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News That Matters – Monday, January 31, 2011

A blog site from Yonkers called, “Rising Times” is reporting that Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy gave a company called WPD Concepts, LLC., a significant amount of money during his 2007 election. The article hints that Mr. Levy spent $75,000 to ensure an uncontested race but I’ll leave that up to the Feds to decipher. […]

News That Matters – Monday, November 15, 2010 – The Anniversary Edition

Early maps show Philipstown being more recatngularish from when it was divvied up among the Philipse Family. The 1892 USGS map shows the current westernmost line of Kent, the line that runs along the Philisptown Pike (Route 301) AND the *old* town line as well. That line is missing from the 1941 map which has the current town lines in position. […]

News That Matters – July 7, 2010

Come November 1st, a new state law will require that automobile drivers leave a “reasonable distance” between themselves and bicyclists on the roads when passing. And while this requires some drivers to start paying attention it also requires bicyclists to do the same. If you’re riding two feet inside the white line it’s virtually impossible for a driver to give you your three-feet else they’d be in oncoming traffic. So please, bear a little of the burden of mutual safety and move to the right when a car comes up behind you. Okay? Thanks. […]

News That Matters – January 29, 2010 – Things To Do Edition

Many of my Democratic Party friends were enthused by the President’s speech the other night. But we’re still in Afghanistan, gays still cannot serve openly in the military and are being discharged at an alarming rate, and health care “reform” has turned into a trillion dollar handout to insurance companies who are already making millions. They say, “be patient”. I say, “Don’t blame me. I voted for Nader” […]

News That Matters – December 30, 2009 – Last Word of the Year Edition

2009 will be remembered for a lot of things but mostly for the overt racism that exploded across the nation with the inauguration of the US’s first Black president. Along with the racism came a resurgence in anti-intellectualism. “Tea Baggers” and “Birthers” don’t seem to understand the difference between political philosophies and equate Communism and Socialism and Fascism, conflating them all into as single philosophy. This either reflects our national education system or… I don’t know what. But when the likes of Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and the Aile’s and Gannett and Murdock empires are doing the educating the outcome has been, as we’ve seen, deleterious to the social, moral and political health of our nation. I don’t know what the solution is but when we raise a generation of children as the one pictured below, we need to stop what we’re doing and take a hard look at ourselves. Have we made the sacrifices necessary to maintain and protect the Constitution? Have we worked hard enough to counter the lies and misinformation that passes as news? Have we looked beyond political loyalties and placed our faith in our communities instead? When we can answer those questions with honesty and altruism we may begin to repair the damage done our nation this past decade. But you have to act and you have to act now. […]

News That Matters – December 9, 2009

It’s going to cost a little more to provide for your traditional Christmas this year than it has in the past. In fact, it’s going to set you back some $21,465.56, a 1.8% increase over last year. There are some bright spots however: The 6 geese a laying cost $240 last year but only $150 this year. On the other hand, your three french hens increased by 50% from $30 last year to $45 this year. But those twelve lords a’ leaping? Wow! They don’t come cheap, at $4413 for the ten. The nine ladies dancing however, will set you back $5473, the most expensive item the list. You can see the full results here. […]

News That Matters – November 23,2009

Wednesday’s News That Matters will combine news and events for next weekend so if you’ve got something going on you want your fellow readers to know about please get it in pretty quick. I can’t post on Friday as it’s the traditional MAD DASH TO THE MALL DAY and I aim to be sitting in traffic, burning fossil fuels, contributing my share of greenhouse gases to global warming while waiting my turn to see Santa and give him my wish list and rudely jostle millions of fellow mall-goers forcing my way past them for that sale at Banana Republic. Honestly, how the heck are the reindeer going to fare after the ice melts? […]

News That Matters – September 25, 2009 – Things to do Edition

Congress has declared October as “Paint Your House Month”* which means it’s time for you to look around the exterior and interior of your home and realize that you’re either going to be stuck inside all winter and you can’t stand the dingy walls (and besides, when the family comes for Thanksgiving will they talk behind your back about the dreadful state of your dining room?) or that the exterior needs to be tightened up and sealed against the coming winter cold, wind and snow. Luckily, we here at News That Matters can help! Click here or call (845) 225-2104. […]

News That Matters – August 26, 2009

Named for American Indians who lived in the region, Wiccopee was also known as Johnsville for a time before reverting to its original moniker. Its historic business district ran along Fishkill Hook/Hook roads, south of Route 52. In all, 19 buildings in Wiccopee, including the hamlet’s 1825 Methodist Episcopal Church, are included in the town’s survey of historic structures. […]

Walkway Over The Hudson – Opening Day Weekend – October 2, 2009

Walkway Over The Hudson Schedule of events For Opening Day Weekend

Walkway Over the Hudson officially opens to the public at 3 p.m. Oct. 3.

Friday, Oct. 2

• 7-10 p.m. Grand Illumination of the Walkway; 1,000 paper lanterns carried by volunteers on the bridge, River of Light Promenade, light exhibition, hot air balloon display and fireworks.

Saturday, Oct. 3

• 9-11 a.m. Marist College Crew recreates the famed Poughkeepsie Regatta, between Rogers Point and the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

• 11 a.m. Formal opening ceremony with remarks by Gov. David Paterson. Invitation only.

• Noon-6 p.m. Clearwater Music Festival at Waryas Park, City of Poughkeepsie.

• Noon-6 p.m. One River, Many Streams Arts Festival presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council at Waryas Park, City of Poughkeepsie.

• Noon-6 p.m. River cruises leaving from Waryas Park.

• Noon-6 p.m. Highland HudsonFest, a street fair on Main Street and Vineyard Avenue in Highland.

• 1 p.m. Throwing open the gates by Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein.

• 1 p.m. Tying the Knot ceremony.

• 1:30 p.m. Walking on Air parade. Puppet procession.

• 2:30 p.m. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome flyover.

• 3 p.m. Walkway […]