May 2009
Grand Opening :: Beacon Vintage

Sam Camhe has opened Beacon Vintage at  216 Main Street. Formerly incarnated as Mostly Modern of Park Slope, this 20th century modern furnishings shop has reloacted to Beacon. For more information call (845) 838-0508 or (917) 538-5542.

May 2009
Grand Opening :: Beahive

Scott Tillitt has launched Beahive in that coveted space at 291 Main Street.

Fundamentally, Beahive is a shared workspace for freelancers, solo-preneurs, consultants and creative professionals. The greater vision is to promote and represent the city as a progressive, creative, lively community by strengthening the local economy and supporting the growing creative forces and microbusinesses in the area.

Find more about what/why/who at Beahive Online.

Apr 2009
Main Street Tree Plan Update

The Main Street Tree Committee has posted an update to the Main Street Tree Plan. The update includes information about work scheduled to begin immediately.

The committee's goals in developing the Main Street tree plan were first, to protect people's health, safety and welfare; second, to insure the health and longevity of all existing and proposed trees; and third, to further increase the social, economic, and environmental vitality of our Main Street.

Apr 2009
Swine Flu

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationallly — to date there are 45 reported cases in New York City.

Yesterday, CDC issued a travel warning recommending that people avoid non-essential travel to Mexico. This is an evolving situation and you can find updated guidance and new information on the CDC website.

There are everyday actions you can take to stay healthy.

  • • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • • Follow all local health recommendations.  For example, you may be asked to put on a surgical mask to protect others.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • • If you are ill with fever and other flu symptoms like cough and sore throat, see a doctor, especially if you think you may have had contact with someone with swine flu in the 7 days before becoming ill.
  • • The recommended prescription influenza antiviral drugs for swine flu are oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (Relenza®). If you are infected with swine flu, these drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. These drugs also can prevent influenza when they are given to a person who is not ill but who has been or may be near a person with swine flu. Recommendations: There is no recommendation for the general population to take these drugs as a preventative but if you are part of a high-risk group please contact your doctor.

Special Considerations for Children
Aspirin or aspirin-containing products (e.g. Pepto Bismol) should not be administered to children (younger than 18 years) due to the risk of Reye syndrome. For relief of fever, other medications are recommended such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Advil®).

Apr 2009
Homeowner Help

FICO, the company responsible for the eponymous credit score  that haunts us all, has unveiled a new website — Mortgage Relief Online — to help homeowners determine if they qualify for a loan modification. If so, an owner can get further assistance, free of charge, through a nonprofit credit-counseling organization.

This is not a US government website. Federal resources include: the Making Home Affordable Website, the HOPE Hotline (888-995-HOPE), and the Recovery Act Website

Apr 2009
Scott Murphy Wins Congressional Seat

Scott Murphy will be the second consecutive Democrat to represent the 20th District, a mostly Republican district north of Beacon. The seat became vacant when Governor Paterson named Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate, succeeding Hillary Clinton, now U.S. Secretary of State.

The special election held on March 31 drew national attention. Republican James Tedisco, a seasoned politician, was the early heavy favorite but the race grew very tight. Election night results were so close that absentee and military ballots had to be counted. Almost a month later, with vote recounts and absentee ballots counted and recounted,  Tedisco conceded defeat on Friday afternoon.

Read the full Mid-Hudson News article.

Apr 2009
EPA Applauds Beacon Sloop Club

In conjunction with Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented Environmental Quality Awards to representatives from 26 projects across New York State for their efforts to protect the environment.

The Beacon Sloop Club was recognized as "a volunteer organization that consists of approximately 300 members dedicated to cleaning up the Hudson River and its environs, educating the public on environmental issues, and promoting environmentally sound practices. In 2008, the club held five festivals on the waterfront, bringing more than 10,000 people to the Hudson. In particular, the festivals focused on cleanup of the shoreline, environmental education, and green technologies. The club maintains the “Woody Guthrie,” a replica 19th century ferry sloop and provided free educational sails to more than 1,200 people in 2008."

Read the full press release.

Apr 2009
New City Council Video

Watch full online video of our latest city council meetings. Watch now >>

Apr 2009
The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

Alec Wilkinson's portrait of Pete Seeger hits bookshelves today.


The past few years have been a time to celebrate Pete Seeger, the great American folk singer and social activist, who will turn 90 on May 3.
Seeger sang his late friend Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" alongside Bruce Springsteen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in January, closing the star-studded concert preceding Barack Obama's inauguration. In February, Seeger's "At 89" won the Grammy Award for best traditional folk album. [...]
Now comes "The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger" by New Yorker staff writer Alec Wilkinson. [...]
"Too much has been written about me, and at too great length," Seeger [said]. "What's needed is a book that can be read in one sitting."
What resulted is a slim, lucid volume that, despite its quick pace and casual tone, manages to engagingly pack in all the key twists and turns in Seeger's very full life. Wilkinson also finds room to bring us on visits to Seeger's Beacon, N.Y., home overlooking the Hudson River, where we observe him having lunch and bantering with Toshi, his wife of more than six decades, making syrup from tree sap he collected in buckets, and reflecting on his life's meaning.

Read the full review

 Available on Amazon and at real bookstores near you.

Apr 2009
2009 Summer Programming

The Recreation Department has posted registration forms for the first two programs of the 2009 season — swimming lessons for kids and a kayaking program for adults. May is the official start of summer programs but registration deadlines may be earlier. Find more information on the Recreation Department page.