Watch for Giant Turtles Crossing - What Do They Do On The Other Side?

In last weekend’s edition of the Highlands Current, the reporting was turned on local Beacon beat reporter Jeff Simms, who normally writes the news for Beacon for the newspaper. His experience landed him front-page treatment. Normally, his own article is in this spot. Last week, however, he himself was in ink (not the ink on his arm, but on the page).

While riding his bike down 9D from Beacon to Cold Spring for their production meeting, Jeff spotted this snapping turtle gradually crossing the street. According to the article, Jeff pulled his bike over and attempted to encourage the turtle to go faster or move away from the road.

May-June is the time for turtles, which are one of 11 native species to New York, to be on the move to lay their eggs in sandy areas or loose soil, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC issued an advisory to motorists to watch out for migrating turtles, who are in decline. "The reptiles lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, which means the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local turtle population," according to the advisory. Suffice to say, the turtle was on a mission and did not deter.

Jeff’s next move was to call in the professionals - Mark Price - Beacon’s own Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Together, they moved the turtle by lifting it by either side of its shell, which the DEC recommends if you need to move one (see the DEC's full recommendation on how to move a turtle to safety).

Exciting times for this Tree City! Beacon is an official Tree City, as granted by New York State’s Urban Forestry Program which “fosters comprehensive planning, management and education throughout New York to create a healthy urban and community forest and enhance quality of life,” as stated by their mission

Happening This Weekend 6/15/2018

Happy Father's Day Weekend! Could we have asked for a more perfect weekend for the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival and strolling down Main Street Beacon? Let's see what else is going on this weekend...
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

Circle the Sun - w/ Rompatom & Imagination Playhouse
Day
: Friday, June 15, 2018
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Compass Arts, 211 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
Information >

Fishkill Farms Strawberry Jammin' Festival
Day
: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY

Crystal Lake Ribbon Cutting
Day
: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Crystal Lake, 100 Temple Ave, Newburgh, NY
Information >

Coffee & Shop at Wares
Day
: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Wares, 2 Tioronda Ave, Beacon, NY
Visit our friends at one of Beacon's newest boutiques, Wares, as they host a coffee shop with fellow local Big Mouth Coffee Roasters! Happening at the Wares shop, next to the cool silos. Go explore!
Information >
Thank you Wares for advertising in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide!

Artists Talk - Circus
Day
: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival
Days: June 16-17, 2018
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Information >

Kofi & Sankofa - Live Concert
Day
: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Concert & Record Release Party “Savoir Faire to Spare”
Day
: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Quinn’s, 330 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

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

Easy Peazy Pajama Pants with Katy Hope
Day
: Satuday, June 16, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Level: Confident Beginner
Location: Beetle and Fred, 171 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Art & Zine Club Meetup
Day: Friday, June 15, 2018
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Seeking Students for Battle of the Books 2018
Days for Middle School Students: Thursdays between June 28th through Aug. 30th
Days for High School Students: Tuesdays between June 19th and Aug. 14th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
The Howland Public Library is currently recruiting students to participate in the 14th Annual Middle School Battle of the Books, and students to participate in the 3rd Annual High School Battle of the Books.
Information >

Registration Open:
Tiny Book Show from The Creativity Caravan
SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
The Creativity Caravan is coming to Beacon! On Saturday, July 14th, Maya Stein and Amy Tingle are hitting the road and bringing their Tiny Book Show and Workshop to the Howland Public Library. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make their very own miniature books.
Information >

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

Registration Is Open & Summer Classes Have Started!
Dates and age ranges vary, so click here to see what is offered for each week!
Weekly Themes:
Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Theater Dance Technique
Pre-Ballet & Lower School I Ballet
Beginning Tap
Dance Exploration Week
Theater Dance Intensive Week
Ballet Intensive Week
To Register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email info@BalletArtsStudio.com
Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide!

View A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide for more ideas!


Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!


BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
The frames you see here are are designed by Jacques Marie Mage, and are number 55 of 400 in the world. Yes that's right. The frames with a signature side shield are a limited edition. Crafted in titanium with a heavy gold plating (higher than a Cartier frame), it’s the ultimate in luxury sun wear with the highest quality of manufacturing and design. Available at Luxe Optique now.





BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
This beachy Lillian West gown is perfect for a destination wedding to someplace on the water, or maybe on a boat This gorgeous photo was taken at at Lambs Hill Venue by our friend Alicia King Photo, whose studio you can find next door to Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique down at 1 East Main Street.




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



The next big update is happening to the Beauty Guide!
There are new barbers in town, and we're catching up on all of it.
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Rhinebeck Bank

Vote for Rhinebeck Bank in the Time Herald Readers Choice Awards! Find Rhinebeck Bank in the Professionals Services category, and then in the "Bank" section. Good luck, Rhinebeck Bank!
Place Your Vote >

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

When was the last time you connected with your agent? Has been at least 2 years? Two years is a valuable time in establishing a Life Insurance plan. Have your beneficiaries or life goals changed? Meet with the Antalek & Moore team to find a plan that protects your future. Visit them in their 340 Main Street office, or call them at 845-831-4300.

Tin Shingle

Listen to Tin Shingle's next live Training TuneUp, "Digital Marketing as Circuit Training" on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 3pm EST. First delivered at the East Fishkill Library for SCORE of Dutchess County. This is your chance to get the presentation from your own home or office.
Register >

Katie James, Inc.

