Beacon School Budget Vote and Election 2018


The annual School Budget Vote and Election will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 7am to 9pm. There will be two voting locations so make sure you are going to right polling place: 

Voters who reside within the boundaries of the City of Beacon can vote at Beacon High School - 101 Matteawan Road.  Voters who reside within the boundaries of the Town of Fishkill or Town of Wappinger can vote at Glenham Elementary - 20 Chase Drive, Fishkill, NY. 

Please be aware that mailing addresses in the Beacon City School District do not always coincide with the city or town of residence. So if you have a Beacon mailing address, but your residence is located in the Town of Fishkill, you would report to Glenham Elementary to vote. 

If you are unsure of your polling location, you may contact District Clerk, Kelly Police, at (845) 838-6900 ext. 2032 or email at 

Feel Better Foods - Recipes from Beacon Local Marika Blossfeldt


During the first of the flu season, A Little Beacon Blog blogged about our own flu symptom prevention tea by sharing this recipe for our Sickness Miracle Tea. Nutritionists, however, are on the case all of the time by sharing their recipes, food tips and cleanses. When a flu prevention email with several recipes showed up in our inbox from Beacon local Marika Blossfeldt, we earmarked it and couldn't resist sharing it with you.

Of course, medicine can save lives, and food is not a replacement of what can be prescribed by a doctor. The food simply builds the foundation for a strong body that can yield positive results, but you should always work with your doctor when addressing problems with your body. Please see your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of the flu, especially respiratory.

One day, Marika was holding a cooking class in the Chocolate Studio (thanks A Little Beacon Blog's Classes for Adults Guide!). It was at that class that Marika's book finally came home with me, where several promises to read and cook from it have been made ever since. Not gonna answer if those promises have been fulfilled, but the picture for this article illustrates recent purchases of healthy things purchased from Beacon Natural Market in an effort to make one of her porridges.

It's Spring now, and there are still reports of people being out for a week with the flu. Allergy season is here, and take it from this allergy sufferer - a bad case of an allergy can turn into a pretty bad cold. We're not out of the woods yet of the flu, so read Marika's remedies below in her own words. And do yourself a favor - just print this out and tape it to the 'fridge.

First: Sleep More!

To keep your immune system humming and strong, make sure you drink enough water and get plenty of rest. It is OK to sleep more in the winter – in fact it is the smart thing to do. Our bodies crave it. So allow yourself to indulge in beauty sleep without any guilt feelings at all.

Spice Up Your Food & Use Spices to Make Hot Teas

Many common spices have antimicrobial, antiviral and expectorant powers. Use ground spices in your food and make tea from ginger and turmeric root as well as cinnamon sticks. Boil them for 10 – 20 minutes and sip on them often.

  • Ginger: anti-inflammatory, fights the flu, common cold and respiratory infections
  • Cayenne: detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, fights the flu and common cold
  • Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, fights infections and viruses
  • Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, strong anti-oxidant
  • Pepper: treats sinus and nasal congestion, expectorant

Get Your Daily Dose of Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

Lacto-fermented vegetables are higher in vitamins than their unfermented counterparts and boost immunity by providing live pro-biotic bacteria. Have 2 tablespoons daily. You can find unpasteurized sauerkraut and pickles in the cold section of your natural food stores. They are easy to make yourself. Here is my recipe for Peppery Sauerkraut:

  • Superfoods: garlic, lemon juice, raw honey
  • Garlic: antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal
  • Lemon juice: strengthens immune system, prevents viral infections like cold and flu
  • Honey: anti-viral, boosts immune system

Use these powerful ingredients in food and drink. Make salad dressings using raw garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and honey. Add lemon juice to your drinking water. Use honey instead of sugar. To keep honey’s medicinal power intact, never heat it over 95 F or 35 C.
Recipe: Natural Antibiotics in a Jar
This is a powerful concoction – take 1 teaspoon every day first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as a preventative. When already under the weather, take 1 tablespoon three times per day, one before each meal. This is strong stuff and meant for adults only. It is not suitable for children.
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons ground ginger
½ tablespoon ground cayenne
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ tablespoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup + 1½ tablespoons (100 ml) lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey

Press the garlic into a jar, add all spices and lemon juice and stir.

