In the May issue of Chronogram, Beacon is featured in the article Lighting the Way: Beacon Brightens Up. Written by Kathleen DiSimone, with photographs by Jennifer May, the piece explores economic and cultural trends in Beacon.
What is National Night Out? It's America's night out against crime - a unique crime/drug prevention event held simultatenously in over 14,000 communities. Beacon will highlight activities to keep kids active and away from gangs, drugs, and crime.
On August 4, 2009 Beacon Youth Services invites children and their families to Memorial Park from 5:30pm until dusk for a huge block party. Free food, free entertainment, free games, free raffles and free prizes. Fun for all ages: a home run derby, a soccer shoot out, horse shoes, bocci.
Beacon Youth Services is a collaboration of Beacon youth agencies. The founding organizations are Beacon Community Center, City of Beacon Recreation Department, Martin Luther King Cultural Center, and Kid’s Place A Place For Kids To Be II.
This year BYS is partnering with South Brett Street Community Watch and the City of Beacon Police Department to host a full day event and make it free to everyone.
BYS is calling for donations to make the day a success. Please contact Pam Seegler 845-838-9934 or Kathy Duertmann 845-797-5988 to see how you can help.
Anik and Art Burns have opened Beacon Bagel at 466 Main Street. Come eat a freshly baked bagel and celebrate the grand opening on Saturday, July 18, 2009. For more information call (845) 440-6958 or visit (soon) the Beacon Bagel website.
Daly Ramos has opened Just for Looks, a costume jewelry shop, at 428 Main Street.
Ceasar and Zoily Gononzalez have opened La Tienda, a Mexican food market, at 346 Main Street. The market carries Latin American groceries; fresh fruits and vegetables; and irresistable empanadas, arepas, and (on weekends) tamales.
The City of Beacon Recreation Department announces the opening of the University Settlement Camp pool for the summer season!
The pool will be open daily from July 6 until September 6, 2009.
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday — 4pm - 5pm
- Tuesday, Thursday — 3pm - 5pm
- Saturday, Sunday — 12 noon - 4pm
Beacon Residents: $5 Adult ($3 Child)
Non-Residents: $8 Adult ($5 Child)
Other places to swim in Beacon...
River Pool is a floating wading pool anchored in the open river on the north shore of Riverfront Park. The pool is a fun (free!) safe place to cool off and enjoy the grand Hudson River. Find more information at River Pool online. The pool will be open daily 12 noon - 6pm (except Mondays) from July 4 until September 6, 2009.
Beacon High School Pool is open to members early mornings and evenings. Find more information about hours and registration on the Beacon City School District website or call the athletic department at (845) 838-6900 x3230. Membership through June 30, 2010 is $135 (discounts available for students, seniors, and memberships expiring on December 31, 2009).
An open letter from Mayor Steve Gold:
In January, it was clear that the extent of the national financial crisis was uncertain, and that the 2009 and 2010 budgets would bring difficult choices. With that in mind, I stated then that at the midpoint of the year City Administrator Meredith Robson would present a financial report to chart the status of our budget projections. Knowing where we stand in mid-year 2009 can help us to prepare for 2010. A cornerstone of my administration and of the city council is to be honest and open. As when we faced difficult challenges in the past, I have taken this direct and immediate approach to inform you of the issues that would impact your future. The following analysis reveals several significant findings that I believe city residents should know as soon as possible. Please remember that these are projections: the actual state of our budget may be different by the end of the year.
The analysis has revealed that the 2009 budget will most likely hold up. Here are the mid-year estimates that may change by December 09: (1) Despite substantially reducing expected sales and mortgage tax revenues in the 2009 budget, we are now projecting our city’s revenue by the year’s end to be an additional five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) less than originally anticipated. (2) We found savings in the expense side of the budget and in insurance premiums of up to approximately five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). (3) The loss of sales tax-related revenue is offset by the budget savings, so the two balance out.
