Beacon Superintendent Responds to School Safety After Parkland, FL Shooting

Beacon's Superintendent, Matthew Landahl, issued a statement the day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

 

Dear Beacon City School District Community:

The tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday of this week weighs heavily on us all. The morning after the shooting, I had the opportunity to walk my son to school for a special field trip that was leaving before the regular school day began. The 40-odd students and their parents gathered excitedly with teachers and staff to wait for the bus. Standing there watching over my son and talking with other parents, I would guess that not one of the students knew what happened the day before. I also felt that I knew what was in the back of each parent and staff member’s mind. As we stood there and waved goodbye to the bus, I reflected for a few moments on the beauty of being both an educator and a parent in times like this.  The beauty lies in the fact that no matter what is happening in the world, our young people wake up ready for what’s next, expecting not only our best in terms of learning experiences but also that we do our best to keep them safe.

While I strongly believe that the Beacon City School District collectively takes safety seriously, I also believe that we should always strive to do better with this and everything we do. Yesterday, our building principals already began making some revisions to their Emergency Response Plans in light of what we are learning from Parkland. Our District Emergency Response Team, comprised of Beacon administrators and local law enforcement, is meeting on Wednesday, February 21, to review our plans and drill procedures, especially in light of what can be learned from the most recent events. Our entire district administrative team will meet on Thursday, February 22, to discuss any changes in our plans so we are all consistent in our implementation. While these building plans are not public documents, I will keep the community updated throughout the remainder of this year on our efforts to keep us all safe. As always, thanks for your support.

Sincerely,
Matt Landahl
Superintendent

 

Happening This Weekend - 2/16/2018

Happy long weekend! Some of you regular readers are away from Beacon, and some of you are away from your home to visit Beacon! Welcome :) Maybe you came here because you read about Beacon in Vogue, who recently featured The Inn and Spa at Beacon during a Hudson Valley highlight article, or on Expedia, who named Beacon as one of their Most Artistic Towns. Also it turns out, people on layovers from Stewart Airport are coming over for lunch or dinner, according to the owner of Liberty Bistro in Newburgh, in the Rhinebeck Bank video below.

Highlighted below are the events, classes, workshops and shopping deals that you need to factor into your weekend plans, as well as your week next week!
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.


“Share The Love” Fitness Event
Day:
Saturday & Sunday, February 17-18, 2018
Time: All day
Location: Zoned Fitness, 490 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Live Concert: Kofi & Sankofa
Day:
POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 
 


Beacon Pilates

18 West Main Street, Suite 3
www.beaconpilates.com
(near the train station)
Have you been inside the new space yet? The best way to start at Beacon Pilates is with their Intro Offer of two private lessons and one Trio class. Pretty soon, you'll be like the owner Juliette's daughter, climbing and hanging from the equipment. Don't you want to do this?

Cooking & Pairing Class
Day:
Monday, February 19, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: Olive U, 896 Main St., Fishkill, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.


 


Art & Zine Club Meetup - Button Making
Day: Friday, February 16, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Try Ice Skating Free
Day:
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Time: 10:45 to 11:45 am
Location: Ice Time Sports, 21 Lakeside Road, Newburgh, NY
Information >

Holiday Vacation Camp
Ages: 5 to 12
Day: Monday, February 19, 2018
Time: 8 am to 5 pm
Location: All Sport Health & Fitness, 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.
 

 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across Cliff Street from Beacon Bread Company)
Cutie patootie little cases, aren't they? That's right! These are glasses cases for one of the lines in the store, the frames of which are outrageous. Head into Luxe Optique and ask which frames come with these little cases, and take a set home.




 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main, by the Hudson Valley Brewery, and use the back walkway entrance to come up to Main Street!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

www.stylestorehouse.com
(near Utensil)

SALE ALERT!
Joggers, sweats, loungewear - these comfy pieces go by many names and come in many shapes. In stock at Style Storehouse, they are all super soft and super cozy and 50% off right now!







Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the dummy light)
New samples from Justin Alexander are in store now! Walk in to see them during Lambs Hill's regular hours, and make an appointment to try them on. Email lambshillbridalboutique@gmail.com, or call (845) 765-2900.





Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Luxe Optique, Lambs Hill, and Style Storehouse.



Where can you get your hair done in Beacon? Or a beard trim? Find out in
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SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Yeah, yeah, we know how easy it is to not invest in renters insurance. You're just renting, right? But your belongings are valuable. "Renters insurance is a comprehensive way to protect all of your belongings in the event of theft or damage, and often protects these belongings both inside and outside the home," says Antalek & Moore. Call them at (845) 831-1400 to learn more.

Rhinebeck Bank

Michelle from Rhinebeck Bank visits Newburgh, NY, to check out Liberty Street Bistro with owner and chef Michael Kelly. Learn how this restaurant, located in Newburgh's recently designated Creative Neighborhood, came to be and what types of cuisine they offer. Watch the video to find out how Rhinebeck Bank has impacted this restaurant and helped their business develop! Also learn about Kelly's upcoming projects, including a bakery opening late this year in the Creative Neighborhood!
PS: Rhinebeck Bank has a Creative Neighborhood Loan Fund! Learn more about it here.

