Beacon Needs to Take Control of Former Prison Property

Beacon Needs to Take Control of Former Prison Property

As a cost-saving measure New York State has been closing prisons that it has determined are no longer essential. Our community was affected when the women’s correctional facility in Beacon was closed last September. There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30pm at Beahive, 291 Main Street (South Brett), to discussContinue Reading

Awnings & Bikes, Mid-Summer Weeds & Beer

Awnings & Bikes, Mid-Summer Weeds & Beer

  The city council workshop was Monday and it’s now Friday, and I’ve been trying to write the best ever blog post about awnings, and coming up short. And now I find out someone has already done a the best ever blog post about awnings! Bummer. Yes, it was another scintillating workshop session devoted inContinue Reading

Peoples Bicycle Opens On Main Street

Peoples Bicycle Opens On Main Street

Peoples Bicycle has been around in Beacon since 2009, first at a small space on South Chestnut, and more recently at an expansive warehouse location on Maple Street. After one and a half years of planning and engineering and structural repairs and build-out, this past Second Saturday marked the establishment’s arrival on Main Street proper,Continue Reading

Strawberry Moons, Shorter Days, Seafood, & Casinos

Strawberry Moons, Shorter Days, Seafood, & Casinos

Maybe from the title of this post you guessed that there was no city council meeting this week—only four per month allowed. So we’ll catch up on a few things, for those who care to follow a summer ramble… Friday, June 13 was the night of the Strawberry Moon, the Algonquin name for the  fullContinue Reading

Food Truck Update: Plan D Now in Effect

Food Truck Update: Plan D Now in Effect

  Well, it was tasty while it lasted, but Beacon’s only food truck will be offline again after this weekend, only a week since opening its windows for business at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. It appears that our fearless entrepreneurs may have been hoping for the best rather than dotting all the i’s andContinue Reading

Riverkeeper Sues Over Crude Oil Expansion In Albany

Riverkeeper Sues Over Crude Oil Expansion In Albany

  From the Riverkeeper newsletter: When it comes to protecting the environment and the public from the risks of crude oil transport along the Hudson, we mean business. That’s why Riverkeeper, along with four other environmental and community organizations, filed suit against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation June 9. Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance,Continue Reading

Beacon’s Historic Tioronda Bridge Lost To Neglect

Beacon’s Historic Tioronda Bridge Lost To Neglect

  Monday’s City of Beacon council meeting may have been the death knell for one of Beacon’s historic treasures. Just before the vote for consideration of a resolution to authorize submission of a funding application for the planning of the new South Avenue Bridge, council member Charles Kelly asked about the old bridge’s trusses, whichContinue Reading

Not Too Late For Summer Camp!

Not Too Late For Summer Camp!

  The three best things about being a teacher may be June, July, and August, but what’s a working couple to do with junior all summer long? Fear not! Send her to Common Ground Farm summer camp for a week or three. There are still a few openings available for weeks in late June, July,Continue Reading

New City of Beacon Website to Launch This Week

New City of Beacon Website to Launch This Week

  Those attending last night’s city council meeting got a preview of Beacon’s latest online presence. The team from the Dutchess County Office of Central and Information Services (OCIS) that designed the website took the crowd through its main features.  Tim Mahler, commissioner of the OCIS, said it is expected to be live within theContinue Reading

Ceremony Dedicating Park To Pete and Toshi Held At Strawberry Festival

Ceremony Dedicating Park To Pete and Toshi Held At Strawberry Festival

  Toward the end of a blue sky day for the Strawberry Festival at the Beacon waterfront, the remaining crowd gathered around the center stage to participate in the dedication of the park in memory of Pete and Toshi Seeger. Local and State politicians spoke about the couple’s lives and their passions, and how theyContinue Reading

Airbnb Regulations Getting Convoluted Fast

Airbnb Regulations Getting Convoluted Fast

  Meet Homeowner Example A, a family with a nice three-bedroom house in Beacon. They also have a vacation home in the Berkshires. On weekends when they head north, they rent out their Beacon house to tourists via a listing on Airbnb, using the extra income to splurge at Smokers Mecca. 271 feet away isContinue Reading

Beacon Food Truck Finds Success With Plan C

Beacon Food Truck Finds Success With Plan C

  First they tried a zoning variance. Then they applied for a vendor permit. Today The Beacon Bite opened up several feet from the Hudson River, at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. They are still waiting to hear about a permit from the city, and are also standing by as the city council considers adaptingContinue Reading

Rebirthed Beacon’s  Quaint Make-Over Rediscovered by New York Times!

