A Beautiful Blizzard in Beacon

A Beautiful Blizzard in Beacon

  I like a good blizzard. For one thing, it works nicely as a traffic-calming device. A big storm can also serve as a bit of relief from all the troubles we are facing, whether personal, or in the community, or the country, or the world. It’s a calling card from the planet, a reminderContinue 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

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 standardContinue Reading

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.Continue Reading

Beacon Can’t Afford 10 Million Dollars for Highway Department Building

Beacon Can’t Afford 10 Million Dollars for Highway Department Building

  There is no question that the structure currently housing the city highway department is in bad shape. But throwing 10 million dollars at the problem is equally unquestionably not a prudent solution. This municipal project as currently planned is just not a good place for the City to be spending its future money rightContinue Reading

Beacon Is a Dry Town

Beacon Is a Dry Town

  Beacon Mayor Randy Casale declared a Stage I Drought Alert for the city on August 3th. Unfortunately there has not been much rain since then. The alert was posted on the website in language that implies voluntary cooperation with the edict: “We are asking those who use the City’s water system to conserve waterContinue Reading

Newburgh-Beacon  Bridge Work Complete By Mid-November

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Work
Complete By Mid-November

  At least that’s what one of the workers told me recently as I crossed over on my way to work last week. “If they keep pushing it, we should make it,” he told me. It looks like the crews are working on a few final cement roadway sections as well as taking out andContinue Reading

Beacon Prepares For Disaster.

Beacon Prepares For Disaster.

  Fire, severe winter storm, radiological incident, structural collapse, epidemic, flood, civil unrest, utility failure—all these disasters and more are covered in the City’s Emergency Management Plan, which is the main topic of tonight’s City Council workshop. The plan covers “A wide variety of emergencies, caused by nature, technology, or  human actions, [that] result[s] inContinue Reading

NYC’s Mayor De Blasio Reaches Out To Yarn Bombers

NYC’s Mayor De Blasio
Reaches Out To Yarn Bombers

A few years ago it might have been called synergy. But it was just a matter of common sense, according to Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, who received a quick ring over the weekend from his New York City counterpart, Mayor Bill de Blasio. “He had a problem to solve and he saw a great outsideContinue Reading

The Dummy Light Wars

The Dummy Light Wars

“You can be someone doing something, or you can be someone talking about the people doing things.” Anonymous Beacon yarn bomber (BYB) Beacon, NY. Reuters The Beacon Yarn Bombers claimed another victim in what is being called the Dummy Light War here in this small former mill town 60 miles upriver from New York City. Continue Reading

BAU Set To Close Due To Greece & Oil on the China, Etc.

BAU Set To Close Due To Greece
& Oil on the China, Etc.

BAU was Business As Usual before it was Beacon Artists Union. Our apologies for any confusion. Wigwam is a home economy journal. It looks at how we can start to decouple from the industrial global economy and become more resilient and self-reliant as a community. It attempts this mission because the global economy cannot lastContinue Reading

248 Tioranda in Contract For $10 Million

248 Tioranda in Contract For $10 Million

After receiving a 90-day extension of its subdivision approval at the July planning board meeting, Beacon 248 Development, LLC is in contract with a Westchester developer to sell the property, site of the old Tuck Tape factory for a rumored 10 million dollars.*  It was demolished in 2005 after a suspicious fire, despite assurances fromContinue Reading

Beacon Council OK’s $.5 Million Land Purchase For Parking Lot Use

Beacon Council OK’s $.5 Million Land Purchase For Parking Lot Use

  The city council last night took another formal step toward the creation of a parking lot on the east end of Beacon by unanimously passing a resolution to purchase a 1.41 acre parcel of land. The property has frontage on Churchill Street to the south and the Fishkill Creek to the east. The sellerContinue Reading

Beacon Theater To Be Sold Friday

Beacon Theater To Be Sold Friday

  Beacon commercial real estate continues to change hands, with the latest deal being the sale of The Beacon Theater. The property is currently “owned” by 4th Wall Productions theater company, with the mortgage held by Manhattan real estate speculator William Erlich, a hoarder of properties and a doer of nothing. The buyer is RobertContinue Reading

Beacon Bike People: Right-Sized and Matching Colorways!

Beacon Bike People:
Right-Sized and Matching Colorways!

  Bike Friday Post An ongoing series in which we profile Beacon’s bicycle riders and cover all aspects of bicycling in our town, from the best practices for riding on our roads to equipment choices and more. Perhaps you’ve seen this deep magenta two-wheeled machine flash by on Main Street recently. Its owner is CourtneyContinue Reading

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