InHouse Design Media

The photographers and designers at Beacon-based InHouse Design Media can help you take amazing pictures for your Instagram. How do we know how great they are? Because they are the same people behind A Little Beacon Blog - Katie Hellmuth Martin and Leigh Baumann! We can train you. It's like an amazing fitness class, but for your photos. Let us have an intervention with your Instagram feed in this four-session class.

Tin Shingle - Open House
FREE MEETING FOR BUSINESSES, ARTISTS, NONPROFIT GROUPS
(this month only!)

Do you hate marketing?
Does social media overwhelm you?
Do you see other businesses or projects in the newspaper, and think: "Dang - I wish that were my business/project featured there!"
Then this meeting is for you. Tin Shingle is an empowerment center for businesses, artists, makers and nonprofits who are trying to get the word out about their work. Tin Shingle is run by Katie, who also runs A Little Beacon Blog. It's a nationwide, member-based resource center that has just opened up the ability to have in-person member meetings in the Hudson Valley at 291 Main Street in Beacon's Telephone Building. We're calling it The Kick A** Member Meeting, because it's there to help you kick butt in your business. Normally it's a meeting for Tin Shingle's Community Level Members only, but this month, it's open to all.
Day: Monday, February 26, 2018
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Location: 291 Main Street, First Floor, First Door, Beacon, NY

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Psst...The Cupcake Festival is coming back to Beacon!
Day: Saturday, May 5, 2018 (rain date the next day)
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Location: Beacon's East End
Details >
 

BeaconArts : Beacon Open Studios

This citywide art happening, Beacon Open Studios, is in motion! BeaconArts is the event's fiscal sponsor, so all signups and sponsorships go through them. Here's what you need to know:
Sponsorships Available Now: Your business can place an ad in the brochure that is seen by pretty much everyone, as it includes a map of where to find each of the artists. Details >
Volunteer Positions: Hurry to sign up for special volunteer jobs! Spots are filling up fast. Details >
Artist Registration: Get on the map! Sign up now to be included in the official brochure and opening exhibition! Details >
Opening Night: Party! Details >
Open Studios Weekend: Walk or drive to visit artists on your list. Collect new art along the way! Details >

A Little Beacon Space

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School Shootings - Where Do We Go From Here?

So today's a regular Thursday, after a regular Wednesday that was otherwise regular other than the fact that it was Valentine's Day, and in the blur of headline notifications that blip on my phone - and everyone else's phone - was the school shooting headline, arriving from a few different news outlets. Again. Another death headline. Too gruesome to think about, the day went on. Back home, my husband walked through the door, asked me if I saw the headline. Yes I did, and he announced that he wouldn't watch the news last night because our kids were up and around us. So. No details.

On this Thursday, I was in newsletter mode (we call it the NL), and I was bound to finish it today so that our team would be all clear tomorrow and not needing to slide through another Friday afternoon putting on finishing touches. But as I ate breakfast after taking my kids to school, and before going to the office, I found myself in one of those moments of silence when thoughts that you're keeping away refuse to stay away, and rush in. Suddenly I was mad. Had I just experienced numbness from children dying? I did! There have been too many shootings - of any kind - in our lives.

Legislation can clog systems. It can unnecessarily complicate something. But what continues to stupefy me is why it is harder to get a driver's license than it is to buy and use a gun over the years. Why is it more regulated to drive a car (no cell phones, no texting while driving, DUIs, etc.) than it is to buy and use a gun over the years? Why can a random person off the street (or a vengeful spouse or partner) call CPS to report a child issue, and CPS can come into your home and check your refrigerator and interview your children, yet it's easier to buy and use a gun over the years?

I'm pro-gun. Own a gun! Clean it! Hopefully you won't accidentally shoot yourself in the face, like my husband's grandfather - a war veteran - did! Hopefully you won't shoot yourself in despair, like my great-grandfather did! Hopefully you won't shoot yourself out of love-sickness or loneliness like my other great-grandfather - a hunter - did after his wife died! Hopefully you'll have fun with it - go hunting , shoot clay pigeons - heck, maybe you'll even make a potato gun. But why such little protection around it? Why is it harder to build a garage in our backyards because of local zoning laws that protect your neighbor's sightline or run-off or something, than it is to buy and use a gun over the years?

But heck. I was on deadline, so I needed to shake off the mood to get back into a happy place to keep doing my job. So I went jogging. I put on peppy music so that I could get back into NL writing mode - which requires excitement and a good mood. But then I got an email from a small-business friend, Jackie Berlowski in Parkland, FL, who decided to email her business newsletter for GreatHerGood about the situation. This is what she said, and this is when I cried at my desk:


 

"We are beyond shocked and saddened over the Parkland school shooting yesterday. We live in Parkland (about a block away from the school) and lot of our good friends live in Parkland as well. We know several teachers, coaches, and kids in the area especially our friend's kids that go to that school. With each hour that goes by we learn about someone else we know who has been affected.

