To help residents clear out branches felled in recent storms, the City of Beacon has scheduled special April curbside branch collection.
Residents should pile fallen branches along the curb and sidewalks. Limbs and branches must be cut into lengths on longer than 8 feet and can be no more than 8 inches in diameter.
All branches and limbs must be placed in small piles with the cut side facing the street. Longer limbs must be piled perpendicular to the street.
April 5 - 9 :: North side of mountain
April 12 - 16 :: South side of mountain
April 19 - 23 :: South side of Main Street
April 26 - 30 :: North side of Main Street
After this program ends, brush will only be collected on rainy days in the summer months.
Please call (845) 831-0932 to be placed on a list for pick-up.
According to the National Weather Service in Albany, Dutchess County is expected to be impacted by heavy rains forecasted to begin later today. Rain fall is expected to be steady throughout the overnight hours into Sunday. Heaviest rain is expected during the late afternoon and Saturday overnight. The storm has the potential to produce in excess of 2 inches of rain and should move out of the area by Sunday afternoon.
“We are advising residents whose homes and businesses are prone to flooding to take the necessary precautions to minimize any adverse impact due to the heavy rain,” said Emergency Response Coordinator John Murphy. “The weather is difficult to predict, but it is best to err on the side of caution and take some simple steps to prevent possible flooding.”
If any resident is facing an emergency situation because of a basement flooding up to the levels of their furnace or electrical panel please contact 911 for assistance.
Tips to minimize the impact of heavy rain and possible flooding include:
- * Keep drains clear of leaves, snow, ice and other debris.
- * Ensure that drainpipes are not obstructed.
- * Remove items stored in areas such as basements or sheds where flooding may have occurred in the past.
Heavy rains and flooding can be a problem for drivers, too. Residents are urged to exercise caution and heed the following travel advice to safely navigate wet roads:
- * Budget extra travel time to avoid being marooned on flooded roads.
- * Make sure you have enough fuel for your car.
- * Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
- * DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
A complete checklist with travel tips, flood prevention tips and how to deal with flooding is available on the Department of Emergency Response website. Residents can also log on to the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date weather information and advisories from the Albany office.
Barbara and Steven Paul Riddle have opened Marion Royael Gallery at 460 Main Street.
Marion Royael is a full service contemporary art gallery specializing in abstract, surreal and photorealistic art. Open: 12-7 Thursday-Sunday.
For more information visit the Marion Royael website or call (727) 244-5535.
Anne and Regina Furphy has opened Gourmetibles, a gourmet snack shop, at 494 Main Street. You may have noticed Gourmetibles' salty-sweet "candy that thinks it's a cookie" treats for sale at Hudson Valley shops but visit the Beacon headquarters for goodies, gifts, and tastings.
For more information visit the Gourmetible website or call (914) 489-0387.
A SNOW EMERGENCY is hereby declared in the City of Beacon effective Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8:00pm.
Heavy snow and significant snow accumulation is expected. The snow emergency is in effect until further notice. All motor vehicles shall be removed from all streets and highways no later than 8:00pm tonight, February 24, 2010.
By the order of the city administrator.
For the most updated closing and delay information visit the Hudson Valley Closings website.
Update on 10 February 2010:
The City Council met with the Main Street Corridor Committee and Beacon Deserves Better Committee on Dec 10, 2010. Also in attendance were City Administrator Meredith Robson, the City Planner David Stolman and County Planner John Clarke. The questions and answers discussed at that meeting have been compiled and posted as: TOD Q&A
The proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning district is an important issue before the Beacon City Council and all Beacon citizens. Please review the TOD resources page for details.
New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program announced $693,070 in funding for the development of 12 “eco-docks,” which will provide improved access for non-motorized boats in the Hudson River and Lake Champlain. The awards will serve as legacy projects of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration.
A $150,000 grant will enable the City of Beacon, in partnership with environmental organization Scenic Hudson, to build a kayak deck at Long Dock Beacon as part of a kayak center.
As reported by Mid-Hudson News.
Their city council votes may be non-binding, but students, who are members of youth groups like the Boy and Girl Scouts, school student government body, Explorer program, and others, may now serve on the Beacon City Council.
“We want our youth to make the connection that local government impacts their lives and to understand that they have a voice in shaping their future, if they get involved,” said Mayor Steven Gold.
Chosen students will have a seat at the table at a city council workshop and regular meeting, receive publicly distributed materials the council reviews, and have an equal voice in discussions. They will even have a vote – albeit non-binding.
The first group to participate in the program is the Venture Crew 203, part of the Boy Scouts and sponsored by the American Legion Post 203 in Beacon.
As reported by Mid-Hudson News.
AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax help in Beacon through April 15. The free, volunteer-run tax preparation service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special consideration to those age 60 and older.
AARP Tax-Aide counselors will be at two sites in Beacon:
Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street
â–º Mondays :: 10am to 1pm
â–º Thursdays :: 10am to 1pm
Southern Dutchess Community Action Agency, 554 Main Street
â–º Tuesdays :: 10am to 3:30pm
â–º Wednesdays :: 1pm to 5:30pm
Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment call 211 (The United Way Helpline)
For more information visit AARP Tax-Aide online.