Hudson River Interlude

Hudson River Interlude

Since late August I’ve been commuting from Beacon to Newburgh for work. It’s given me a renewed appreciation for the mighty body of water currently known as the Hudson River. Some days I have a camera with me. I was drawn to the combination of water and expansive skies and how they relate to theContinue Reading

The Myth of Progress and Eternal Growth

The Myth of Progress and Eternal Growth

The Open to the Sky project is winding up. Here are the last three events, which will be held from 4pm to 7pm this evening October 15th, at Polhill Park near the visitor’s center across from Bank Square Coffee on the corner of 9D and Main Street.   4pm Global Change and Resiliency Come joinContinue Reading

Help Get The Ground on the Air!

Help Get The Ground on the Air!

The push to get a Beacon radio station up and running is nearing the end of its fundraising efforts. Join us tomorrow night for the final push.   The Ground Radio Project presents:  KaRayRoyOke at DOGWOOD, Sat, October 11th, 9 pm Business in the front, Karaoke in the back with Ray Roy With Roving AudioContinue Reading

Bicycling 101 Postponed

Bicycling 101 Postponed

  Due to rain, The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council is re-scheduling the Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 course for October 17 and 18 (Friday and Saturday). Here is the updated information: The course will be October 17-18  in Poughkeepsie, near Route 55/Noxon Road and the WRS Dutchess Rail Trail. Do you feel confident and safe riding aContinue Reading

Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project

Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project

  The Beacon Hebrew Alliance is hosting a week-long plus a day celebration in October. Press release: Beacon, NY.  September 29, 2014 - In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Beacon Hebrew Alliance is pleased to invite everyone to Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project. This non-denominational celebration will take place over anContinue Reading

Beacon’s Spot Parking

Beacon’s Spot Parking

The concept of examining a comprehensive plan for parking in the City of Beacon came up at last week’s council meeting, when council member Lee Kyriakou asked that the topic be put on the workshop calendar. This a good idea, long overdue, although it might make sense to have the Beacon parking study undertaken byContinue Reading

Barb’s Butchery Back on Track

Barb’s Butchery Back on Track

  After a number of what can go wrong will go wrong scenarios, including a sewer line break, Barbara Fisher is hesitant to give an opening date for her butcher shop at 69 Spring Street. Initially preparing for an August opening, she is now keeping her fingers crossed and looking at some time in lateContinue Reading

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101

  The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council, in partnership with the New York Bicycling Coalition, is pleased to bring a Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 course to Dutchess County. The course will be held October 3-4 in Poughkeepsie, near Route 55/Noxon Road and the WRS Dutchess Rail Trail. Do you feel confident and safe riding a bikeContinue Reading

JV Forrestal To Send Kids Walking

JV Forrestal To Send Kids Walking

 Emily Dozier is the senior planner for the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council. She sent out a note regarding National Walk to School Day. One of the goals of the new county-wide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, Walk Bike Dutchess, is to support more local involvement in Walk to School Day. Online registration is open for thisContinue Reading

Beacon’s Parking Creep

Beacon’s Parking Creep

No, this is not about somebody lurking in the City’s parking lots. This is about why we feel the need to turn over more space in the city to put our cars while they’re not going anywhere. As reported here a while back, last year’s capital budget for the city set aside about a millionContinue Reading

$4,000 Sidewalk Madness on Herbert Street

$4,000 Sidewalk Madness on Herbert Street

Herbert Street residents facing sidewalk bills of $3000 to $4,000 dollars descended on city hall this evening to express their opinions on the matter. All the residents were unhappy that they were not notified by mail of the construction, or given an estimate of what their portion of the cost might be. Most were alsoContinue Reading

Tune in and Get Grounded With Beacon Radio

Tune in and Get Grounded With Beacon Radio

Wigwam will go back to regular posting this Monday. Meanwhile, an exciting update from the folks at The Ground, Beacon’s Internet radio project. A Little About The Ground The Ground is an internet based community radio project in Beacon, NY. Giving voice to under-examined ideas, thoughts and action through music, art and conversation. The GroundContinue Reading

Node Will Host Crude Oil Pipeline Discussion at Newburgh Rowing Club

Node Will Host Crude Oil Pipeline Discussion at Newburgh Rowing Club

This Sunday, September 7, node  will host the art and activist project SeaChange, as it makes its way down river from Troy to New York City. Wigwam reported on node a while back, and it is going ahead full steam, with a change in location from the Long Dock building to the University Settlement Camp.Continue Reading

Latest Public Hearing on Airbnb Well Attended

Latest Public Hearing on Airbnb Well Attended

After perculating along for months with seemingly little interest from the public, the issue of Airbnb rentals in the City of Beacon has finally come to a bit of a boil. Although it wasn’t a complete sellout crowd at last night’s city council meeting, the so-called tourist home ordinance was the feature event of theContinue Reading

City Council Rushes Vote on Parking Garage Location

City Council Rushes Vote on Parking Garage Location

  Beacon’s city council voted 5-2 in favor of locating the parking garage on six acres of the former women’s prison. The remaining acreage, approximately 39 acres, is awaiting the release of a Request For Proposal from the State. Several council members appeared to vote yes based on safety concerns for highway department employees. TheContinue Reading

The Bridge Back To Beacon

The Bridge Back To Beacon

This is a follow-up to my last post, about my ferry commute to Newburgh on Tuesday morning. Because the ferry runs in the evening don’t start until 6pm, I decided to take a chance and see if the bridge bike path was open. It was. Next week I’ll probably start taking the bridge in theContinue Reading

An Intermodal Beacon Newburgh Ferry Ride

An Intermodal Beacon Newburgh Ferry Ride

I started a new job this week across the river in Newburgh. I don’t have a car, so I’ll be doing the 7-mile commute by bicycle, which is about 30-35 minutes each way at commuting pace. Because the work on the bike/pedestrian path on the Newburgh Beacon Bridge is undergoing repairs, I will be takingContinue Reading

A Sailing Opportunity

A Sailing Opportunity

The Vermont Sail Project is alive and well, and looking for two sailors. Harvest Sailing Ceres and her crew completed a second voyage down the Hudson earlier this summer, stopping in Mechanicville, Waterford, Troy, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton-on-Hudson, and Nyack, among other ports. Now we’re looking ahead to next weekend’s Tugboat RoundupContinue Reading

Scenic Hudson Concerned With Power Line Proposal

Scenic Hudson Concerned With Power Line Proposal

Wigwam received this action alert from Scenic Hudson this morning: ACTION ALERT: Public Comments Needed by Friday, Aug. 29! The state Public Service Commission (PSC) has released a proposed outline for moving forward new transmission line projects. The proposal basically starts the whole process over—without addressing any concerns raised by the Hudson Valley Smart EnergyContinue Reading

Beacon Taxpayers Poised To Save Millions

Beacon Taxpayers Poised To Save Millions

At a city council workshop several weeks ago, a simple way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars was put on the table by the highway department. And at last Monday’s city council meeting, Wendell Energy Services, LLC, outlined a plan to install LED street lighting, which it says will significantly reduce operating costs forContinue Reading

Beacon Adds Walls to Windows

Beacon Adds Walls to Windows

While Windows on Main Street version 10 (aka WOMSX, which reads like a radio station call or radical women’s group), is set to kick off on August 9, several of Beacon’s walls got a makeover this past weekend, courtesy of artists Amanda Marie and X-O, aka Mando and Hyland. The works, on the side ofContinue 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

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

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