"We heard helicopters and ambulances all afternoon into the night from my office. Luckily, our son Tyler goes to a different school down the street. However, other parents were not as lucky. I scrambled to pick up my kid along with every other parent. As I tried to get back into my development with Tyler safely in the car, I looked over and saw a couple sobbing by the side of the road, people looking frantically for their child, I saw people leaving their cars right where they were stopped, I saw the SWAT team flood the streets as the local police redirected the traffic, and I saw triage tents set up right on our corner. As my 6 year old son noticed the intensity of the situation, he got teary eyed and asked what happened. As a Mom and a human being, how do we keep explaining this to our kids?!

"I remembered this quote. It's an oldie but a goodie from Mr. Rogers... and it seemed to help. "Look for the helpers." Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.' It seemed to diminish the doom and gloom of a scary situation.

"I know people say this is not the time to discuss guns. Bullshit. Enough is enough! This is the exact time to discuss guns. How many people need to die to force our politicians to ignore the temptation of accepting gun lobbyist money and finally take action, create change and implement common sense and new gun control policies. Yesterday's tragedy hits WAY too close to home and it wasn't just that one day. It's this morning, it's tomorrow morning, it's in the weeks to come as families try to move forward. As helicopters were still hovering overhead for the 11pm news last night and continue to this morning (right outside our window), my husband and I struggle with how a young, troubled person can obtain a gun let alone an assault rifle.  

"This is the 18th school shooting this year alone. It's only February. Are we getting numb to this?! These are real families just like yours that are impacted for the rest of their lives. This is where my son will go to middle and high school.

"To say I grabbed my son a little tighter yesterday and this morning is a massive understatement.

"Today my longtime friend from sleep-away camp is grieving because her fellow teacher, Scott, was shot protecting the kids in his class. Our good friend's daughter was in one of the classrooms as all of this occurred and is in shock today. It's just the beginning, we will hear more each hour with every text, every phone call and every update.

"We need to change this culture in America and I encourage everyone to spread the word that change is NEEDED and there is a better America out there for our children!"

- Jackie Berlowski

 

If you're a parent now, your kids go to Lock Down Drills. In those, students get trained to hide from a gunman. Do you remember doing tornado drills? Me too. That was the extent of our threats. Now, as parents, we get to think about how our kids are being trained - is it smart that they are being trained to hide in a closet? Should they be trained to go out a window? Is it disturbing that 5-year-olds and teachers are being trained to learn how to distract a gunman, or to throw things in his face in order to buy one more second of time?

It's too much burden to put on a teacher, to not only teach and help shape our kids, but to save their lives by sheltering them with their bodies. It's too much. God bless teachers. These heroes. All of the small people and big people angels in these events.

Police across the Hudson Valley are hosting learning sessions. Sergeant Phillip Roloson, of the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County) Police Department, held a workshop in October 2017 on what to do when an active shooter is in the building. His teachings contradicted some strategies in the public school. So who is right? Why do we need to think about this? Why do we need to live with this? Of course, it's always good to learn self defense. 

A determined yet delusional person is always going to get their hands on what they want, but why make it so easy? [EDIT: When this article first published, an illustration was included showing how easy it was to buy a rifle online. The rifle pictured with this article was a BB gun, so to not confuse the argument, the illustration has been removed.]

When a person uses their car to plow through people, at least we know that they didn't just buy the car from Walmart so easily. If a person gets into a stolen truck or bus, at least we know that people need licenses to drive the truck. Not that it would have prevented them from driving the truck, but at least we all know that it's not OK for untrained people to drive huge vehicles. There is at least that basic comfort. And like I said, the troubled person will still do what they do. But in many places, there's no such requirement for any would-be gun buyers.

Before typing this, I texted to Marilyn, who edits the Things To Do In Beacon Guides, letting her know that I was hugely distracted and trying to get in the mood. She suggested we write about being thankful for the close-knit community to connect with. And she's right. The major part of this problem is people's unhappiness. As parents, we need to listen to our kids, help them feel heard and respected and supported. Give them alone-time, but stay aware of what they are doing. Make sure they are tapped into what they are showing passions for. As a community, we need to be curious about people we don't know. We need to learn about their cultures and habits because they are different from ours. To stay healthy, we need each other, to support each other, so that the delusions of wanting to be a gunman don't surface.

Peace.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

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Celebrate this day of love. Pass it forward to anyone you see today. Anything can be a valentine - a hug, a piece of paper with a little note on it, something special you found, or just anything thoughtful.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

PS: This valentine was made at the revived Create Space popup venue (also home to Beacon Healing Massage), during their valentine card-making workshop last weekend. Find it in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, and they often have pop-up shops or workshops in the Classes for Kids Guide or Classes for Adults Guide. Be sure you’re receiving our newsletter to learn of special events like that, and check our Things To Do In Beacon Guides to mark your calendar in advance!