Photos of your art, studio, place of business and staff makes such a difference when you are promoting or selling. Professional photographers from Katie James Inc. can come to your place of business and take pictures of these things, to showcase them the way they should be shown. Beautifully. See a few photo examples here, and contact us for details and pricing.
Book your next private or public event or workshop at A Little Beacon Space! Located in the middle of Main Street in Beacon. Storefront windows with inspiring lighting inside. Learn more here.

BeaconArts

Membership with BeaconArts provides funding, support and expertise for achieving BeaconArts’ vision and mission. You will be the first learn about events, exhibit opportunities, member-to-member opportunities and more. Join Today! >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce has been busy with Ribbon Cuttings for new businesses in town, like this one with Lucky Cut! Are you a new business, or are you an existing business who just refreshed or launched a new service? Contact them today about scheduling a Ribbon Cutting!
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Until next week!

Annual “Cannonball Run” Through University Settlement Property - Saturday, July 7, 2018

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The Race That Begins at The Pool, and Ends IN The Pool!

RACE DETAILS
When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 9:30am Registration. First Heat starts at 10:15am
Where: The Pool at the University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY Donation/Price: $20 for 5K
$5 for 1 Mile

The Beacon Parks and Recreation Department is at it again with the 2nd Annual Cannonball Run! This is no normal race - you get to start at the pool, and and IN the pool by jumping in to celebrate your finishing the run. Speaking of its title, don't let it fool you. Says Nate Smith, Assistant Director of the Recreation Department: "You can walk, stroll, jog, sprint, however you want to participate. We just want you to have fun. Though this is a trail run, so there will be some hills. Just to make it more exciting!" So bring your bathing suit and get ready for a great Saturday morning.

Fundraiser for the Beacon Recreation After School Programs

The run itself is awesome, but really it's a fundraiser for Beacon's After School Programs, which has been instrumental in changing the public school experience in Beacon for the much better. The 5 day program that runs from 3-6pm started in the elementary schools, where enrolled kids can stay at school and are engaged in different themed activities for their day, such as Yoga, Bird Watching, Martial Arts, Spanish, and more. Local businesses are involved to serve as the instructors, and it's been a win-win for everyone.

While it is a tuition-based program that families need to pay for, there is a Tuition Assistance Program that parents have been able to take advantage of if they need it. Says Nate: "We have had parents who needed the program in order to get back on their feet and get to work. And we have had parents not need the Assistance Program anymore because they returned to work and got things sorted."

This year, the Recreation Department is fundraising in preparation to expand the program to the Rombout Middle School. It's the trickle-up effect. Fundraising efforts will help the Recreation Department secure the funds they need to start that program.

A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of this event, as we have first-hand experience of how wonderful the After School program is, which includes their instructors, caregivers and programming. We give this event a double-high five!

About The Cannonball Run

You have your choice of doing a 5K or a one-mile trail run.  The race begins at the pool and ends IN the pool. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the suggested donation fee is $20 for 5K, $5.00 for the 1mile.  You can also pre-register at the City of Beacon Recreation's Department Facebook Page.

Win Some Of The Best Prizes Around!

Yes there will be prizes for the following categories from the following businesses:

  • Fastest 5K Male
  • Fastest 5K Female
  • Fastest Mile (Male, under 12)
  • Fastest Mile (Female, under 12)
  • Best Costumes
  • Raffles

Sponsoring Businesses:

  • Nella Bellas Boutique
  • Mountain Tops
  • Trax Espresso Bar & Coffee Roasters
  • Bank Square Coffeehouse
  • Fishkill Farms
  • Hudson Valley Renegades
  • Beacon Bagel
  • Barb's Butchery
  • Garrison Art Center
  • Beacon Creamery
  • Bounce! Trampoline Sports
  • beBhakti Yoga
  • SHRED Foundation
  • BCSD PTO Collaborative
  • A Little Beacon Blog
  • Beacon Arts & Education Foundation
  • Girls Inc.
  • Keyfood Beacon
  • Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such
  • Artisan Wine Shop
  • Play Toys and Gifts
  • Beetle and Fred
  • Fishkill Bowl
  • Mr V's Deli
  • Sal's Pizza & Pasta

You can RSVP on Facebook here

Beacon Booming With Literary Opportunities For Writers and Readers!

Last time we wrote about the literary goings-on in Beacon, we were shocked that there was SO MUCH GOING ON. Just a few months later and THERE’S EVEN MORE HAPPENING. If you are a writer, or you like the company of writers, or you're a reader or listener, our town (and slightly beyond its limits) is absolutely bursting into bloom right now for you.

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Readings

The Sunset Reading Series at the Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring features extremely talented and famous writers in an incomparably beautiful venue. On Sunday, June 24, Benjamin Taylor will read, presumably from his new family memoir “The Hue and Cry at Our House.”  

On Wednesday, June 20, Calling All Poets (CAPS) and The Vinyl Room deliver you a super chill event with open mic and spoken word, with vinyl jazz accompaniment. Suggested donation is $3, and BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl). CAPS has loads of other upcoming events to check out as well.

Community

The Howland Library in Beacon has an upcoming Author Talk with Carol Lynn Lustgarten on Thursday, June 14. The poet, author and artist “will read selections from her three books, as well as share her experience in self-publishing. The event will end with a bit of fun, participatory improv that Ms. Lustgarten will do. Her books will be available for sale and signing." Titles include "Stormy Sky," "Who Needs a Boyfriend? Life, Happiness and Other Thoughts," and "I Don't Like Getting Old.” The event is free!