Add the honey and mix.

Let the mixture sit at room temperature for three hours, then transfer into the refrigerator.

Echinacea tincture

At the first hint of a cold coming on, take a dropperful in a glass of water and drink 3 x per day between meals. You can find echinacea tincture at your health food store.

Vitamin C

Eat vitamin C rich foods such as: black currants, red and green bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, kale and parsley.

Food: Eat this Not That

Eat leafy greens on a daily basis. Besides being powerhouses for vitamins and minerals, they help reduce mucus and clear congestion, especially in the lungs. Their chlorophyll content supports the good gut bacteria, thus boosting immunity. You can sauté them with garlic or have them in a smoothie.

Cut back on sugar and sweets.

Cut back on dairy, as milk products are mucus producing foods.

Updates Made to Events Guide - Trustee Election and Budget Vote at the Howland Public Library

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Many events are coming up in April, starting today with the Trustee Election and Budget Vote at the Howland Public Library, and the Citizen Preparedness Training tonight (includes flood prep and long power outages). The next few weekends in April are jam packed! So look ahead using A Little Beacon Blog's Event Guide!

But what about all of those events and meetings that happen on the same whatever day of the month? The 3rd Thursday? Or the Last Monday, or is it the First Monday? Who knows!? A Little Beacon Blog knows because we started a Guide for that. It's called the Repeating Event Guide, or the Every X Day Guide. We can't decide. Got an idea for a name? Let us know in the Comments below!

Sponsor the Event Guide and reach our readers! It is one of our most popular and appreciated by the Community. Past sponsors of Guides have included the Beacon Flea Market. Thank you for your support! Details here on our Media Kit page.

Second Saturday! Gallery Openings for April 14, 2018

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Happy Second Saturday, people of Beacon! This is one of the most art-action-packed Second Saturdays in memory, folks, so pause the seed sowing and spring cleaning, and go outside to take in some art. We've got it all covered in Beacon's most comprehensive Art Gallery Guide

It's the last weekend to see Paola Ochoa at Matteawan Gallery. Down Main Street a little, celebrate National Poetry Month with chapbooks at No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works. A recurring theme this month? The great outdoors. Related shows are at The Shed at Spire Studios (a farewell to photographer Ethan Harrison as he STRAYs out of the Hudson Valley 😢🎉), Hudson Beach Glass, RiverWinds Gallery, Bannerman Island Gallery, and the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

Short on time? Pack in variety with group shows at Marion Royael Gallery, the Howland Cultural Center, the new Mother Gallery, Beacon's schoolkids at the Howland Public Library. There's so much to see and plan for, that even if you miss, you can't miss. Check the Guide for details!

Happening This Weekend - 4/13/2018

It's Second Saturday this weekend in Beacon!

Stop into the galleries for some mental and visual inspiration, and walk out with a new piece for your walls or tables.

Maybe this weekend will be the weekend you make an art investment.

Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

Rock and Roll Bingo Fundraiser
: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 6:30-9pm
Location: Sargent Elementary School PTO, 29 Education Drive, Beacon, NY
Information >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Beacon Historical Society
: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Beacon Historical Society, 17 South Ave, Beacon, NY
Information >

“Between the Lines” Beacon City Schools Opening Reception
: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents “Fresh Air” Outdoor Concert
: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 3pm
Location: Mini-park on the corner of Cross & Main Street, Beacon, NY (near Hudson Beach Glass)
Information >

Garden Center Grand Opening Party
: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 5-7pm
Location: One Nature Center, 321 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan B “From Outer Space” LP Release
: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps Annual Benefit Brunch
: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Dutchess Manor, 263 Route 9D, Beacon, NY
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Women's Work: A Stitch in Time
Day: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
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Beacon History on Tap: A 150-Year History of Bars and Drinking Establishments in Beacon
Day: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Dogwood, 47 East Main Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