Early Morning Fire on Rombout Avenue Destroys Home, Hurts Family and Pets

Firefighters after the fire, removing insulation from the roof and looking for "hot spots," according to Beacon Fire Chief Gary Van Voorhis. Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Firefighters after the fire, removing insulation from the roof and looking for "hot spots," according to Beacon Fire Chief Gary Van Voorhis.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Fire trucks and first responders were dispatched at 4:45 am Friday after three people called to report a fire at 98 Rombout Ave., the section of Rombout that is near South Avenue Elementary School. A person inside the burning home called it in, as did their neighbor, and another source. Five fire departments were needed to battle the blaze: the City of Beacon Fire Department, Fishkill Fire Department, Glenham Fire Department, Castle Point Fire Department, and Rombout Fire Department in Hughsonville, according to Beacon Fire Chief Gary Van Voorhis. Dutchess County Fire Investigators and Beacon Detective Tony Rios also came to the scene.

The people inside of the house were on the second floor when the fire started. One person jumped out of a second-floor window into the back yard, and three adults came down the stairs through the fire - which had engulfed the stairs - and exited the front door. They received burns on 60 percent of their lower bodies, according to Chief Van Voorhis. One of the residents' dogs perished, though luckily first responders were able to rescue the other dog. The Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Mobile Life took the victims to the hospital.

"I have never seen a fire that big in real life," said neighbor Katy Hope. "One of our windows looks up Rombout. The [emergency vehicles'] lights woke me up while it was still dark outside in the morning. The firefighters were not running sirens, which I found very thoughtful and I'm sure they want to keep the panic down. I could see the flames, although I wasn't quite sure which house it was. Really scary, especially as I've been thinking a lot about flammable old houses."

While the exact start and stop times of the fire have not been made public, Chief Van Voorhis noted that putting out the fire took some time. "There was a lot of debris inside," said the chief, after the fire was out. Much of the debris, including burnt metal doors and empty propane containers, had been removed from the home and placed in the front yard. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin  

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin
 

More than 30 volunteer and career firefighters rotated through the home, battling not just flames, but cold, icy conditions, according to Chief Van Voorhis. Nature's elements added to the challenge. During the fire, a live power line came off the house, which is common in fires, Chief Van Voorhis said. That created a hurdle for firefighters to get to where they needed to in the street. The wire was on the street for 45 minutes before Central Hudson was able to come take care of it.

Ice continues to cover Beacon, as the temperatures have stayed in the high 20s since Wednesday's snow and ice storm. That part of Rombout Avenue had re-frozen since the day before, and the sidewalks remain crunchy frozen. One firefighter slipped on the ice and fell onto his back, but sprang back into action. Firefighters spread their own salt on the street as they fought the fire.

Streets remained closed later Friday morning even after the fire was out, as parents who were dropping their kids off at South Avenue Elementary were redirected from their usual drop-off route. Fire trucks and other fire and investigation vehicles lined the street hours later.

While the fire was live in the pre-dawn hours, however, one vehicle who did not have its headlights on drove around firefighters who were diverting traffic from a large yellow hose that was in use to put out the fire, said Chief Van Voorhis. Flares were set around the hose, and the car hit the flare, which hit and ripped the hose. The car also drove over the hose. The fire department is looking for details about that vehicle, who continued driving away after the incident.

Pictured here is the yellow water hose that a vehicle drove over when it was full of water and in the street. The driver went around firemen, who had been blocking the street for safety. Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Pictured here is the yellow water hose that a vehicle drove over when it was full of water and in the street. The driver went around firemen, who had been blocking the street for safety.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Three Different Fires in 31 hours

This was one of three different fires that were blazing within just over a day in Beacon, according to the Beacon Professional Firefighters - IAFF Local 3490. On Wednesday evening at 9:40 pm, "units arrived in less than 3 minutes to find an active, gas-fueled fire in a commercial occupancy. Members quickly shut the gas off and extinguished the fire," according to the Beacon Professional Firefighters.

Additionally, an old boiler in the basement of a home also caught fire. Units were dispatched at 11:42 am Thursday for a reported chimney fire. "Units arrived in less than one minute to find an active fire in the boiler room in the basement of a residence. The fire was contained to the area of origin and quickly extinguished," according to their report on their Facebook page.

At 1:30 pm Friday, fire trucks, firefighters and investigators were still at the Rombout scene. Many of them had been there since 4:45 am.

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Volunteer Fire Fighters Wanted + Donations to Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Beacon's volunteer set of first responders have been working for decades. Mayor Randy Casale has announced during several City Council meetings that there is a need for more volunteer firefighters. During the City Council meeting on February 5, several firefighters were recognized for their years of membership - some for 50 years, some 25 years, and some relatively new firefighters who were entering their fifth year of membership.

Usually, the best way to donate to the Volunteer Beacon Ambulance Corp. or to the Beacon Fire Department is by answering the paper snail mail that is delivered to your home mailbox, or by sending in checks when you think of it.

Happening This Weekend - 2/9/2018


 

 
 
Happy Valentine's Weekend!