Get Lit Beacon is in full swing and we are eagerly awaiting their next Get Lit Salon at Oak Vino in July. Until then, their blog tides us over with literary-minded interviews and articles by members Flora Stadler and Kristen Holt Browning, among others.

Workshops and Classes

Speaking of Get Lit Beacon, organizer and author Julie Chibbaro is currently offering one-on-on workshops for fiction and creative nonfiction writers.

Poet Ruth Danon has a fantastic and free demonstration class on Wednesday, June 13, focusing on improvisational writing and craft study. By the end of the session you will determine a schedule and make plans for a sequence of six sessions of poetry classes in Beacon, NY. She also offers one-on-one consultations and workshops for poets.

Short on time for a regular thing? Memoir writer Donna Minkowitz is offering a one-day workshop on Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 5 pm, with a price break for local residents. Her weekly workshops will resume in late September.

Bookstores

On Saturday, June 16, Split Rock Books in Cold Spring will open its doors from 10 am to 7 pm to give everyone a peek at what’s been going on behind that newspaper in the windows. Their website describes the bookstore’s mission as: “An independent bookstore carrying a curated selection of new books with a focus on literary fiction and nonfiction, bestsellers, and children’s books. We will also be able to order books by request. Our events will include children's and family programming, book clubs, readings, signings and discussions.”  More bookstores cannot be a bad thing, in our humble opinion. 

You are of course familiar with the stupendous Binnacle Books in Beacon, and their readings and book release parties in their backyard garden, but don’t forget to check back in to see what’s on tap for upcoming events and book club meetings hosted by Denning's Point Distillery. Speaking of the backyard – One Nature Garden Center now boasts a lovely area for kids to hang out, in addition to native plants, and seems like a perfect place to read a new book you may have just bought next door.

Happening This Weekend 6/8/2018

It's here! The Annual 🍓 Strawberry Festival from The Beacon Sloop Club is this Sunday.  It will be a nice way to relax and take it easy after buying (or selling) at the Beacon Yard Sale on Saturday.  This will be a good weekend to be out in the community, say "Hello!" to your neighbors and enjoy some dry weather!  Let's see what else is going on this weekend...
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
Beacon's Second Saturday is happening! The galleries are ready to share their art with you, so see A Little Beacon Blog's full walking tour Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide to see which art is in each gallery. We even have when untraditional galleries like churches or shops have dedicated their walls to an artist, so learn about who is where here!

Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale
Day: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Beacon, NY
Information >

Clean Water Forum
Day: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Cold Spring Dock, corner of Main St & West St, Cold Spring, NY
Information >

Tarot Card Readings with Robert Alvarez
Day
: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 12-6:30pm
Location: Notions-N-Potions, 175 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Voxare String Quartet
Day
: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 447 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Strawberry Festival
Day: 
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY
Information >

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo Spring Market
Day
: Saturday & Sunday, June 9-10, 2018
Time: 10am (Sat), 11am (Sun)
Location: Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston, NY
Information >

Family Dance Party - The Beacon Boulder Project Fundraiser
Day: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 3-6pm
Location: Quinn’s, 330 Main St, Beacon, NY
A new initiative to build a climbing gym at the University Settlement Camp. Building of it started, so they are fundraising for Phase 2, which you can learn about here, and boogie on down on Sunday during their fundraiser.
Information >

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

Run the Runway 2M
Day
: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 10:30am
Location: Stormville Airport, 428 Route 216, Stormville, NY
Information >

Learn about more upcoming races in our 5K Races Guide.


 

Chalk Paint 101 - The Annie Sloan Method
Day
: Sunday June 10, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Native Plants and Their Pollinators with Native Beeology
Day
: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 10am-11:30am
Location: One Nature Garden Center, 321 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information > 

For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



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


Registration for Ballet Arts Studio Camp is open! Dates and age ranges vary, so click here to see what is offered for each week! The first session starts Monday, June 11, 2018. To Register, please call them at (845) 831-1870 or email to info@BalletArtsStudio.com.
Choose from these themes:
Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Theater Dance Technique
Pre-Ballet & Lower School I Ballet
Beginning Tap
Dance Exploration Week
Theater Dance Intensive Week
Ballet Intensive Week
Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide!

View A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide for more ideas! 

 
 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!


 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
Look at this guy in his shades! Those glasses are "transitions," where the lens darkens and lightens on its own. Ryon of Luxe Optique is holding color samples you can choose from to design your transitions. If you wanted a green tint, or orange, or classic. Stop into check out the choices.




 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Lambs Hill is bursting at the seams with excitement when this new gown came in: "Holy Matrimoji! Hayley Paige is in the house! Our first Hayley Paige wedding gown "Londyn" has arrived!"






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



The next big update is happening to the Beauty Guide!
There are new barbers in town, and we're catching up on all of it.
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Rhinebeck Bank

Dreaming of a new kitchen? Us too. The recipe for a successful remodel is research, and Rhinebeck Bank is giving you some. Attend their Kitchen Remodeling event June on 14th at Page Lumber. This seminar will feature financing options, kitchen trends, and how to hire a contractor—all ingredients needed to avoid stress & make for success!
Event Information >

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

The insurance agents at Antalek & Moore want young people to re-think their approach to health insurance. "Some young adults think that health insurance is too expensive to purchase, but they can actually save money by purchasing it. Health insurance acts like a discount program for medical services, so those without insurance pay significantly more for medical services than those with it." Want to learn more? Visit them in their 340 Main Street office, or call them at 845-831-4300.

