Memorial Weekend Traffic Report

Memorial Weekend Traffic Report

On holiday weekends like this, traffic in the real world gets crazy, but it tends to go way down here on Wigwam. So we’ll herald the unofficial opening of the summer season with another photo gallery. After the long weekend, we’ll plunge back into the fun stuff; parking, for instance, and development. Meanwhile, please enjoyContinue Reading

Can Engineering Ingenuity Help Prevent Future Droughts in Beacon?

Can Engineering Ingenuity Help Prevent Future Droughts in Beacon?

Beacon experienced severe drought conditions last year. The city faces drought conditions more frequently than neighboring municipalities because one of its main water sources sits way above it, in a reservoir at the top of Mt. Beacon. To recharge, it relies on precipitation, gaining water when it rains or snows directly into the reservoir, orContinue Reading

Newburgh Beacon Bridge Walkway Closed Today (Wednesday)

Newburgh Beacon Bridge Walkway Closed Today (Wednesday)

Sorry for the late notice. The walkway was closed most of the day Tuesday as well. If you cross before 8am and return after about 4:30, you should be okay. The bridge authority has had signs up for a few days, though the wind blew them down on Tuesday. They also sent us a pressContinue Reading

Spring Interlude: Creek, River, Town

Spring Interlude: Creek, River, Town

Spring has been breaking out big time in the past week, and it’s been a while since we did a Wigwam slide show. I’ve photographed most of these places many times. This time of year the light can change dramatically minute to minute, and the foliage day to day. Click on a thumbnail to start.Continue Reading

Requiem For a Beacon Mill

Requiem For a Beacon Mill

  After 202 years, one of the oldest standing mills in Dutchess County, built in 1814 at the corner of Main and East Main on the Fishkill Creek, is being demolished with little fanfare over the course of a beautiful week in April, 2016. I just hope someone is planning to save a few bitsContinue Reading

Bridge Closed Today & Other April Updates

Bridge Closed Today & Other April Updates

“Я вижу Землю . Это так красиво.” (“I see Earth. It is so beautiful.”) Yuri Gagarin, April 12th, 1961 April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three-hundred and sixty-four. Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar. Sweet April Showers/ Do Spring May Flowers Thomas Tusser, 1597, A HundredContinue Reading

Planning Board Gives Green Light to New Gas Station on Main Street

Planning Board Gives Green Light to New Gas Station on Main Street

  Earlier this week Beacon’s planning board issued a Certificate of Appropriateness for a new gas station on the western end of town at the intersection of Main Street and Cross Street. Because the station will be in an historic district, the certificate was a required first step. The final site plan approval process “willContinue Reading

Beacon Farmers Are Back To Work

Beacon Farmers Are Back To Work

  Not that they ever completely stopped, but now the real action begins for our local farmers. We stopped in at Stony Kill at 79 Farmstead Lane off 9D, two miles north of the I-84 exit, to visit the Common Ground Farm fields and ran into farm manager Susan Paykin, who was in the greenhouseContinue Reading

Beacon’s Public Works

Beacon’s Public Works

It’s been fifteen years since the Beacon High School building was completed, and twenty since that great public works edifice, the Municipal Building, was dedicated in 1996. Now, rising smack in the midst of several hundred acres of former prime farmland, comes the latest structure paid for by the citizens of Beacon (we won’t countContinue Reading

City of Beacon’s Real Estate Savvy Quotient

City of Beacon’s Real Estate Savvy Quotient

  Some of the real estate dealings involving the City of Beacon appear puzzling, at least when looking in from the outside. For instance, the city recently purchased a lot on the creek for over half a million dollars. Yet only two years ago, it sold a prime double city lot in the heart ofContinue Reading

The River and The Bridge: Last Days of January

The River and The Bridge:
Last Days of January

  Time for another photo interlude here at Wigwam. Due to technical difficulties with our on site slideshow app, we have created an album on google for you. I make my way across the Hudson River twice a day most days. Last week, with sustained colder temperatures, the waters were finally showing signs of significantContinue Reading

New City of Beacon Newsletter is Light on Facts, Figures (and Copy Editing)

New City of Beacon Newsletter is Light on Facts, Figures (and Copy Editing)

  The City of Beacon recently published the first installment of its new quarterly publication, an electronic newsletter.”The City has launched this new information service which is intended to help you keep up on the ‘happening’ around City Hall, such as events, happenings, projects, and services” reads the introductory message from the city administrator. TheContinue Reading

Beacon Citizens Form Group Opposing Development

Beacon Citizens Form Group Opposing Development

  A goodly contingent from the newly formed Fishkill Landing Community Association appeared before the Beacon City Council on January 19th to argue against planned developments in the Linkage Zone. The group is petitioning the City to remove certain addresses from the Zone, including the Reformed Church of Beacon and rectory at 1113 Wolcott Avenue;Continue Reading