Beacon Sloop Club's Annual Woody Dinner
: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 5pm (Happy Hour) 6pm (Dinner)
Location: Chalet on the Hudson, 9D, Cold Spring, NY
Information >

Beacon Hosts Citizen Preparedness Training
: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:30, starts at 7pm
Location: Beacon's Fire Station #2 located at 13 South Street
Beacon Hosts Citizen's Preparedness Training at Fire Station #2 on April 17, 2018. You'll learn about what to do when the power goes out for days, flooding preparation, and you'll get a Starter Kit!
Read A Little Beacon Blog's Article on this >

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

Thank you to Beacon Pilates for sponsoring the Classes for Adults Guide!

Make & Take Workshop
: Friday, April 3, 2018
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Master Class in Tap with Brenda Bufalino
: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Ballet Arts Studio, 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY
Information >

Absolute Beginners
Sunday April 15, 2018
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

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

Color-A-Thon at South Avenue School
Saturday April 14, 2018
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Location: South Avenue Elementary School, back entrance
Information >

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

Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!


Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
The Eye Doctor is in at Luxe Optique! Every day of the week except Thursdays. Kids and Adults welcome.


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

Lots of new dresses in! This gorgeous gown is a brand new Justin Alexander Signature from the fall/winter 2018 collection.

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

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

TIP: Up the hill from Lambs Hill is The Blushery, a makeup counter and laser hair removal boutique for men and women all in one.

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Join Susan Antalek Pagones as she instructs this defensive driving course! The next Defensive Driving Class is May 14th and 16th from 5:30pm-8:45pm.
Why take defensive driving?
  • May reduce up to 4 points on your driving record
  • Save up to 10% off on a vehicle liability, PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and collision premium for up to 3 years off Principal Operator
  • No formal tests!
Pre-registration is required. Only $35 per person and lunch is included.
RSVP: Call 845-831-4300 or email Thomasine at
Rhinebeck Bank
Newburgh gets a Newburgh Creative Neighborhood Loan Fund, a partnership between Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and Rhinebeck Bank. Find out where the eligible radius is, and more details about the program here.


Our most favoritest artist holiday of the year! Beacon Open Studios is coming April 28-29 in Studios all over town! Get the brochure here at A Little Beacon Blog’s Office, at 291 Main Street, First Floor, First Door. A Little Beacon Blog is a proud sponsor of Beacon Open Studios!

InHouse Design Media

The photographers and designers InHouse Design Media can help you take amazing pictures for your Instagram. This 4-week private workshop is like an amazing fitness class, but for your photos.
Details >

Tin Shingle

Join Tin Shingle to talk shop about PR, Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Google, Newsletters, and other creative ways to reach people. You can do this. Tin Shingle's supporting community and resources can help.
Details >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Beacon Historical Society's new location at the historic former rectory of St Andrew’s Church. Show your support a fantastic organization whose mission is to ensure the preservation of Beacon's history. Explore their new exhibit space. Afterward, Society volunteers will lead a Mini-Walking tour of Beacon’s historic West End.
Day: Saturday, April 14th
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: 17 South Avenue, Beacon, NY
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Until next week!

BeaconOpen Studios Maps Are Here!


Our most favoritest artist holiday of the year! Beacon Open Studios is coming April 28-29 in Studios all over town! The kick-off party is the Friday night before, on April 27th at Oak Vino from 6-9 and you're invited! Get the brochure here at A Little Beacon Blog’s Office, at 291 Main Street, First Floor, First Door. A Little Beacon Blog is a proud sponsor of Beacon Open Studios!

We highly recommend you to participate in this weekend-only event. It only happens once a year. You get to see inside of the home studios of artists you’ve never heard of, who produce incredible work. See our past articles on BeaconOpen Studios, which include some inside-views of the studios. Some of them are professionals who commute to other places during the week, and show off their passionate works in their studios here in Beacon. You never know who you will discover, or why.  

Put this date in your calendar as a must-do. You can even do it while out walking, since the studios are all over Beacon. Very commitment-free! 