As you're out and about treating someone you love to something special, the Art Galleries are freshly celebrating Second Saturday, so keep A Little Beacon Blog's full Second Saturday Guide open on your phone so that you can see what's exhibiting inside of each gallery!

PS: For any Galentine on your list, duck into Howling at the Edge of Chaos near The Beacon Hotel for some female rage-tastic quote things, jewelry or just a panda pillow.

Highlighted below are the events, classes, workshops and shopping deals that you need to factor into your weekend plans, as well as your to-do's next week!
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.


South Avenue Elementary's Small Tall Ball - Valentine's Dance
Day:
Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: South Avenue PTA, 60 South Ave., Beacon, NY
Information >

Stony Kill Farm's Winter on the Farm
Day:
Saturday, February 10, 2018; if no snow on 2/10, make-up date February 24, 2018
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Information >

Special Screening: Beacon Independent Film Festival ARTSGO Artists in Residence
Day:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Location: Gallery at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University, 199 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

“BOHEMIANS In Love and In Life”
Day:
Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018
Time: Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 4 pm
Location: Beacon Hebrew Alliance, 31 Verplanck Ave., Beacon, NY
Information >

Howland Cultural Center's Valentine’s Day Dance Party
Day:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Use the hashtag #atthehowland if you go! We want to see you, lovebirds!
Information >

Hairdressers Ball Charity Hair Show
Day:
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Location: Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, 107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
Information >

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Charlie Albright, Piano
Day: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time: 4 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 

Made & Given Valentine's Day Pop-Up Shop
Day: Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018
Time: Saturday, 1 to 9 pm; Sunday, noon to 6 pm
Location: 17 E. Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >


 


Beacon Pilates
Grand Re-Opening Party!

Day: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Location: 18 W. Main St., Suite 3
(near the train station)
It's finally here! The big, grand re-opening party you have been waiting for! Go see Beacon Pilates' new studio in what is soon to be a very hopping area, with the new hardware store going in, and new apartment building going up. See our interview here with Beacon Pilates' founder, Juliet Harvey.
Details here >

Beacon of Light Wellness Center
Grand Opening Celebration
Day:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 1 to 10 pm
Location: Beacon of Light Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Monthly Literary Salon with Julie Chibbaro
Day:
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Valentine-Making at CreateSpace Beacon
Ages:
All ages
Day: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Location: CreateSpace Beacon, 145 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Troll Cake - Princess Poppy Class
Ages:
All ages, 8+ preferred, younger must be accompanied by adult
Day: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Location: The Cupcakery, 1004 Main St., Fishkill, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.
 
Thank you to The Vault and to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
(across Cliff Street from Beacon Bread Company)
Peep these outrageous frames by Lafont Paris: These are a U.S. special edition called "Thirty," created for Lafont Paris' 30th anniversary in North America. "Thirty" is part of a 400-piece limited edition run, and represents an iconic design with an exciting decorative concept. The asymmetrical black and ivory carved acetate sunglass is embellished with cut-outs of the Statue of Liberty on one temple, and the Eiffel Tower on the other. We could go on, but you should probably just go see them in person at Luxe Optique.




 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance to Main Street!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

(near Utensil)

How lovely are these glass pearl hoops by Yunis K, now in at Style Storehouse? This brand blends old world and new wave Bohemian into one look, perfect for special occasions or for adding personal flair to everyday wear.







Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

(near the historic dummy light)
Now offering after-hours private events at the boutique for brides and their intimate groups of up to 10 people! Email lambshillbridalboutique@gmail.com, or call (845) 765-2900. Lambs Hill also offers online booking of private events, so check with your girls then book by clicking here!





Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide!  Luxe Optique, Lambs Hill, and Style Storehouse.



Where can you get your hair done in Beacon? Or have a beard trim? Find out in
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

'Tis the weekend for wedding proposals! Or just getting closer to that moment. When it's time, Antalek & Moore provides Special Event Insurance for your big day. Whether it's a fundraiser, wedding, renewal of vows, or other special occasion, Antalek & Moore can give you peace of mind on the big day.

Rhinebeck Bank

The Hudson Valley is lucky to have Rhinebeck Bank supporting so many arts initiatives. Currently, Rhinebeck Bank produces a video series that spotlights arts programs, nonprofit groups, and businesses. In this video, they highlight a group that gives kids access many aspects of filmmaking. The Art Effect, formerly known as Spark Media Project, is revealed in this interview series.

InHouse Design Media

Want to learn how to take amazing photos for your social media, with equally compelling captions? It's an art form, but you can learn how to do it for your business or brand. InHouse Design Media designed an immersive set of training sessions to up your photo game by producing really effective graphics - that don't require a designer! But as designers, we can train you in our ways... Let us have an intervention with your Instagram feed.