We are predicting serious and possibly unavoidable challenges for the 2010 budget. Again, these are only projections; the actual situation may change however I believe it is better to prepare for what may be the worst case scenario: (1) We will not be able to use our reserve fund (savings account) to balance the budget in 2010. This means that the one million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollar ($1,250,000) of the reserve fund that was used last year to fill the budget gap is unavailable for the 2010 budget. (2) For the reasons stated in the above paragraph, the 2010 budget will most likely reflect a reduction in the sales tax related revenue by five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). (3) To maintain the same level of service as 2009 for 2010, the combined revenue gap can be estimated to be one million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($1,750,000).
Last year the cities of Poughkeepsie and Newburgh spent down their reserve budget to zero. In Beacon, Meredith Robson and I suggest that we maintain a minimum one million dollar level in our reserve fund for emergencies and to maintain a positive bond rating. In addition we have one million dollars ($1,000,000) of reserve fund money due from grants which we anticipate to receive sometime in late 2009 or 2010 but with no certain arrival date.
I believe the following guidelines should be immediately applied to help improve the city’s financial outlook before the 2010 budget: (1) Support non-financial measures considered by the Council to build our Main Street tourism economy. We can all shop and dine in Beacon! (2) Support reasonable and balanced zoning that will increase our commercial and residential base while maintaining our quality of life and environment. Discussions concerning developments on the Fishkill Creek and the waterfront are underway that may yield several million dollars of annual revenue in a few years. (3) Limit or not fund any non-emergency capital projects including cars, trucks, highway equipment and roads to only those that can be paid for by grants, stimulus money and state/county entitlements. (4) We appreciate our city employees. However, in the spirit of the extreme financial situation we may face, union negotiations should form a compromise to create short-term contracts that reflect a freeze in wages to last only for the duration of the economic downturn. New contracts and adjustments for past sacrifices can be made when conditions improve. This measure may help prevent layoffs which are the absolute last action the city council may be forced to take under a budgetary emergency. (5) All new positions should be frozen unless it satisfies a public safety need, or be funded by a grant, or if will be self funded. (6) Continue the temporary local law that will require the council’s approval to refill all vacant budgeted positions. (7) When planning for the 2010 budget, residential or commercial property taxes should be capped to prevent over-taxation to balance the budget. (8) Require that all departments of the city reduce their operating budget by a percentage decided upon by the City Administrator. (9) Hold building and city fee levels if they were increased in 2009. (10) Advertise for grant writers to work for the city and be paid on a contingency basis for the grants they write.
These measures must be considered in the context of our struggle with the worst economic downturn in recent history. Every city and town in Dutchess County and the nation are facing similar challenges. Your council representatives and I welcome your suggestions and input. I am confident that if we work together we can bridge this gap and move on to better times ahead.
This letter has also been posted to Beacon Citizen Network.
Jan Barry has brought Clearwater and its laudable new venture in Beacon to the attention of Daily Kos readers.
Barry writes about Pete Seeger's enviromental activism, his stewardship of the Clearwater organization and the Next Generation Legacy Project. The first stage of the project is the Clearwater Center for Environmental Leadership, a youth education camping program opening this summer in Beacon.
Read more about the Clearwater Legacy on Daily Kos.
River Pool is a floating wading pool anchored in the open river on the north shore of Riverfront Park. The pool is a fun safe place to cool off and enjoy the grand Hudson River.
The season opens on July 4, 2009. The pool will be open daily 12 noon - 6pm (except Mondays) until Labor Day.
Find more information at River Pool online.
On Saturday, Beacon High School held commencement exercises for the 200 graduates in the class of 2009.
Thousands of family and friends came to applaud at Dutchess Stadium -- enjoying hot dogs, cotton candy and pretzels for a classic summertime celebration.
Interim principal Anthony DiMarco, valedictorian Aileen Coughlin, and salutatorian Evie Buckett addressed the crowd.
Find more information and photos at the Poughkeepsie Journal online.