Tin Shingle

When you're trying to get the media to write about your business, sometimes social media can be a great way to get in front of editors looking for what you're saying. Do this by using the best hashtags. Tin Shingle keeps a Hashtag Cheat Sheet for members at Community Level 1 and above to access any time! Start a membership online now, and start getting new ideas!

Katie James, Inc.

Photos of your art, studio, place of business and staff makes such a difference when you are promoting or selling. Professional photographers from Katie James Inc. can come to your place of business and take pictures of these things, to showcase them the way they should be shown. Beautifully. Contact us for details and pricing.
         
Book your next private or public event or workshop at A Little Beacon Space! Located in the middle of Main Street in Beacon. Storefront windows with inspiring lighting inside. Learn more here.

BeaconArts

BeaconArts is always trying to get the word out about art in Beacon. This time, they were at the Dutchess Tourism awards breakfast and were swapping brochures, which list all of their members on their famous map. Are you on it? Join Today! >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Business friends from inside and outside of Beacon are joining in with Beacon's Chamber of Commerce. Recent member meetings have been at invigorating places like the new shop Wyld Womyn, Max's On Main, with a Ribbon Cutting at A Lucky Cut. Are you a member yet? Join in!
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Little Pink Slip Re Water Test On Your Door - Not From the City

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You know that little pink slip that was hung on your front door last week, with a little vial in it requesting a water sample? It might surprise you to know it's not from the City of Beacon. It is from a private company called Hudson Valley Water Consultants, who pretty much just want to sell you a water filtration system of some kind. Which, maybe you want a water filtration system! But this has nothing to do with the City of Beacon - just in case you got confused.

Mailings or other distributed materials like this (this one was hand-delivered) often tend to look official, and sometimes are even designed to look like they came from a city or official government agency - like when you get those fake IRS notices or fake Trademark Renewal letters in the mail from attorneys trying to trick you into thinking something is wrong with your trademark.

What - you've never gotten those?

This solicitation was a questionnaire that asked for personal information about your household, including how many children you may have, pets, or if you rent or own your home. Beacon's City Administrator, Anthony Ruggiero, did announce during a City Council Meeting on June 4, 2018, that the company did legally obtain a Peddler's Permit from the City of Beacon to solicit, but he clarified that it is not a city-sponsored campaign.

"We [the City of Beacon] do testing [of the water], but this is not how we do it," said Anthony during the meeting, letting people know that the little pink slip in the bag with the water vial is nothing city-related and not a test that anyone needs to partake in. Even though the company name is stated on the advertisement, if you skimmed it or just read the parts in bold, you might have gotten the wrong impression.

Which Reminds Us...

Back in late February, some people were going around house-to-house soliciting FIOS for Verizon, trying to sell Internet and Triple Play packages. At that time, Anthony reminded everyone during a February 20, 2018, City Council Meeting that you have the right to be placed on a Do-Not-Knock list, which comes with a sticker for your door! Entities applying for a Peddler's Permit have access to this list and are instructed to respect it.

Said Anthony at that time: "You can call City Hall to be put on the Do-Not-Knock list. They [the peddler] will get the list. The law is on the books. Always ask people knocking door-to-door if they have the Peddler's Permit. Ask to see the permit. If they don't have it, politely close the door and call the police department. Exempt from that law are Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and politicians. If you don't want politicians, put a No Trespassing sign on your door (smiley face)."

Happening This Weekend - 6/1/2018

Hello June! And hello humidity. Got frizzy hair? Best to give into it with some beach hair product maybe carried in salons around Beacon (check A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide for listings!). You might be able to pick some up at Colorant who makes their own batch of bottled ocean (check with them first, we couldn't confirm in time for publication!).

And now, let's get to the things to do!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

Country Living Fair
Day: June 1-3, 2018
Time: 10-5pm
Location: Dutchess Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
Information >

Country Music Night
Day: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: Beacon Elks Lodge #1493, 900 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon, NY
Beacon Elks Lodge presents Way Behind the Sun Band a Night of Real Country Music. Proceeds benefit Elks charities.

Circus! @ The Howland Opening Reception
Days
: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Newburgh Illuminated Festival
Day: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 12pm
Location: Broadway & Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY
Information >

Book Launching: Mating in Captivity
Da
y: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Roof-top Swing Dancing
Day
: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 7:30-10pm
Location: The Inn and Spa at Beacon, 151 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

The 29th Annual Calico Ball Global Dance Festival
Starring Beacon's 3rd Graders at the Beacon High School
Day
: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 10am
Location: 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Information >



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

iPhoneography Workshop w/ Mary Ann Glass
Day
: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Riverwinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Farrow Dress with Katy Hope
Day
: Friday, June 1, 2018 & Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 10am-2pm
Level: Confident Beginner
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Walking Foot Quilting
Day
: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 1-3pm
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Pom-Pom and Tassel DIY Workshop at Wares
Day
: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Wares, 2 Tioronda Ave, Beacon, NY
Information >

Relax and Restore Acupuncture and Essential Oils with Erika Forsell, LAc
Day
: Sunday June 3, 2018
Time: 4-6pm 
Location: Beacon of Light Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference
Day
: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 12:30-7pm
Location: The Culinary Institute of America, Marriott Pavilion, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.




Ballet Arts Studio - Spring Concert!
A Life of Dance | The Dance of Life

Day: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 2pm and 6:30pm
Location: Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY
Experience the celebration of the circle of life, and the passing down of timeless dance traditions from parent to child, in this family-friendly Spring Concert by dancers with Ballet Arts Studio.
Tickets Available Here >
Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring the Kids Classes Guide!