Beacon Hosts Citizens' Preparedness Training at Fire Station #2 on April 17, 2018


Citizens' Preparedness Training
Day: Tuesday, April 17
Time: Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the training will begin at 7 pm. 
Location: Beacon's Fire Station #2, 13 South Avenue 

In light of the recent shooting events and the early morning fire at Rombout Avenue, parents are looking for ways to be more prepared in an emergency situation. The Dutchess Country Department of Emergency Response and Beacon Mayor Randy Casale are inviting all parents to the Citizens' Preparedness Training, Tuesday, April 17, at Beacon's Fire Station #2 located at 13 South Avenue.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the training will begin at 7 pm.

William H. (Bill) Beale, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, says: “Through our countywide community preparedness assessment, we discovered the need for citizens' preparedness training. As a result, we can fund it through federal training."

Starter Kit of FEMA Recommended Items

At this training, participants will get a Starter Kit that includes FEMA-recommended items. "This kit and the ability to add to it is very important," says Bill.

Flooding Preparedness Training

According to Bill, “We’re seeing more flooding than we’ve seen previously.” Flooding is the No. 1 natural hazard that affects Dutchess County. "If you’re in a low-lying area, be aware that it could happen. Many people live in rural parts of Dutchess County," further from life-saving first responders.

Sustained Power Outages Training

Attendees will be trained in what to do during sustained power outages. Days after we moved to Beacon from New York City several Januarys ago, Beacon experienced a severe blizzard where we lost power for three days. Being city-folk, we didn't know what do to. However, if that had to happen, I think I'd rather be out here in a small-town city than up high in an apartment building!

"During the last Nor’easters," Bill explains, "many people were without power for nine days. This program trains in how to be prepared for sustained power outages."

Other Types of Emergencies

Among the goals of the evening training session will be making people aware of what types of disasters can affect Duchess County in case they need to evacuate the area or shelter in place. Situations that will be covered include severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, public health emergencies, hazards materials (chemical and biological threats).  

Available each day to those who are really into being prepared is the Mountain Scout Survival School, with its headquarters on Main Street. Several classes are available through the Mountain Scout Survival School, including firemaking skills, knife-handling skills, winter skills, and other survival skills for living outdoors.

This training does not include what to do in active shooter situations. "Stop the Bleed does address that," says Bill, referencing the training program that is readily accessed through the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who can bring their Stop the Bleed training to you if you organize a group.

Overall, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response has found that Community Preparedness is lacking in Dutchess County, and has ramped up efforts to find and secure funding. "We have trained almost 2,000 people so far and have conducted 30 presentations.”

Tuesday's event is free and open to the public. You can get more information by visiting or calling (845) 486-2080.

Newburgh Gets Creative Neighborhood Loan Fund From Rhinebeck Bank and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress


A six-block radius of Newburgh has access to newly established capital through a program called the Creative Neighborhood Loan Fund, through the efforts of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and Rhinebeck Bank. According to a press release announcing the loan, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress has launched an economic development plan with a goal of improving the business climate in an approximate six square block area within the City of Newburgh, near furniture maker and studio space rental initiative Atlas Industries, and SUNY Orange’s City of Newburgh campus. The zone roughly includes an area bordered on the north by Catherine Street and on the south by South William Street. To the west, it is bordered by South Johnston Street and to the east by River Road. See the full map here.

Rhinebeck Bank is enhancing the efforts of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress on this project by "allocating $3 million of our loan portfolio to fund secured-term loans including commercial express loans, equipment and vehicle purchases, leasehold improvements and real estate transactions under favorable pricing, advance rates and terms to the prospective borrowers in the Newburgh Creative Neighborhood," according to their website.

Says Rhinebeck Bank's president and CEO, Mike Quinn in a press release from Pattern for Progress: “There’s a lot of great ideas, but just an idea doesn’t do it,” he said. “It needs financing [and] it needs advice.”

A business who has already benefited from the Creative Neighborhood Loan Fund is one of Newburgh's newest businesses, Liberty Street Bistro. Owner and Chef Michael Kelly discusses it here with Michelle Barone-Lepore.