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Closed Without Warning

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Closed Without Warning

The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge  was closed one day this past December with no warning. It was 8:30 on a foggy Monday morning, and I was transporting my son to his bus stop, then heading to work. But when I arrived at the bridge, the gate was locked. The only possible explanation for the cyclist/pedestrian crossing beingContinue Reading

Wigwam Radio Tonight: Let’s Talk Beacon Central Schools

Wigwam Radio Tonight: Let’s Talk Beacon Central Schools

  Wigwam Radio will be sitting down with Meredith Heuer, chairperson of the Beacon Arts and Education Foundation,  tonight (Thursday, January 7) at 8pm streaming live on theground.town. Please join us for an illuminating discussion on the state of our school district. Wigwam Radio theground.town Thursday, January 7th 8pm-9pm

Beacon, Gentrified?

Beacon, Gentrified?

  Recently, we looked at how the teetering economy will likely turn Beacon’s housing boom into a bust. But what if all the glaring indicators of severe engine trouble are wrong, and don’t mean what they usually mean, or the Federal Reserve’s head mechanic Janet Yellen breaks out her magic toolbox and tinkers around aContinue Reading

Beacon Housing Boom Will Bust

Beacon Housing Boom Will Bust

This is the hottest I’ve ever seen it. It’s like a snowball; everybody wants to go to Beacon.” Beacon building inspector Tim Dexter In our last post at the end of November, we took a quick look at the rash of building projects and infrastructure repairs under way in Beacon, with the idea of takingContinue Reading

Beacon Under Construction: A New Dawn?

Beacon Under Construction: A New Dawn?

Everyone from developers to highway crews to homeowners has been taking advantage of an unseasonably warm November, working away like busy beavers before the snows and frigid temperatures force them into hibernation for the winter. Let the Unit Count Begin Much has been made of the number of “units” in various stages of planning aroundContinue Reading

Hudson Valley Brewery Live Tonight On Wigwam Radio

Hudson Valley Brewery Live Tonight On Wigwam Radio

Our guests this evening on Wigwam Radio, streaming live at 8pm from The Ground, Beacon’s homegrown radio project, will be John-Anthony Gargiulo, president of Hudson Valley Brewery, and Justin Riccobono, farm director of Dutchess Hops.  We’ll be chatting with them about the new brewery being created on the east end of Beacon, and how itContinue Reading

Public Hearing on Beacon Theater Tonight

Public Hearing on Beacon Theater Tonight

  Last month the planning board entertained a first look at the developer’s proposal for the Beacon Theater, at 445 Main Street, which included 32 apartments and a room on the second floor designated as a space for performances. Tonight’s planning board meeting will officially open the public hearing on application for site plan approval,Continue Reading

The Beacon Theater PlansTonight on Live Radio

The Beacon Theater Plans
Tonight on Live Radio

Tonight we’ll be looking at the recent sale and development plans for the Beacon Theater on Main Street. The current proposal calls for 32 apartments and a small theater space. Our guest is Terry Nelson, founder and director of the Beacon Independent Film Festival, and a member of the grassroots group, Save The Beacon Theater.Continue Reading

Interlude: Beacon Loop Trail, Fall Edition

Interlude: Beacon Loop Trail, Fall Edition

As Europe continues to struggle with mass migrations, as the global economy continues to groan under the weight of more and more unpayable debt, as the U.S. continues its slide toward third world status, here in Beacon we await our local election results. Will the “new” city council begin to seriously tackle some of ourContinue Reading

Beacon Politics and Theater

Beacon Politics and Theater

Is it political theater, or theater politics? Is there a storm brewing between a developer and the Beacon art community? Or will everyone play nice? Will there be no parking spaces, or 200 parking spaces? Is a Beacon Democrat just a Republican in Independent clothing? Find out, or be further confused, at two fun publicContinue Reading

Local Turnip Greens From Beacon’s Farmers Market

Local Turnip Greens
From Beacon’s Farmers Market

The last of the trailing hurricane rains left the Hudson Valley on Saturday, and Sunday dawned a classic, sunny October morning. After a quick stop to see what was happening at the Beacon Flea Market, (open Sundays through November 15) my companion and I headed to the Beacon ferry dock to the farmer’s market. OurContinue Reading

Beacon Goes To Stage II Drought Emergency

Beacon Goes To Stage II Drought Emergency

  The City has moved from a Stage I Drought Alert to Stage II Emergency. Wigwam listed the Stage I actions and prohibitions in an earlier post: Beacon Is a Dry Town. From the city code: Stage II: 40% of reservoir capacity or one well out of service. If at any time the Water SuperintendentContinue Reading