Tin Shingle

Special for the month of Valentine's Day, Tin Shingle's February Member Meeting will be an Open House, open to all business owners, artists and makers who want to come work on their PR and promotion strategies, and get to know Tin Shingle better. Bring the magazines you want to be featured in - we're going to plan ahead! Tin Shingle's Membership is a DIY PR platform for business owners who are getting the word out.
Day: Monday, February 26, 2018
Time: Noon to 1 pm

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Join the Beacon Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the opening of Big Mouth Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Beacon.
Day: Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Location: 387 Main St., Beacon, NY
Details >
 

BeaconArts

You must go see the BeaconArts exhibit up now in the Gallery at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. See the many photos and news clippings capturing the ways that BeaconArts has contributed to the culture that has shaped Beacon over the past decade and a half.
Special Film Screening: The Beacon Independent Film Festival and their ARTSGO Artists in Residence documentaries from 2015, 2016, and 2017 are playing on Saturday at 6pm.
Day/Time: Saturday, February 10, 6 pm
Showing:
“Material” – Dan Dowd. Director: Michael Arginsky
“Cascade” – Margot Kingon. Director: Kate Phelan
“Ambi Artist” – Donna Mikkelsen. Director: Rob Featherstone
Details >

A Little Beacon Space

The time is right to host your workshop, now you just need a venue. A Little Beacon's Space, conveniently located in the heart of Beacon, is the perfect fit for your audience.
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Beacon Pilates Moves Locations After 13 Years

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When Beacon Pilates opened 13 years ago in a second floor studio above Main Street, it was met with skepticism and conviction that no one would try or want this newfangled form of exercise. That's how most successful businesses are met, actually, in Beacon. Maybe it's also like this all over the world, but in Beacon, when something newfangled launches, it is usually met with doubters, and then a cult following forms around it. Remember the howls at the 20-minute wait for the hand-fixed donuts at Glazed (and it's not 20 minutes, BTW), or the $8.50 bacon and egg breakfast sandwich at Stock Up that launched 1,000 comments? Or the glasses store that everyone thought would never work that is now Luxe Optique and has cult followings across several cities (like this shop owner from Cold Spring) coming in to seize the latest designs?

So is Beacon Pilates. A fixture in Beacon for people who needed to get firm, strong, and toned, Beacon Pilates faced a major business change when they needed to move from their original location. The thing about change is, it produces unexpected results. The Silver Lining, if you will. Beacon Pilates' owner, Juliet Harvey, reached out to A Little Beacon Blog to advertise the change in our Classes for Adults Guide program, but the change is so much more than a simple location swap. So we reached out to Beacon Pilates owner Juliet Harvey to see if she had found a Silver Lining, and it turns out, there were several. This is the beauty of owning and running a small business. Especially one in Beacon, which is filled with so many talented people.

ALBB:
Sometimes a change like this produces unexpected results. What can you tell us?

Juliet Harvey, Owner Beacon Pilates:
I loved my old space. It was almost more like my home than my house!  But yes, there have been many silver linings.

First and foremost, being so incredibly overwhelmed with just how much my husband Luc, and his business partner, Jason Hughes, and their employees at LNJ Tech Services did for me.

ALBB: So that our readers can piece everyone together - Luc and Jason own the white building on Hanna Lane that is famous in its own right, but got famous again after hanging the welcome sign. Jason is married to Ella's Bellas' owner Carley, and LNJ Tech Services also did custom design work to Ella's Bellas, including the really cool whisk-inspired light fixtures. It's fun to know who is behind building some of these styles that have come to define Beacon.

Juliet Harvey, Owner Beacon Pilates:
Yes, exactly. The list that they helped me with was enormous, but basically, while I was going through an emotional crisis, they were at my space every day making sure it was going to be a beautiful and inviting studio.  Luc was helping to make every single decision in his creative, technical, calm and detail-oriented way.  I was completely supported and taken care of by him.

Secondly, and to my shock, all of my clients have told me they like the new space better!  The space is so open and light filled and beautiful.  Also, as everyone knows in Beacon, the parking situation is not getting any better. So they LOVE the parking lot.  My clients never burdened me with their parking problems at my old space. But now that I'm at the new space, all their stories are coming out and they are so happy not to have the Main Street parking worry.

ALBB: Thank you for sharing, Juliet!

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So guys, just so you know, the winter is the most dreaded part of the year for businesses in Beacon. It snows. Things close. Everyone gets sick. It's awful. But Beacon Pilates is prevailing and bucking the system by having their Grand Re-Opening Party this weekend - Valentine's Weekend - and you can show them some love by going. It's from 5-8pm on Saturday (yes, it's Beacon's Second Saturday).

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Not only that, but Juliet is co-president of the South Avenue PTA, and is supporting the throwing of South Avenue's first parent/kid dance, aka the Small Tall Ball, the Friday night before her re-opening party. And if that's not enough, her grand re-opening party does have a donation dedication. It's the kick off for “Goods for Good,” a week-long sporting goods drive for The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, which is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment to improve the lives of and empower at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.

Donations of newly purchased indoor or outdoor sporting goods can be brought to Beacon Pilates on Second Saturday, February 10, or dropped off during business hours the following week. Equipment needed includes basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, skateboards, roller skates, safety equipment like helmets and pads, lawn games, double-dutch jump ropes, wooden baseball bats, and tennis balls.