For more information on applying for this loan, reach out to Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, at or call (845) 565-4900, or to Rhinebeck Bank's Richard J. Kolosky, Commercial Lending Director, Hudson Valley West, at or (845) 790-1538.

Editorial Note: Rhinebeck Bank is a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog, but this article is not related to their campaign. A Little Beacon Blog learned about the program and thought readers would like to know more about it, as more Beaconites look to Newburgh for business space innitiatives.

Legislation on the Table (not the kitchen table) for Airbnb Short-Term Rental Limits

 Pictured here is the City Attorney Nicholas Ward-Willis (at right), the Mayor Randy Casale (at center) and the City Administrator Anthony Ruggiero (at left).  Photo Credit: Screenshot of the Workshop meeting. Video produced by Peter Skorewicz

Pictured here is the City Attorney Nicholas Ward-Willis (at right), the Mayor Randy Casale (at center) and the City Administrator Anthony Ruggiero (at left).
Photo Credit: Screenshot of the Workshop meeting. Video produced by Peter Skorewicz

Beacon has stepped up to the plate once again to consider creating legislation for short-term rentals in people's homes, also known as "home sharing," or "Airbnb-ing". Mayor Randy Casale has cited emails he has received from citizens who are opposed to short-term rentals in different capacities. Beacon considered legislating this in 2014 and created draft legislation in 2015, but never finalized it. Click here for a background of this Airbnb issue and why it is being discussed now.

In January and February of 2018, Beacon discussed short-term rentals at a City Council meeting, and held a Workshop discussion on the subject in February. In April, members of the public were invited to voice their opinion at a Public Hearing, at which over 20 people spoke favorably about their experience with short-term rental via Airbnb. They also expressed their reactions to the proposed restrictions in the proposed new law put together in 2018.

A handful of people showed up to speak out against short-term rentals, and voiced their desire for rules to be enforced - even though no local law exists yet in Beacon to be enforced. The law on the table right now is new. There are zoning laws at the New York state level, which include fire safety requirements such as installing sprinkler systems or breakaway windows. Those requirements can be a financial burden to homeowners, who also rent out their homes to earn extra income to keep up with their mortgage or rent payments.

Those in opposition of no regulation at all included a citizen, Elaine Ciaccio, who submitted a petition she started which had 70 signatures on it asking to "1. Ban non-owner occupied whole home short-term rentals and 2. Require registration and establish regulations that maintain the zoned character of our residential neighborhoods." Airbnb has submitted their written response to Beacon's legislation, which was to argue against many of the proposed restrictions. Neither the petition or Airbnb's testimony were read aloud at the Public Hearing, but around 30 people voiced their opinions, a majority of whom were homeowner/landlords of short-term rentals who were in favor of short-term rentals, and in favor of the least amount of regulation - if at all.

Legislation on the Table Now

LEGAL NOTE: Please know: this summation does not constitute as the draft legal document. You can find that legal document right here at this link. The information has been summarized so that you can see the points quickly. You should read the draft legislation yourself if this area of legislation concerns you. The people of a municipality do not have a lawyer representing them, as a city hires an attorney to represent itself. Council members may not necessarily be lawyers or specialized in a type of law being legislated. As a citizen, homework is involved.

Here is a summary of the law that the City Attorney has drafted as of April 4, 2018. Please see the actual draft of the law at the City of Beacon's website in their PDF here at this link. This draft is an edited version that the attorney made prior to the Public Hearing on April 2, 2018, and includes "track changes," which means that you can see what was originally proposed or how something was worded, and then was revised based on feedback.

Men's Rights

Before we begin, it is noted that women were not always included in the legislation wording. Women and men have since been written into the draft with both pronouns, "his or her." In prior draft laws, the male pronoun has been used, such as "his property." Being that married women used to not be able to own property at all in the United States prior to the 1830s, with different states coming on board with allowing women to own property through the 1840s '50s, and so on until the late 1800s (see Wikipedia for all the details).

