Jun 2010
Use less energy. Save more green.

Summer Public Awareness Campaign

Energy Efficiency: 
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May 2010
News from Beacon Recreation

Summer parks programs, basketball, city-wide yard sale, and summer employment oppurtunities:

Registration is now open for Memorial Park and Green Street Park summer programs.
Programs run from June 28, 2010 through August 20, 2010.
Registration deadline is June 18, 2010.

Registration is open to youth ages 6 to 18.
City of Beacon Residents $50, each additional child in family $45.

Return completed registration form by Friday, June 4, 2010 by mail (or droppped it off at City Hall between 9am—3pm)
Or signup on May 15, 2010 9am—1pm at Loopers Court, RT 9D and South Ave.
All players will receive a summer league T-Shirt. Players in the instructional Pee-Wee & Intermediate Division will also receive a basketball.

Beacon Recreation is seeking qualified individuals for summer employment with the Recreation Department. With the closing of our pool in 2010, the department will be seeking summer counselors for our camp programs only. Complete and return the employment application by May 21, 2010.

Saturday, June 5th 2010 9am to 3pm

Attention Sellers: List your yard sale for $10 or talk to your neighbors and list 3 for $20. Your sale will be listed by street address. This list will be available to shoppers on the morning of the sale at City Hall as well as online for the weeks leading up to the sale. You will also receive a City Wide Yard Sale sign to mark your house on the day of the sale. The City Wide Yard Sale will be locally advertised by the Recreation Department.
Please submit your registration form and fees by May 31, 2010.

NEW! Online list updated with your sale after you register. Advertise your sale for weeks!

May 2010
Beacon City School District Budget Vote and Board Elections

Please come out to vote on the annual school budget for the fiscal year 2010-2011. Encourage your friends and neighbors to vote as well.

Today: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Time: 7 am - 9 pm
Poll Locations:
       Beacon High School - all voters who live in the City of Beacon
       Chelsea Firehouse - all voters who live in the Town of Wappinger
       Bus Garage - All voters in the Town of Fishkill north or west of Interstate 84
       Glenham School - Residents of the Town of Fishkill who live south or east of Interstate 84

If you are not sure where you vote, call the district clerk at (845) 838-6900 ext. 2017.

Apr 2010
Grand Opening :: Superfood Citizen Cafe

Sai Corson has opened Superfood Citizen Cafe, a raw-foods cafe, at 484 Main Street. The menu presents a interesting variety of raw and organic items including raw interpertations of pad thai, enchiladas, and maki-sushi.

For more information visit Superfoods online where you'll also find select housewares. Plus look for them at the local farmers' markets this summer. Proceeds benefit youth health programs.

Apr 2010
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Meeting This Wednesday

The City Council, the City’s Main Street Corridor Committee, and the Beacon Deserves Better group will meet this Wednesday April 21st, 7:00PM at the Tomkins Hose Firehouse (opposite City Hall, route 9D entrance) to discuss the Beacon Transit Oriented Development.

The public is invited to attend; however the discussion will be limited to designated participants from each group.

If you would like additional information about this topic please refer to the TOD Q&A presented February 8, 2010.

Thank you,
Steve Gold, Mayor

[Additional background information is compiled in Proposed TOD Zoning District Guide.]

Apr 2010
City Broadcast Station Committee

A message from Mayor Steve Gold —
Channel 22 is now a City of Beacon station. That’s new…it was formerly a Beacon High School project, and they did it well for many years. This is an exciting opportunity for the COB to reach out to the community. Along with announcements and council meetings we can broadcast, for example; segments about our city workers, their departments and how the city runs; feature interviews with ______ (fill in the blank); air pieces from our non-for-profit organizations to know more about them….lots of possibilities (send in your ideas)!

So the city needs a committee that will help formulate policy and guidelines for the station. Then, the committee will manage and schedule the broadcast programs, review submissions and solicit programs of interest or information. We have the technical guy already on staff.

If you have experience or training in broadcast media with knowledge of program management and/or scheduling….we really need you to volunteer (sorry it’s not a paid position)! And if you have no media experience at all and just want to be an active part of this committee, we need you to volunteer also! All indications are that this will be a pretty demanding committee to join but I bet really interesting.

Please send your resume to, subject: Broadcast Committee

[Originally posted to the Beacon Citizen Network]

Apr 2010
Resolution to Keep Stony Kill Open

A message from Mayor Steve Gold —

The following resolution was passed unanimously by the Beacon City Council on Monday night April 6, 2010. I informed the Stony Kill representative of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Albany Legislative Aid to the Senate and Assembly. This resolution will be sent to all Beacon, Fishkill and Wappingers state elected officials and the Governor. I was personally motivated to author the text after years of enjoying and appreciating Stony Kill and listening to the intensity of the City Council at the workshop the previous week.

