Green Teens Needs Your Help, Beacon!

Green Teens Needs Your Help, Beacon!

Lots of stuff coming your way from Wigwam, but wanted to take a second to remind everyone to VOTE for Green Teens to help them win a $15,000 grant. Evidence of the Green Teens program, which recently turned 10, can be seen all over town, with the latest installments being gardens on the west end,Continue Reading

Beacon and the Tourism Trap

Beacon and the Tourism Trap

  I’ve lived in this city since it was an industrial community, and that was our economic engine. Today, our economic engine is tourism. ” Beacon mayor Randy Casale, April 2015 Last night was Second Saturday and one imagines it was exactly what a successful Second Saturday was envisioned to look like when the monthlyContinue Reading

Beacon Bike Fridays!

Beacon Bike Fridays!

  Hey, prime cycling weather is here, and Wigwam is adding a feature for all you Beacon Bicyclists, present and future! Every Friday we’ll do a bicycle-related post. Topics will include how to choose and equip a bicycle for riding about town, tips for riding in our local traffic and road conditions, options for ridingContinue Reading

Bowling Over for Beacon and Fishkill

Bowling Over for Beacon and Fishkill

  For the first time in 63 years, the bang and rumble of bowling balls spinning down the boards and the knock and clatter of pins scattering into the pit can no longer be heard at 629 Route 52, as Southern Dutchess Bowl set its final rack on May 31. The property was purchased byContinue Reading

Beacon Approves First 5-Story Building Since 1969

Beacon Approves First 5-Story Building
Since 1969

  The plans for a total of 62 new residential units on Churchill Street on Beacon’s east end are on the fast track, with the zoning board of appeals, the planning board, and the city council all granting support, variances, and approvals. The 1.9-acre parcel known as Lot #1 is set to include construction ofContinue Reading

The Ground is On The Air

The Ground is On The Air

We have lift-off! Check it out: The Ground. It’s Beacon Community Radio comin’ at ya! It could be said that things are still very much in a beta state of mind, so cut some slack, jack and jill. I have not had much of a chance to explore myself, but it all looks very interesting.Continue Reading

It’s Beacon Time

It’s Beacon Time

A few weeks ago my son and I heard a chainsaw going outside his bedroom window. We looked out and saw a city worker cutting down a tree. I thought perhaps it had a disease. My curiosity grew when, shortly afterward, a massive hole was dug where the tree once stood. More sewer line problems?Continue Reading

Indian Point Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods Pose Increasing Danger

Indian Point Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods
Pose Increasing Danger

When the Fukushima nuclear plant was damaged, Japanese authorities evacuated people within a 19-mile radius. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended all U.S. citizens within a 50-mile radius evacuate. The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) recently released a report urging authorities to expand the planning and information guidance for the public beyond the currently required 10-mileContinue Reading

Signs of Spring: Peeps & Eats

Signs of Spring: Peeps & Eats

  My son and I were at Denning’s Point last week, where the spring peepers are out in force in the northern marshy section where the trail first divides. Only the week before we found the last third of the trail up Mount Beacon was an Olympic bobsled run, covered in ice. (Dad had aContinue Reading

Beacon a Finalist in Google’s City Visions Program

Beacon a Finalist in Google’s
City Visions Program

The City of Beacon has been named as a finalist for Google’s City Visions of the Future award program, and is now on the short list with two dozen other locales in the towns/small cities category.  The four municipalities ultimately selected will receive the newest beta version of the reworked Google Glasses for each ofContinue Reading

Compost Culture

Compost Culture

If you are worried about the state of the world but keep telling yourself there is nothing you can do, that’s just not true. A very useful thing to do would be to click on over to Zero to Go’s fundraising campaign to help jumpstart a composting operation in Beacon. Zero to Go is anContinue Reading

Gas Station Set to Expand Despite Nonconforming Use

Gas Station Set to Expand
Despite Nonconforming Use

  City regulations specifically prohibit enlargement of structures containing nonconforming uses, but the Xtrafuel gas station at Main Street and Fishkill Avenue is expanding nevertheless. The site plan is still up for public discussion. However, the building inspector has interpreted the zoning in a way that would allow the owners to add an additional 200Continue Reading

Newburgh Beacon Bridge Re-Opens To Commuters

Newburgh Beacon Bridge
Re-Opens To Commuters

There are 3 or 4 posts in the drafting box, but I wanted to share my first day of spring! It’s been a rough winter, but it ended decisively today, with temperatures rising into the 50s. The warming trend the past several days allowed much of the remaining snow and ice on the approaches toContinue Reading

Beacon Outlaws Gas Stations on Main Street

Beacon Outlaws Gas Stations
on Main Street

Over at Beacon Citizen, a Wigwam reader has become incensed over the leaking underground storage tanks at Main and Fishkill. This is as predicted in one of the previous posts about the LUST (Leaking Underground Storage Tanks): “Some of us might even get upset or angry over this egregious fouling of the environment. How couldContinue Reading

Wigwam’s Weekend Bonus Post!