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 the block from Beacon Bread Company)
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Beacon City Council Votes "No" to Airbnb Type Short-Term Rentals - Striking Down Their Own Legislation

 Photo Credit:  An Airbnb in Rome.  We did not want to affiliate anyone's unit with this article. When in Rome...

Photo Credit: An Airbnb in Rome. We did not want to affiliate anyone's unit with this article. When in Rome...

The headline of this article might seem odd, because it implies that Beacon's City Council was not in favor of short-term rentals (aka Airbnb or home-sharing). Council members actually largely did support homeowners renting out their homes to earn extra income. The night of the vote, homeowners who rent out spaces via the Airbnb website had come to the City Council meeting to ask the Council members to vote against the legislation that the Council had been crafting to legalize short-term rentals in Beacon based on the public's input for the past several months.

In a vote of 3-4, with Mayor Randy Casale, Jodi McCredo, and Lee Kyriacou voting "Yes" to legalize short-term rentals, the rest of the Council voted "No." After tallying the votes, the Mayor announced: "The law does not pass. What that means is that all short-term rentals are illegal in the City of Beacon."

The resulting silence was stupefying. It lasted for 24 seconds. The night had been set up for the vote to pass. Homeowners and people who cleaned short-term rentals had shown up to demonstrate their support for short-term rentals - yet asked for a "No" vote. They then got that "No" vote, along with the declaration that short-term rentals were illegal in Beacon because there was essentially no law at all in the first place to protect them.

Editor's Note, 6/1/2018: By default, short-term rentals in Beacon were prohibited, so they were never allowed in the first place (hard concept to grasp, but we explain below), nor had any protections. This legislation would have legalized them, and required them to get a permit.

Two additional pro-short-term rental laws were also being proposed, on the assumption that short-term rentals would be legalized:

  • One proposed law would set the new permit fee;
  • The other would have urged New York State to set its zoning code for short-term rentals, and separate short-term rentals from being classified as Bed and Breakfasts. At the state level, that classification requires that homes have sprinkler systems or egress windows for fire safety.

Technically, there is no law about short-term rentals in Beacon, so there is nothing in place to protect them. According to Beacon City Attorney Nick Ward-Willis, new things like short-term rentals that are not specifically written into Beacon’s Zoning Ordinance are prohibited. Said Nick via email: "The Beacon Zoning Ordinance provides in the Schedule of Use Regulations a list of permitted uses within a zoning district and provides that 'No building or premises shall be used and no building or part of a building shall be erected or altered, which is arranged, intended or designated to be used, in whole or in part, for any uses except the following [see the Schedule of Uses].' Any use not specifically listed shall be deemed to be prohibited.”

Why Now? Why Are Short-Term Rentals Being Contested?

Beacon’s City Council has been debating how to legalize short-term rentals since December 2017, after a Beacon resident and new owner of 51 Orchard Place cut down 13 trees in his yard without a permit, and listed the home on Airbnb. Some of his neighbors were enraged (others supported the tree removal), and brought to the City Council their concerns that homes in neighborhoods were being purchased not as primary residences, but as investment properties (aka "non-owner occupied"), thus altering the neighborhood feel.

Those against his listing of the Orchard Place property on Airbnb presented a petition to ask the City to define regulations about short-term rentals, but not stop the practice entirely. Neighbors were demanding that the City enforce that short-term rentals be illegal in Beacon, but there wasn't an ordinance either way about whether they were allowed or not. Hence the default to the rule that the City Attorney mentioned above.

The legislation that the City Council crafted (after several rounds of drafts) essentially legislated this house out of being a short-term rental because it was not the owner's primary residence. This home has since been unlisted from Airbnb, and put on the market for an asking price of $699,900. The Zillow estimate of the home is $412K.

Wait, What? Short-Term Rentals Are Illegal in Beacon?

According to a letter submitted by Airbnb to the City of Beacon, in 2017 alone, over 9,100 people stayed in Beacon in an Airbnb. Also in 2017, Dutchess County took in over $220,000 in taxes from the 4% Bed Tax paid by Airbnb on behalf of its homeowner hosts, according to Dutchess County Legislator Nick Page, who we reached out to for numbers. Based on those stats, there are far more people coming to stay the night in Beacon than there are hotel rooms to house them in Beacon or in Fishkill. There is a huge supply of people coming to Beacon to stay the night.

Other cities have been operational in the home-sharing market, but in an unregulated or protected way. For instance, in a suburb of Columbus, OH, called Upper Arlington, Airbnb was beginning to thrive, as people would seek to stay there when visiting for Ohio State University games. Last month, Upper Arlington voted to make all short-term rentals illegal, and stated to revisit it in one year.

Beacon had been drafting a law to allow short-term rentals (see our highlights of what was in or out here). Some topics that were addressed included possible limits on how many days a property could be rented, and what spaces were not rentable - attics, or basements, or RVs and tents in backyards. Other cities do have a limit on the number of nights homeowners can rent out, and Beacon started with a 100-day maximum, but during a public meeting, Council Person John Rembert suggested that the council revisit that after hearing public pushback against the maximum. The City Council did throw out that maximum. See the final version of the law here for what was included or not.

The final version of the bill called for one added expense for homeowners: a permit that would be good for two years and could be renewed. And that was the only added expense.

