Category Archives: Happenings

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 pressRead More

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 bitsRead More

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 HundredRead More

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

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 itRead More

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,Read More

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.Read More

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 publicRead More

Beacon Under a Blood Moon

Beacon Under a Blood Moon

  A reminder to Wigwam readers that tomorrow night, Sunday, September 27th, brings us a rare total lunar eclipse of a super moon. A super moon refers to times when the moon is both full and closest to the earth in its orbit, making it appear 14% larger and 33 % brighter than your standardRead More

New Candidate For Mayor Enters Beacon Race

New Candidate For Mayor
Enters Beacon Race

  A third candidate for the Beacon mayor’s office threw his hat in the ring last night, presenting his platform at the Howland Cultural Center. William Wilmot will run as a write-in candidate, joining incumbent Randy Casale, running under the Independent banner and endorsed by the local Republican Party, and Ron Ray, the Democrat’s choice.Read More

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,Read More

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.Read More

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?Read More

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-mileRead More

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 ofRead More

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,Read More

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 joinRead More

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 AudioRead More

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 aRead More

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 anRead More

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 bikeRead More

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.Read More

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 ofRead More

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,Read More