See you at the party!

Happening This Weekend - 2/2/2018

Take that, first month of the year! February is up next, and it’s time to dream of Valentine's Day love and Super Bowl sides. Need some instant-spring in your home? Beacon D'Lights "over-shopped" their spring floral picks and put them all at 40% off. Time to freshen up!

Meanwhile...get out there....You'll find Seussical The Musical and other, an art opening for National African American History Month, and more.

Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
Seussical The Musical
Days
: Thurs-Sat, February 1-3, 2018
Time: 7pm (Thur & Fri), 1pm and 3 pm (Sat)
Location: The Theater at Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Information >

Dia:Beacon Staff Show Opening Reception
Day
: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 12-9pm
Location: Dia:Beacon, 1 East Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Reel Life Film Club presents “Waste Land”
Day
: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY
Information >

Art Opening Reception: National African American History Month
Day
: Saturday, February 3, 2018 (Reception), February 3-25, 2018 (Exhibit)
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Live Concert: Last Minute Soulmates
Day
: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: Holland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 

Flea Boutique Encore Sale
Day
: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: CreateSpace, 145 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Beacon Pilates
18 West Main Street, Suite 3
(near the train station)

Beacon Pilates' new studio is gorgeous and filled with natural light. If you have core work to do - tightening that tummy or your entire body - then the group classes or semi-private sessions at Beacon Pilates are for you. Mat Classes start at $15 and are discounted when purchased in packages. Don't wait for their re-opening party that is next weekend to come in - these strength moves are going on now.

Free Yoga! Grand Opening
Day: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Beacon Yoga Center, 464 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Soulful Flow
Day
: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 10am-11:30am
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Information >

Thank you, Beacon Pilates, for sponsoring the Classes for Adults Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Card & Board Games Club
Day: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Mozzarella Cheese making with Stacey Lynch Adnams
Ages
: 7-12
Day: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide
 

NEW GUIDE!  The Public School Fundraising Guide
Parents, teachers and students are hard at work producing creative ways to raise money for Beacon's Public Schools. Some of those ways involve events. A Little Beacon Blog has dedicated an editor to tracking these and updating this new Guide!
Below are up and coming opportunities.

GLENHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Matt Stevens Alakazam MAGIC SHOW!
Day: Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Glenham School 20 Chase Drive, Beacon, NY
Information >

 
Thank you to BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
(near Beacon Bread Company)

Take a peek at the new luxury line in at Luxe Optique by Jacques Marie Mage. Each frame is handmade and comes only in super limited quantities (see these behind-the-scenes photos), making them very rare and collectable. Each case is made specifically for the frame that it holds. You'll want to see this.




 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street
(near Utensil)

Perfect for this time of year, Style Storehouse is stocking Andrea's Alchemy - nourishing wellness and skincare alchemy to nourish the body and soul. The line includes facial oils, body oils, essential oils and hand sanitizer. Throw a bottle in your purse and go.








Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3
(near the Dummy Light)

This is the busiest time of year for engagements and wedding planning with Valentine's Day right around the corner. Be sure to go in to see Lamb Hill Bridal Boutique's own line of wedding gowns even if you're not planning a wedding, so that you can recommend it to your friends.





Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide!  Luxe Optique, Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique, and Style Storehouse.



Where can you get your hair done in Beacon?
Or a beard trim? Or eyelash extensions?
Find out in A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Susan's next Defensive Driving course is on for Saturday, March 24th from 8:30am-3pm. This is your chance to increase your chances of saving money on your car insurance, and decrease your chances of getting a ticket or into an accident. Lunch is included, so save your seat now. Call Thomasine to reserve your spot: 845-245-6292.

Rhinebeck Bank

This week's episode of Wakeup with Rhinebeck Bank features the FDR Home and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. The museum's Curator Herman Eberhardt speaks with Michelle Barone-Lepore about the new permanent exhibit which offers more audio and interactive technology to create an immersion experience. “It’s a completely redone museum,” says Herman, promising that anyone who hasn't been since 2013 will be in for a new experience. Opening on April 21 is an exhibit of World War II posters, which are from the museum's own large collection. Visitors can also easily see Eleanor Roosevelt's home, Val-Kill, for an experience completely focused on her.  Watch this episode of Wake Up With Rhinebeck Bank for peeks inside everything mentioned here!

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Meet and mingle with other businesses in Beacon and beyond, as the Beacon Chamber's membership expands to include other communities who want to work together for their February Meeting. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will also be there to showcase the benefits of joint membership. Stephanie Carapola Jones, owner of The Blushery on Main Street, will give a tour of everything amazing that happens in her boutique and beauty bar! Membership not required for this meeting, and you're encouraged to bring a guest! Learn more here.
 

BeaconArts

BeaconArts congratulates New Board Members:
Hanny Ahern
Karlyn Benson
Meghan Goria
Linda Pratt Kimmel
Officers will be chosen at the next Board Meeting, currently scheduled for February 14.
If you are new to Beacon, here is the Mission driving BeaconArts:
"BeaconArts' mission is to foster and encourage the advancement of the City of Beacon as a center for arts and culture. We work to enable resident artists of all disciplines to live and thrive in Beacon by widely promoting their projects and events, as well as to develop and facilitate inspiring creative experiences and programs that promote a vibrant community and enrich the lives of our local citizens."