The Issue of the Sprinklers

Once you have the OK to set up shop in Beacon as a short-term rental, you have to also be OK with New York State code, and in compliance with whatever the state says. The state has not yet defined its code requirements for short-term rentals. It drafted a law, but that law has been stalled for a long time. In New York's draft of a brand-new state law for short-term rentals, sprinklers are not mentioned, and the fire-safety requirements for a homeowner would include "conspicuously" posting a list of emergency phone numbers for police, fire and poison control. They would also need to have a working fire extinguisher. However, we asked Beacon's Dutchess County Legislator, Nick Page, if he knew of any movement on that new bill. "Not as far as I know," was his answer.

If there is no code specified, Beacon's Building Inspector, Timothy Dexter, has stated that he would go by the Bed and Breakfast fire code, which requires sprinkler systems in the home or an egress window that can be pushed out.

Homeowners found that threatening and not affordable. However, if New York State completes their law, this could all be a moot point. The Beacon law was requiring that homeowners comply with New York State law - which people need to do anyway with state laws. Beacon's law was simply to say that short-term rentals in a primary residence were OK, and outlined some rules - which did not specify sprinklers.

What Was Beacon's Law For? What Got Voted "No"?

Beacon's law would have legalized short-term rentals in the city of Beacon, and had nothing to do with state law (because there currently is no state law around short-term rentals). The state law could have included the sprinklers depending on interpretation by the Building Inspector, based on guidance he got from the state, according to the City Attorney. During the night of the city council's vote, the City Attorney went on to say that the state has to regulate short-term rentals somewhere, and until there is something official, that somewhere is code relating to Bed and Breakfasts. However, he noted, the regulation could be in a more restrictive area called R1, but the State is seeking the less restrictive of Bed and Breakfast.

Said the City Attorney that night: “We are talking about two distinctions. What the zoning permits, versus what the state permits. You can regulate zoning, but you can’t regulate what the state code provides for.” Two different laws. Beacon's law would only have green-lighted the concept of short-term rentals in the Schedule of Uses, and how that would work.

Here's a screenshot of what a portion of what Beacon's Schedule of Uses mentioned above looks like. See those line items? Behind each item on this list is how the area of interest would work, according to how the City of Beacon regulated it. The short-term rentals regulation would have put Short-Term Rentals onto this list, with certain rules to follow (here's a link to the law's final draft, which was voted down).

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Remember About the Tattoo Parlors? An Ordinance Was Written To Make Tattoo Parlors Illegal in Beacon, Until...

Editor's Note: This section was edited on 6/13/2018 after more information was provided by Keith Zahra in the Comment section).

Alright. Do you see Tattoo Parlors in the list above? Many years ago in 2000, under a totally different City Council, there was a tattoo parlor in town called Zahra's Studio. Tattoo parlors didn't have an ordinance at all. Much like short-term rentals don't have an ordinance at the moment (which by Beacon law, makes them illegal unless they have an ordinance defining how they should run). Some people didn't want tattoo parlors in town anymore. To lock that in and make sure the tattoo parlor couldn't operate legally, an ordinance was written and passed that banned any and all tattoo parlors. Zahra's Studio eventually closed, but not because of the ordinance, according to owner Keith Zahra in the Comment section of this article below!

Said Keith in an outtake of the comment below: "[I was] Open and running for years after the statues of limitations voided any possible future enforcement of the existing tattooing laws. I had a New York State Supreme Court lawsuit filed against City of Beacon for constitutional violations. This case is a lot more complicated than the simplicity of a prohibition and a grandfather clause. City of Beacon violated tattoo artist’s rights like no other government municipality in the country, it was becoming a legal precedence in the industry." Scroll down or click here to read more about his experience with the law. Twelve years later, that rule was reversed, and tattoo parlors were allowed.

 Matthew Montleon, owner of Honorable Ink, was responsible for instigating the reversal of a law that prohibited tattoo parlors in Beacon.  There is no law written to prohibit short-term rentals in Beacon, but City Council voted down a law written to protect them, leaving short-term rental law in the gray and beholden to default law.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Matthew Montleon, owner of Honorable Ink, was responsible for instigating the reversal of a law that prohibited tattoo parlors in Beacon.  There is no law written to prohibit short-term rentals in Beacon, but City Council voted down a law written to protect them, leaving short-term rental law in the gray and beholden to default law.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Matthew Montleon, founder of Honorable Ink, the popular tattoo parlor on Main Street, approached the City Council in 2012 to have this reversed so that he could open his own tattoo parlor, Honorable Ink. According to a Poughkeepsie Journal article he has framed in his establishment, he had the support of Mayor Casale and Council Person George Mansfield, who worked to reverse the rule, saying that tattoos were part of our culture now, especially in our artist-friendly town of Beacon. You may remember the videos on it as Matthew showed up to debate the topic and present his case.

According to Matthew, not only did the City Council reverse the ordinance, but Mayor Casale suggested writing a new ordinance to legalize tattoo parlors, which would have set rules on how tattoo parlors could operate in Beacon, assuming they followed New York State health code and any other code New York State set. This is how legalizing tattoo parlors in Beacon in 2012 played out.

This situation could be likened to the move to legalize short-term rentals in Beacon. Only this time, Council Person George Mansfield voted against legalizing short-term rentals, and the Mayor voted for legalizing short-term rentals. Even though both of them were advocating for homeowners who wanted to rent their homes out in the short-term market.

