 3:51 4:51 5:51 6:51
11:56 12:56 1:56 2:56 3:56 4:56 5:56 6:56
12:00 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00
|Returns to Beacon train station.
All stop times are estimated and may vary due to traffic.
The BLT is brought to you by a partnership of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and the Fishkill Business Association, with financial assistance from the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency.
The annual Spirit of Beacon Day Parade is fast approaching! Registration and information forms for the parade have been posted on the City Events Calendar.
In order to improve your sanitary sewer lines, they will be inspected for leaks and improper tie-ins by means of smoke testing.
Tests will be conducted in the areas of Beekman Street, Rock Hill Road, Talbot Avenue, Sivers Place, West Main Street, VanNess Road, Tompkins Avenue, North Avenue, Bank Street, High Street, Deerfield Place, River Street, Dutchess Terrace (Verplanck Avenue to the dead-end), Branch Street, and Barrett Place during the week of August 31, 2010 to September 3, 2010.
Residents of these areas will be notified on a daily basis of the testing. The smoke is not harmful to people or furnishings. It is almost odorless and leaves no residue. Smoke cannot enter buildings unless potentially dangerous conditions exist.
Any smoke discovered within a building should be immediately reported to the men conducting the tests or by calling the Water Department at (845)831-3136.
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 7pm in the Municipal Center Courtroom (1 Municipal Center)
The City Council of the City of Beacon will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 30th at 7:00pm regarding a Proposed Local Law Pertaining to the Regulation of Amusement Centers and an agreement with the Martin Luther King Cultural Center for funding the Dial-A-Van and Meals on Wheels programs.