Rebirthed Beacon’s Quaint Make-Over Rediscovered by New York Times!

  Look, the New York Times mentions Beacon! Here we go again, with the Times announcing our rediscovery, our rebirth, our make-over. These bits of journalistic cotton candy have been spun out with minor variations every two or three years for at least the past decade. Here’s one from 2007, when Clara Gould actually wasContinue Reading

City of Beacon To Revisit Waterfront Development, aka TOD

City of Beacon To Revisit Waterfront Development, aka TOD

With new zoning in place for the central part of town and the linkage area between Main Street and the river, the City of Beacon is now preparing to take on the waterfront area itself. Although the city has been planning to do this at some point, a recent meeting requested by Metro-North Railroad officialsContinue Reading

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge To Close For A Month

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge To Close For A Month

  The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge will be closed for at least a month to non-motorized traffic, starting today. Walkers, runners, and cyclists, already inconvenienced by the 93-million dollar road bed replacement that has been using their lane as a staging area, are now being turned back and told the bridge will be closed to non-auto trafficContinue Reading

Riverfront Park Renamed For Pete and Toshi

Riverfront Park Renamed For Pete and Toshi

The Beacon City Council officially passed a resolution earlier this evening renaming Riverfront Park. The new name is the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. After Mayor Randy Casale read the resolution into the public record, it was passed unanimously by the council. The mayor has also appointed a committee to carry out the furtherContinue Reading

Beacon Flea To Be Featured in Better Homes Magazine

Beacon Flea To Be Featured in Better Homes Magazine

Vendors were abuzz at the Sunday, June 1 edition of the Beacon Flea on Henry Street, as a crew of four from Better Homes and Gardens descended on the thriving market in preparation for an upcoming feature in the magazine. The Beacon market was chosen from a large pool of flea markets on the eastContinue Reading

New Parking Lot for East End On the Table

New Parking Lot for East End On the Table

The final item on the city council workshop agenda last night was a discussion of a new municipal lot just off Churchill Street on the east end of town. The mayor announced that the county is interested in a designated park and ride area within Beacon, and city and county officials will explore the ideaContinue Reading

Memorial Day 1958: Digger Phelps

Memorial Day 1958: Digger Phelps

  Beacon native Digger Phelps retired last month from his 20-year reign as an analyst for ESPN college basketball. Previous to that he was basketball coach at Notre Dame for 20  years, beginning at the age of 29. The street next to the town clock on the west end is named for him. The MayContinue Reading

Zoning Board Rules on Food Truck

Zoning Board Rules on Food Truck

  The zoning board of appeals for Beacon typically presides over fairly mundane, quotidian matters; two of the four applications being considered last night had to do with swimming pool setbacks, a third was for a porch rebuild. These decisions were efficiently dispatched by the board. But the fourth item on the agenda, “use varianceContinue Reading

New Constellation To Emerge Over The Hudson

New Constellation To Emerge Over The Hudson

“Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? ” —Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter toContinue Reading

Bike in Beacon Day

Bike in Beacon Day

  May is National Bike Month, and today is Bike to Work Day. Unfortunately, even after accounting for the persons hunched over laptops for hours at a time and presumably earning money that increasingly populate our cafes and coffee shops, there are still not many Beaconites working local jobs. There are, however, lots of peopleContinue Reading

The Node Needs YOU!

The Node Needs YOU!

  A new project is about to bloom in Beacon, with connections to New York City by railway and Newburgh by ferry. It’s an adaptive design and arts center called Node. The mission of Node is to provide a platform for education and resources exchange centered around ecological issues. It will explore low-impact, autonomous, and resilientContinue Reading

Plants, Baked Goods, & Old Clothes, Yum!

Plants, Baked Goods, & Old Clothes, Yum!

Common Ground Farm will be holding its annual plant sale right on Main Street this year, at  Tito Santana Taqueria. One block up is the For Goodness Bake sale, a fundraiser for a local lunch program for children (which will be supplied with nourishing food in part by Common Ground Farm.) And, as in theContinue Reading

Oil Terminal Across From Beacon Seeks Expansion

Oil Terminal Across From Beacon Seeks Expansion

Global Partners has applied for permits to expand its oil terminal facilities on the Hudson River, including one directly across from Beacon, to a capacity of 1.8 billion gallons of per year. According to a presentation last night at the Newburgh Free Library by Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper, the permitting process involves Federal and StateContinue Reading