Wigwam’s Weekend Bonus Post!

There are still a couple posts waiting in the draft box, but in the meanwhile I figured I would put up this mishmash of observations I’ve had while walking about town, random local stuff that just happened or is about to happen, before it gets too stale, and another short slideshow of photos featuring snow,Continue Reading

LUST Comes to Beacon: It’s Volatile!

LUST Comes to Beacon: It’s Volatile!

Update on the gasoline leaking from the underground storage tanks at Main and Fishkill Avenue: Removal has continued after a delay due to too much moisture in the soil. Truckloads of contaminated dirt are being hauled to an approved facility in Albany. Still no word on the extent of the contamination, but at this pointContinue Reading

Why Bicycling in the Winter Sucks

Why Bicycling in the Winter Sucks

There are not many circumstances that can put me off bicycling. This winter is one of those rare instances. But it’s not for the reasons most would think. The biting cold? Once you know how to dress, it’s preventing overheating that can be the problem—with the possible exception of feet. But my commute is rightContinue Reading

Beacon’s Soul Intact!

Beacon’s Soul Intact!

 On this day for hearts, it’s reassuring to know that, according to a recent article in The New York Times, Beacon still has a soul. Okay, I admit, I can’t help it. These  trifles in The New York Times that tout Beacon as a getaway for slickers from the city are one of my petContinue Reading

Gas Leak Update: The Hole We Dig Grows Ever Deeper

Gas Leak Update: The Hole We Dig Grows Ever Deeper

  The attempt to clean up the spilled gas at Main Street and Fishkill Avenue continued today, with quite a few more truckloads of contaminated soil carted away in dump trucks throughout the day. And it may not be just the soil that has been compromised. According to several locals, there are subterranean feeder springs toContinue Reading

Fuel Gas Leak on Main Street

Fuel Gas Leak on Main Street

The redecorating job at Xtrafuel on Main Street and Fishkill Avenue has hit a slight snag. The job entailed removal and replacement of the gas storage tanks buried underground. Workers expected four tanks, and were surprised to find several more. Unfortunately, these older, non-operational tanks had never been emptied, and have apparently been leaking gas.Continue Reading

Drink More Sets Soft Opening For Saturday

Drink More Sets Soft Opening For Saturday

While the back room operations involving the commercial kitchen have been humming along since last year, the much-anticipated opening of Drink More Good’s retail space next to the Town Crier is set for this Saturday, February 12, with the official grand opening set for March 14. The shelves are already stocked with bitters, bar accoutrements,Continue Reading

Beer Grants, Jobs, Lumbersexuals & LegoLand

Beer Grants, Jobs, Lumbersexuals & LegoLand

I was sitting in Yummy Taco on 17k in Newburgh last December having lunch with a friend. We met a dozen years ago, when he was running a small eatery on Main Street in Beacon and I ran a second-hand furniture place next door. As we sampled what he called the fusion menu—the place wasContinue Reading

Bombogenesis and Beacon

Bombogenesis and Beacon

  Anyone who missed the chance for a snowy stroll this past Saturday morning will have another opportunity shortly. As the Hudson Valley Weather guy described it, we are in for a bombogenesis. What a fun word. It has a technical meteorological definition, but it could be repurposed generally to mean something along the linesContinue Reading

Beacon Loop Trail on Christmas Day

Beacon Loop Trail on Christmas Day

  I particularly enjoy going for a bike ride on the “indoor” holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of the few bike blogs I read with anything approaching regularity recently had a well-wrought description of this phenomenon: I’ve always had mixed feelings about Christmas celebrations. But the one thing I like about this time ofContinue Reading

One Foggy Christmas Eve

One Foggy Christmas Eve

  I don’t know the words to many songs, but this one would take a frontal lobotomy to remove. Many have covered it, but Dean Martin’s version from 1959 is extra special. Happy Birthday, Rudolph! (Although 75 is positively ancient for a reindeer, he’s a babe in the woods compared to another famous savior, Jesus,Continue Reading