New York State Law vs Beacon Law - Totally Different Things

Being that there is no clear-cut definition of fire safety code for these properties, Beacon's Building Inspector was leaning toward enforcing sprinkler systems or egress windows as called for in the New York State law concerning Bed and Breakfasts, based on guidance he got from the state, according to the City Attorney, who went on to explain:

 

“Other communities have not addressed this. ... They have turned a blind eye to the building code enforcement issue. Now that the issue is out there in the forefront, the building inspector’s viewpoint is it’s a fire, life, and safety issue, that ultimately is on him. If he turns a blind eye to it, and there is a casualty, ultimately it’s on him. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but there are examples of where there is criminal prosecution against building officials who do not enforce a code provisions when they are in knowing of violations. For him to continue to turn a blind eye, I don’t think is within his job description.”

 

It should be noted, however, that should New York State define its law, for short-term rentals, nothing changes in the Beacon law - only the requirements of the state law. Neither the proposed state law nor the Beacon law mentioned sprinkler systems or egress windows.

During the night of the vote, City Attorney Nick Ward-Willis recalled how he contacted a few people at the State level to get further clarification, but was unable to find any. "At the New York State Department of State (DOS), I spoke with Justin Cartwright, Director of Legislative Affairs for the NYS Department of State (who Airbnb referred us to). Mr. Cartwright referred us to Joseph Ball, Associate Attorney in the Department of State’s Office of General Counsel. We also spoke with Mark Miranda, Regional Contact, Department of State, Division of Standards and Codes." He was unable to get clear answers on fire-safety enforcement for short-term rentals, since no law exists.

Therefore, written into Beacon's law, was a requirement for the building inspector to inspect a prospective short-term rental to see if the short-term rental was compliant with "the International Series of Codes and New York State Code Supplement," and then make a recommendation from there. The city attorney also mentioned that an individual who disagrees with the building inspector’s interpretation of the International and State Code provisions may appeal to the NYS Department of State, Division of Building Standards and Codes, by filling out and submitting an application form available at: https://www.dos.ny.gov/Dcea/pdf/2078-a-f.pdf.

During the Council's last Workshop on short-term rentals on April 30, 2018, the City Attorney did suggest that a way to trigger New York State into addressing the fire code issue was to file a lawsuit against New York State.

Can Sprinklers Be Written Out of the Law?

Moments before the vote took place during the May 21, 2018, City Council Meeting, George Mansfield asked the city attorney if Beacon's law could be written so that sprinklers were not required. The Attorney answered that the law could not, that a state code could only be added to, and not subtracted from, at the city level. "The city does not have the ability to create laws or definitions or regulations for the State building code. You could apply stricter interpretations, but you can’t have it less permissive. The city does not have the ability to influence the State code interpretation."

The proposed local law required that homeowners follow New York State law, which could change at any time, given pressure to the state to complete their law. If New York State law changes, nothing would be amended into Beacon's law. Meaning, if New York follows through with only requiring a fire extinguisher and list of phone numbers, then that is what people would need to do because they need to follow New York State law.

Plus, Did You Know That Major US Cities Like NYC Actually Heavily Regulate Airbnb?

The headlines at major news outlets have been popping up recently. Some communities turned a blind eye to short-term rentals not being on the official list of things allowed and not allowed (like Beacon did). Others turned a blind eye, but after complaints, created legislation to officially shut down the practice (like Upper Arlington, that suburb outside of Columbus, OH). Cities like Miami Beach don't allow it in certain zones.

Surprisingly, New York City has very tight restrictions on short-term rentals, as pointed out by a recent CNBC article, which states:

 

New York City, which Airbnb lists as its top destination for guests, has some of the tightest restrictions on short-term rentals in the country. It is illegal to rent out an entire residence for less than 30 days in New York City. Short-term rentals are permitted only if the homeowner is also staying there throughout the rental period and there are no more than two renters.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law in 2016 making it illegal to advertise occupancy for short-term rentals in buildings with three or more units (here's the state law). Violators are subject to fines of up to $7,500.

 

Beacon's proposed law imposed no limit on the amount of nights the property could rent per calendar year. Beacon's proposed law did not require the homeowner to be on the property at the time of renting. Beacon's proposed law did not restrict short-term rentals by zone.

Did Beacon have a bird in hand, and not realize it?

Did the council members who voted "no" do it as a bluff or statement against the sprinklers (that weren't even in the local law)? Not realizing how many of them would trigger a majority?

Did that many constituents who supported short-term rentals ask their council member to vote "no," and were maybe confused about how a vote of "no" would pan out, or what it included? That this vote was a separate issue from The Sprinkler Issue?

Beacon Was Being Progressive - So What Happened?

The night of the vote, Council Person George Mansfield stated that his vote of "no" was contingent upon Beacon asking New York State to hurry up and decide already about their fire-safety code. However, a vote of "no" does nothing to protect short-term rentals during the time in which it takes New York State to move in any direction - which could be a long time.

Additionally, if New York State did decide to only require a list of phone numbers and a fire extinguisher as their required fire code in short-term rentals, the vote in Beacon would not be retroactive.

We reached out for comment from the council people and heard back from everyone but Mayor Casale, John Rembert and George Mansfield. They get a lot of emails, so we get it if ours was lost.

Terry Nelson, who voted against the legislation stated: "I personally received an overwhelming amount of email urging me to vote 'no' and these came from short-term rental (STR) owners. Their rationale was that the proposed resolution was a step towards driving them out of business. My reason for voting 'no' is that the resolution did not adequately address many of the subtle nuances of STR ownership. Also, it would create a system in which only those with the financial means would be able to be in the STR business."