Tin Shingle : Member Meeting

The first Member Meeting at Tin Shingle went very well, where we got to meet a new member, the eco-baby clothes maker Lucky Bug Clothing who has all of their clothing sewn in Newburgh or Brooklyn. The next member meeting is the last Monday of the month, which is February, 26th at 12pm, and it's an Open House! We want to meet and empower as many business owners, artists and makers as we can, so membership not required for the next meeting. It's our Business Valentine to you! See you then, or sooner!

InHouse Design Media

Let InHouse Design Media work with you and your iPhone or other smartphone to take some amazing pictures for Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Events, your (possibly future) Blog, and so much more. Anyone can press the button to take a photo, but it takes practice and experience to take the photo from the right angle, using the right lighting, cropping out the right stuff. You want to remain in control when making flyers, and restrain yourself from using every color or font just because you can.

Let InHouse Design Media save you. Check out the new Social Media Photo Training for Clients package.

A Little Beacon Space

The time is right to host your workshop, now you just need a location. A Little Beacon's Space is a perfect location to fit your audience, conveniently located in the heart of Beacon.
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Latest from the Beacon City School Fundraising Guide: Rombout at Chipotle

Happening tonight - the Chipotle Challenge! Just kidding, it's not called that, but it is Rombout Middle School's turn at 50% of Chipotle's profits, when you buy dinner from 5 to 9 pm. Several of Beacon's public schools have been taking advantage of this corporate donation opportunity, and this is an easy way to indirectly donate to Rombout Middle School.

Take a look at what else is on the horizon in A Little Beacon Blog's Beacon City Schools' Fundraising Guide by clicking here. You'll note that the Wizards (basketball) are coming, and you'll find more easy ways to support the schools while meeting your entertainment and feel-good goals as well!

Insider Pro Tip: These school fundraiser nights are getting popular! So go early to get a seat, or plan to take that big burrito to go.

Rombout's Fundraising Goals:

Four to six tables to go outside the cafeteria doors, so students can earn the privilege of eating outside.
The Rombout PTO would also like to raise money for benches to be put in front of the building, in the bus drop-off area.
You can also donate directly to their GoFundMe campaign >

Update From Sargent's Fundraising Trivia Stars Night

Trivia Night was held at Hudson Valley Brewery with food cooked by Barb's Butchery and a slew of amazing raffle prizes from local businesses, including a growler from Obercreek Brewery, artwork, and other wins. According to the fundraiser's organizer, Erin Giunta, the night raised $2,700 for Sargent Elementary, whose fundraising goals include improving the Recess Experience, field trips, and a beautification project for the school's auditorium.

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Tin Shingle's First Monthly Member Meeting for Artists, Makers, Business Owners (Sponsored)

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Tin Shingle is a buzz-building resource for small (but mighty!) business owners, makers, artists and creators who need to get the word out. The engaging DIY platform teaches how to get PR, use social media, demystify SEO, explore effective website design, pumps you up to send newsletters to clients and customers, and provides overall motivation for kicking butt in your business.

Hence, Tin Shingle's first in-person Monthly Member Meetings! Tin Shingle has members from all over the country, but is based in Beacon, NY - right in the same office as A Little Beacon Blog (ALBB)! In fact, ALBB's publisher, Katie (that's me), is the owner of Tin Shingle! And I'm obsessed with small business creation, growth, and empowerment to keep going.

Tin Shingle has several levels of membership in order to fit the needs of different budgets and goals. Attending these monthly meetings requires a Community Level membership ($45/month) is commitment-free, and can be upgraded or downgraded at any time, depending on your needs. All other membership levels can attend, too.

This meeting will be used to help prepare your PR Planning for the next month. Connecting business owners, artists and makers is so important to us, because when we come together, fresh ideas fly. You begin to think bigger, and come away with new visions and strategies to help your business grow.


Tin Shingle's Kick A** Member Meeting

This hourlong meeting will include several parts. Indulge in this session of talking shop with other like-minded business owners who share several of your challenges and triumphs.

  • Workshop: Bring the magazines you want your business to be featured in. We will all be doing our homework by clipping ideas, writers and editors to follow up with for a fresh PR pitch.
  • Brain Picking: If there's an expert in the room, you can pick their brains! We know that Tin Shingle's owner Katie will be there, which means you can ask your questions about SEO, social media, business strategies, and PR.
  • Idea-ating: Through all of this, you're bound to come up with new ideas to  tackle this week or month. We're looking forward to hearing them!

Where: 291 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508. First Floor, First Door
When: Today, Monday, January 29 at noon EST

Come in! Business owners, artists, makers, creators who want to get the word out will get jazzed in this member meeting.

Come in! Business owners, artists, makers, creators who want to get the word out will get jazzed in this member meeting.