In this latest April 4th draft, one possible loophole remains for women in this line item: "A short-term rental permit has been issued and the owner fails to continue to occupy the premises on a continuous basis as his primary residence; or..."

Additionally, the proposed legislation assumes that the Building Inspector, who is currently a man, will always be a man. The legislative wording reads as this: "The applicant shall be given an opportunity to present evidence why such denial of application, or such suspension or revocation of the license, shall be modified or withdrawn. The Building Inspector or his designated agent may also present evidence."

Who is an Owner?

According to the draft legislation, an owner would be defined as: "An individual or group of individuals who are in possession of and have a fee interest in real property. The term 'owner' shall not include entity corporation, limited-liability company, partnership, association, a trustee, receiver or guardian of an estate, or mortgagee, lien holder, or other business entity."

Owner Occupied would be defined as: "A one-family or two-family house or multiple dwelling building used by the owner as his or her or their domicile or principal residence."

The short-term rental space would be defined as: "An entire dwelling unit, or a room or group of rooms or other living or sleeping space, made available to rent, lease or otherwise assigned for a tenancy of less than 30 consecutive days. The term “short-term rental” does not include dormitories, hotel or motel rooms, bed and breakfast inns or lodging houses, as permitted and regulated by the City of Beacon Zoning Ordinance."

Permit would be required, would last for 2 years, and would be able to be renewed.

The application of the permit would be submitted to the Building Department. Several pieces of information would be required, including a notarized certificate from all property owners.

A broad requirement of the City requiring anything: The proposed law also has a line that broadly gives the City the ability to require information not defined in the legislation, with this wording: “Such other information as the City may require.” When two parties are negotiating a contract, statements like this are inserted by a party who wants to cover a large ground of protection. It can be argued that it is up to the other party to accept that or negotiate that statement out of the document.

Permits may be revoked if specified conditions occur, such as an owner not occupying the premises as the owner’s primary residence, or if the property “creates a hazard or public nuisance or other condition which negatively impacts the use and/or enjoyment of surrounding properties, or threatens the peace and good order, or quality of life in the surrounding community.”

Violation fines could be up to $500 per offense. “Any owner who fails to obtain the permit required herein, or otherwise violates any provision of this section, shall be guilty of an offense which shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 per offense.”

Attics and cellars would not be allowed to be rented “unless it meets the requirements of the International Fire, Residential and Building Codes or successor law.”

Short-term rentals could be in any zone of the city, and would not be dependent upon the zoning type your house or apartment was in.

Advertised locations: The owner would have to show where they are advertising the listing.

Proof of rental bookings required. The number of days rented would have to be printed out from home-sharing listing websites and shown to the Building Inspector when the property owner(s) want to renew the permit.

Inspection by the Building Department would be required at the time of initial application, and any permit renewal.

Primary residences only are eligible. Owners of short-term rental properties would only be able to rent out that property that they call their primary residence. If it is not their primary residence, they cannot rent out. If they have a second home or house or apartment in Beacon, an owner could not rent it out as a short-term rental.

Campers, sheds, vehicles parked on property, tents, recreation rooms, garages, temporary structures, or other things could not be rented out from the homeowner's property.

Wedding, concerts or other commercial situations would not be able to be rented.

100-day rental limitation has been scratched out. In last month’s draft, there was a proposed limit of 100 days rented per calendar year. Comments from the public indicated this would impact their income, and in some cases, prevent them from making their own mortgage or property tax payments. In the proposed law, there is a strikethrough line through the verbiage, indicating that it is off the table as a restriction.

Timing to get permits: If approved, “This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Office of the Secretary of State. Any short-term rental in existence prior to adoption of this local law shall have 45 days to file an application to obtain a short-term rental permit and 90 days to receive such short-term rental permit before any violations are issued, unless a delay is caused by Building Department in not issuing said permit.”