When I asked Terry for clarification on the financial implication, Terry referred to the possible New York State mandated sprinkler system or egress window requirement that Bed and Breakfasts need to conform to. But sprinklers are not in the currently stalled New York State law, and they were not in the local Beacon proposed law. Terry referred to other fees in the proposed law, but there only seems to be a permit fee in Beacon's law. So fear of additional fees as a reason to vote no on Beacon's law is unclear, since the Beacon law that was up for a vote did not require sprinklers.

Jodi McCredo, who voted in favor of legalizing short-term rentals, stated: "I did receive requests to vote 'no' as well as requests to vote 'yes.' I believe that voting 'yes' to the law, along with the resolution to request state action and a grace period on the code until the end of the year, was the bast way to help our owner-occupied short-term rental hosts stay in business while shutting down the non-owner-occupied short-term rentals that most of the community seemed to be against. The 'no' vote simply shut down everyone."

Lee Kyriacou, who voted in favor of legalizing short-term rentals, stated: "There looked to be a concerted effort to encourage a 'no' vote. In my view, no change in current law keeps all short-term rentals illegal, which leaves the city free to chase them down. The proposed local law that did not pass 3-4 would have legalized owner-occupied short-term rentals."

Amber Grant, who voted against the legislation to legalize short-term rentals, stated: "Throughout the entire process of crafting the legislation, I heard a lot from constituents. I also spent time with many of them, listening to their concerns and even touring a short-term rental. I thank everyone who made their voices heard."

So What Happens Now?

If you have seen the movie Evita starring Madonna, then you may recall the song, "Another Suitcase In Another Hall," in which Madonna sings the recurring breakup song, with the emotional line: "So what happens now?" wondering where she is going to go. The song ends with a character in the movie answering in whisper: "Don't ask... anymore..."

So... to be continued.

Here's the final proposed law that was voted on, in case you're interested in what was allowed for short-term rentals, in case it comes up again. Jeff Simms, Beacon beat reporter for The Highlands Current, got his article up about it last week, if you want another recap.


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Antalek & Moore Expands Into Ulster County and Welcomes Rob DeWit (Sponsored)

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Grand Opening of Antalek & Moore Marlboro Location!
WHEN: Thursday, May 31
TIME: 3 to 7 pm
WHERE: 1313 & 1311 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 

Beacon residents are lucky to have a service like Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency right at our fingertips! With their track record of success in the community, Antalek & Moore is expanding into Ulster County with a new office in Marlboro, NY. “There seems to be a business barrier when it comes to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge,” says Susan Antalek Pagones, co-executive partner at Antalek & Moore. “We wanted to overcome that obstacle and found that opening our own office on that side of the river would be the perfect way to do so.” 

Co-Executive Partners Vince Lemma and Susan Antalek Pagones, both in the Beacon office, are excited about the expansion of their agency. While they have always served customers who live outside Dutchess County, this gives the agency the chance to be right in the heart of the Marlboro community. They pride themselves on community involvement and support, and look forward to making many new relationships to carry on that commitment to their neighbors.

Antalek & Moore Welcomes Rob DeWit To The Team

In addition to opening the new location, Antalek & Moore welcomes a new member, Rob DeWit, to the team. Rob is a longtime insurance industry expert and will be a crucial asset to the team as they make the move. “The reason why I chose insurance was I wanted to make a difference and help people when they need it most," says Rob, in the company's press release announcing the expansion.

“We are very excited Rob has joined the Antalek & Moore team,” says Vince Lemma. “He will bring many years of insurance industry experience and he is looking forward to help grow in Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties.”

Rob comes with over 14 years of experience in the insurance agency; he got into the business while working for a family member that owned an agency.  That agency grew over the years and he quickly moved into the role of vice president, overseeing offices throughout Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.

Says Rob: "We supply a product that is only used when tough situations arise, and I want to be there for my customers when they do.” Joining Antalek & Moore was a no-brainer, “as I wanted to work for an agency with a family atmosphere. Antalek & Moore brings this, as well as a pristine reputation in the industry. It is important for me to work for a company that values employees, as well as integrity."

Rob is a graduate of Dutchess Community College and has an associate's degree in business administration. He is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and enjoys all that the valley has to offer with his two daughters, who live close by. 

About Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency is a family-first business and has been open since 1853. With this experience under their belt, there is no doubt to why they have been trusted for so long. They are a full-service insurance and risk-management agency with main offices located in Beacon, NY. Executive Partners Susan and Vince own one of the original Main Street agencies, offering commercial and personal insurance solutions to customers in the Hudson Valley community, broader New York region, and across the country. Being in the business for over 80 years has taught the agency that people want nothing more than an agent who is knowledgeable, trustworthy and accommodating to the client’s needs.

You're Invited to the Grand Opening in Marlboro, NY!

Please join in on the Grand Opening being held Thursday, May 31, from 3 to 7 pm at 1313 & 1311 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY.  Refreshments will be served, and you will have the chance to meet members of the Antalek & Moore staff from both locations.  


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Memorial Day Ceremony in Beacon 2018

Today we honor the fallen and salute those who serve today to protect us. Thank you.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Day:
Monday, May 28, 2018
Time: 11 am
Location: American Legion - Beacon Post, in the Memorial Building, 413 Main St., Beacon, NY

Get a bite to eat at the Yankee Clipper Diner Restaurant, Beacon Pantry, or Ella's Bellas afterward.

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