[Originally posted to the Beacon Citizen Network] 


WHEREAS, Stony Kill Farm Environmental Educational Center (“Stony Kill”) is dedicated to
enhancing environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world in a facility
that includes over 1,000 acres of rolling country side, farmland, ponds,
woodlands, meadows, cultivated fields, and fallow fields; and
WHEREAS, facilities at Stony Kill include
1. The (Verplanck) Manor House finished in 1842. The Manor
House functions as a visitor center with offices for staff, reference library,
exhibit room and restrooms. The area around the Manor House includes a
perennial garden, herb garden, picnic tables, a large corn field, a large
grazing field for farmyard animals, trail head, and parking. The gardens are
maintained by the Verplanck Garden Club, Inc;
2. A newly constructed green designed Visitor Center which features enhances
programming in a dividable 80 person multipurpose room and supporting
accessible restrooms, kitchenette, lobby and wrap-around porch;
3. A 19th Century barn which houses beef cattle, pigs, sheep and chickens. Also inside the barn is a classroom used for education programs, events and as meeting space for other organizations. The
barn and animals are an important teaching tool for the education programs
offered to thousands of people who visit Stony Kill Farm throughout the year;
4. The Tenant Farm House, which is on the National Register for Historical Buildings.
The south-east portion dates back to the late 1600s-1700s;
5. An 18th Century Dutch stone house; and
6. Other features and building include a greenhouse, workshop, comfort station, pond,
picnic area, and community and raised bed garden plots. The community garden
plots are leased seasonally through the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc., and the
raised bed gardens are for people with disabilities and obtained through the
Verplanck Garden Club, Inc; and
WHEREAS, Stony Kill programs provide a unique educational experience that includes a year-round program for children, adults, educators, scouts, groups and the general public. Topics include
natural history, plants, animals, and natural resources. Instructors guide
groups in grades 1-6 groups through ecology lessons in forest and wildlife,
insect and pond life and agriculture. Pre-K and kindergarten school programs
conducted throughout the year. In order to meet the needs of local Girl Scouts
and Boy Scouts, Stony Kill Farm educators have designed hands-on activities and
programs focusing on ecology, wildlife, forestry and the world of the outdoors
to enable scouts to earn specific badges during our programs; and
WHEREAS, the Stony Kill provides a maintained trail system with trails of a variety of lengths through a number of habitats: woodland, thickets, fields, pond and marsh. Forested by hardwoods, it
has become home to an abundance of wildlife that include the barred owl,
red-tailed hawk, garter snake, the eastern gray squirrel, songbirds and other
wildlife like the bob-cat. The trail system includes: The Woodland Trail, a 1
mile ADA Accessible Trail, The Verplanck Trail, 1.5 miles, The Sierra Trail, 2
miles, The Freedom Trial 2.5 miles and The Muller Pond Trail .5 miles; and
WHEREAS, the agreement between the generous Verplanck family and the State of New York requires that Stony Kill be perated as an agricultural farm and if it is not used for that purpose for one
year, it will revert to the Verplanck family and no longer be open to the
public for farming, planting, hiking, recreation education or any public use.
NOW, THEREFOR, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Beacon does herby declare its strong and unwavering demand that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Legislature of the State of New York, The Senate of the State of New York and the Honorable Governor of the State of New York fully fund the Stony Kill Environmental Center and all of its programs and facility maintenance and use every effort to continue funding agriculture to the degree necessary to keep the center in the control of the DEC and not revert to the Verplanck family.

Apr 2010
Scheduled Renovations for Howland Public Library

HPL will close for renovations on April 9, 2010 and will remain closed until approximately May 15, 2010.

The renovations will include a new Children's Room with a program/homework room, a small public meeting room, space for more public computers, seating for wireless users, and more.

The cost of moving books and shelving, repainting and carpeting will come from donations and a generous bequest, grants from Senator Saland and former Assemblyman Tom Kirwan, and a $51,000 matching grant from New York State Library Construction funds.  No local taxes were requested to fund this project.

While HPL is closed, cardholders can use any Mid-Hudson Library System member library. Our neighboring libraries are expecting you:

Blodgett Memorial Library
37 Broad Street
Fishkill, New York 12524
(845) 896-9215

Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library
10 Morris Avenue
Cold Spring, New York 10516
(845) 265-3040

East Fishkill Public Library
348 Route 376
Hopewell Junction, New York 12533
(845) 221-9943

Grinnell Library Association
2642 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, New York 12590
(845) 297-3428

(Sadly, the Newburgh Free Library is not a MHLS member library.)

For more information and updates visit the HPL website.

Apr 2010
City Resumes Broadcasts on Channel 22

Broadcast of city council meetings has resumed on cable Channel 22.

The three most recent city council meetings will be broadcast each week:
    Last City Council Meeting  ::  Monday - Friday, 10am and 7pm
    2nd-to-last City Council Meeting  ::  Monday - Friday, 2pm
    3rd-to-last City Council Meeting  ::  Saturday and Sunday, 8am
    Tune-in for other archival broadcasts on weekends.

Want to watch these and other recordings online anytime? Find them in the Video Archive.

Apr 2010
Grand Opening :: Madison on Hudson

Allyson and Robert Dufour have opened Madison on Hudson, a communication design studio, at 544 Main Street. This creative boutique offers advertising, design, branding, and photography services. For more information call (845) 765-2750 or visit the Madison on Hudson website.