General Tone of the Legislation is Assumptive of Rowdiness - But Airbnb-ers Have Attracted Quiet Renters

In this proposed law language, the City's position takes an approach that defends the citizens, and one that assumes that renters are likely to be disruptive. Setting the stage for the legislation, the following is written into the introduction of the proposed law: "There is a greater tendency for Short-Term renters to fail to conduct themselves during their occupancy in a manner that respects neighbors and the community as would persons with longer standing relationships to their neighbors. In addition, studies have shown that short-term rentals are linked to increases in rent and housing costs because rental units are taken off the market and used as short-term rentals."

Studies, or supporting documentation, mentioned in this statement have not yet been provided or presented to the public for the creation of this law.

During the Public Hearing, all of the people in favor of short-term rentals credited Airbnb itself with creating a good-neighbor environment thanks to Airbnb's background checking and self-governing rules that publicly grade short-term rentals, as well as factor in private feedback. Said a citizen and homeowner landlord, Dennis Mendo, "From renting out an Airbnb for the last 3 years, I have not had one complaint. Not one thing broken. And I live in a cul-de-sac."

During the Public Hearing, it was revealed that people who are renters through Airbhb have to:

  1. Pass background checks from Airbnb.
  2. Can be denied a booking by homeowner short-term rental landlords.

Jessica, a woman who spoke at the public hearing and has a legal long-term rental on the property, also rents a part of the home as a short-term rental. She commented about the neighbor safety in place created by Airbnb's rental marketplace, stating: "I know more about my Airbnb guests than I do about my own tenant."

She went on to explain: "Guests have to go through a three-step verification process that the hosts sets the limits for, that ensures that [the guests] are who they say they are… If anything isn’t fit or isn’t how it was described or is unsafe in any way, shape, or form, they let other potential guests know by giving a lower number of stars and/or giving public feedback or private feedback."

Another attendee of the Public Hearing, Eva, rents her family's home on a short-term basis, and had this to say about her selection process about who books: "We do not accept every booking. We only accept [guests] who are willing to follow our rules. And this is why we only have 10 guests so far since 2017."

The next discussion of short-term rentals is on Monday, April 9, 2018. This will be a Workshop, where the City Council discusses the points it is considering. The workshop is open to the public to watch, but not to participate in. The next opportunity for the public to comment would be during the Miscellaneous Comment period of City Council meetings in general, which usually happen the following Monday.

For those who like auto-updates via RSS, A Little Beacon Blog has been re-publishing Agendas and Videos in our "Easy Access" City Government section of this website. There, you can easily find videos posted with each meeting, and links to the accompanying Agenda items, which can include useful information like drafts of laws, letters of testimony, maps, and more.

Please see the actual proposed draft legislation for this law on the city's website. You can find it here at this link. It is called "LL Short Term Rental with changes."

Happening This Weekend 4/6/2018

What weather forecast? We heard about some snow coming while we were out at the grocery store, and to that we say... Bahhhhh. Winter broke our weather app, so we're headed outside no matter what!

Have an event you wish to share? Visit our new Event Submission Page for consideration. We can't list them all, but we do read them all! There are so many wonderful things going on! Plus, if really want your event promoted, consider our Event Promotion Package. That helps you promote an event, and A Little Beacon Blog can keep promoting everyone's goodness! Thank you to all of our advertisers thus far who make this publication possible!
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.

Artist Members of the Howland Cultural Center Opening Reception
Saturday, April 7, 2018 (exhibit April 7-26, 2018)
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Doctor Who Improv Theater
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Location: The Pandorica, 165 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Howland Cabaret presents Songwriter Circle
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Parker String Quartet w/ Charles Neldich, Clarinet
Day: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 4 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.

Thank you to Beacon Pilates for sponsoring the Classes for Adults Guide!

Introduction to Moroccan & Tagine Cooking
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 3 pm
Location: Beacon Pantry, 382 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Cooking & Pairing Class
Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: Olive U, 896 Main St., Fishkill, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.


Beacon Junior Baseball Registration
Registration is open now!
Location: Games take place at Memorial Park
Registration Information >
Thank you, Beacon Junior Baseball, for sponsoring this Kids Classes Guide!

Workshop: Caring for Baby Animals This Spring
Day: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10 am to noon
Location: Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Babysitting Course
12 & up
Day: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Location: All Sport Health & Fitness, 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
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Babysitting Course
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Fishkill Recreation, 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.

Color-A-Thon Fundraiser - Registration Open
All Kids, From Any School, May Participate
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: South Avenue Elementary, 60 South Ave., Beacon, NY
South Avenue is holding its 2nd Annual Color-A-Thon, and all kids, attending any school, are able to participate! This is a celebration of color as kids run around the block while getting brightly colored powder thrown on them. It's very low key, and kids can even walk the block. Festivities include a bouncy house, food, and crazy colors. This is a fundraiser for South Avenue Elementary's outdoor play area. If you see your little South Avenue friends fundraising, consider giving them a boost with a donation!
Non-South Avenue Kids Register Here >
South Avenue Kids should register via their packet or online for additional fundraising options.

Scholarship Opportunity:
Apply now for the South Avenue PTA Scholarship! Graduating Beacon High School students who also graduated from South Avenue are eligible. Two $750 scholarships are available.
Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018
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Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!



Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
New frames in from the expo! Check out these wild shades by Thom Browne. Go in and try some on! The Thom Browne line is very hard to find in retail locations. But here they are, in Luxe Optique on Main Street!

INSIDER TIP: The eye doctor is in at Luxe Optique just about every day, including Saturday and Sunday (but not on Thursday, boo)!



PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance to come up to Main Street!

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3
(near the dummy light)
Can we talk about the layers on layers of luxurious textures here? Lots of new samples in Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique from Lillian West, Justin Alexander and more!

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

Where can you get your hair done in Beacon? Or have a beard trim? Find out in
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
TIP: Amy's Hair has moved a few blocks down! These days, you'll find her near the car wash on Main Street.

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Hit the road! Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency can find a great rate for the insurance on your camper. To learn more, call them at (845) 831-4300, or stop by their office on Main Street, near Beacon Natural Market.

Rhinebeck Bank
This week on Rhinebeck Bank's latest video series, Michelle Barone-Lepore featured Greystone Programs Inc, a school dedicated to supporting children, adults, and families living with autism and other developmental disabilities by enriching lives one person at a time. Their after-school programs and other programming have been integral to several people who need additional support they can trust. From a parent of a child in the after-school program: “The people who work here - you can see that the people who work here really enjoy what they do. It’s not just a job.” Michelle also interviews an older child, who expressed his feelings about Greystone: “I met a lot of new friends here… It’s about how people treat other people… Everyone gets along together.”
Watch the 2-minute episode here.
The Third Annual Leap for Autism
Rhinebeck Bank is a proud sponsor and will be filming the event.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 (Rain date: Saturday, April 28, 2018)
Location: Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, NY
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Beacon Open Studios is in one month! Mark your calendar for the weekend of April 27-29. During that weekend, you will be able to experience a city-wide art gallery walk, and get to enter some of the private studios of artists that are not normally open to the public! A Little Beacon Blog is a proud sponsor. Get more information here.

InHouse Design Media

The photographers and designers of InHouse Design Media can help you take amazing pictures for your Instagram feed. This four-week private workshop is like an amazing fitness class, but to whip your photos into shape.
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Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle puts the power of PR, Social Media, SEO, and Design directly into the hands of business owners, makers and artists by way of a custom-designed, DIY PR subscription membership platform. Join our online community to ask questions, get feedback, and get courage to go big. All Access Pass members get unlimited streaming of educational videos called TuneUps, Media Contacts, and Magazine Planning Tools for those who want print PR.
Bonus for Hudson Valley People: In-person meetings every last Monday of the month!
Learn more about it here >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Do you have a Ribbon Cutting you want to set up? The Beacon Chamber of Commerce would love to host it for you! Become a member and reach out to them!

A Little Beacon Space

Private Bookings of A Little Beacon Blog's Space are available for your event, workshop or gathering. Do you have a retail itch? You'll love our Pop-Up Shop Package, which includes a shop takeover by you, and a dedicated article from us to help you promote it.
Learn more here >
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Until next week!