The ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners Showcases the Creative Opportunities in Newburgh

Many thanks to ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners who have joined A Little Beacon Blog's Real Estate Guide as sponsors to show you a selection of their retail and commercial properties in Newburgh. If you were at Newburgh OPEN Studios this month, you may have experienced the energy over there - and gotten a creative itch to dig in. There's even a home for sale - a "TLC Heartthrob" on Beacon Street - in Newburgh! Check them out!

The ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners invests in America’s livable urban spaces. They help creative & motivated individuals define their ideal lifestyle & understand how owning or leasing real estate in Newburgh, NY can accelerate their personal, professional, & financial growth. See all of their listings and call them for tours!

Sarah Beckham Hooff founded the ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners after living abroad for 10+ years working as an environmental scientist, grant writer, social activist & performer. Three weeks after discovering Newburgh, NY, she packed up & relocated. Shortly after, she founded a performance & recording studio in what was then an abandoned hair salon.

Inspired by other creatives’ interest in rediscovering & reinventing “downtown" American living, she founded a tri-lingual real estate sales team (Spanish, Russian, English) to support creative investors who think like homeowners, and motivated homeowners who think like investors. In 2018, Laura Suárez joined the Team as a licensed real estate agent to facilitate transactions with Spanish-speaking clients.

New Listing - In Newburgh! This Multi-or-Single Family Home for $159,000

Our first listing in Newburgh! Realtor Sarah Beckham Hooff reached out to us to share some very creative listings. For the past few years, people and businesses have been relocating to Newburgh after finding commercial or residential properties to fix up. This multi-or-single family home is $159,900 and has lots of original detail to play with, like tin ceilings.

Pictures and Our Favorite Parts >

New Sidewalks for Blackburn Avenue Near Ron's Ice Cream

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The road leading into town from Ron's Ice Cream near Memorial Park is about to get a new sidewalk on one side, thanks to a federal grant awarded to Dutchess County, as first reported by the Highlands Current.

According to the article, Beacon received $170,728 to build a new sidewalk along the southeastern side of Blackburn Avenue from Herbert Street to Fishkill Avenue. This side of the street currently has no sidewalk at all, making it unsafe to walk down after getting ice cream or after a trip to the park.

This fall, walking around Beacon is getting a little easier and smoother. Other sidewalks are getting constructed, like the one on the way to South Avenue Elementary School.

Updates Made to Development Guide: Pictures of 21 South Avenue and West End Lofts

A few minor updates were made to the Development Guide here at A Little Beacon Blog. This is our way of helping to put faces to the buildings that are going up or being rehabilitated or discussed around town.

The house pictured above on the left is 21 South Avenue. A public hearing for it is scheduled, regarding its request for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to rehabilitate. The picture on the right is a portion of the new apartment buildings going up on Wolcott Avenue (Route 9D) near the municipal building and police station.

South Avenue Sidewalks By Elementary School To Get Reconstructed

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Kids are about to get an easier commute to South Avenue School as the crumbling slate sidewalks are set to get reconstructed by the City of Beacon. Not even a rugged three-wheel jogging stroller can make it down these sidewalks without threatening to tip over. "The intention is to go from Main Street to the school," said Beacon's City Administrator, Anthony J. Ruggiero. A timeline has not been set in stone (pun intended), but a contractor has been hired.

Usually homeowners pay privately to have their sidewalks done. But not in this case. "This is a traveled area to the school. It was viewed as safety for the kids," said Anthony when we reached out to inquire about specifics on the financing. "We received some funding from Dutchess County. There is no cost to homeowners, however, they are responsible for maintenance and upkeep."

So - yay!

Updates Made to Development Guide: 248 Tioronda Avenue and 45 Beekman Street

 Photo Credit: Screenshot of the proposed site plan from the  8/13/2018 City Council Workshop Meeting .

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the proposed site plan from the 8/13/2018 City Council Workshop Meeting.

A Little Beacon Blog's Development Guide was updated to include the new vision and direction for the prospective apartments at 248 Tioronda Avenue, which is down near the mountain, just off Main Street, past the silos (think: the Wares Shop), and down a 12' hill near Fishkill Creek. Originally this was to be residential apartments, but now it must include commercial space as well.

A zoning law passed in the spring of 2018 took into account "steep slopes" and other "non-buildable" land, changing the mathematical formula used by developers and the City to determine how many apartment units can fit in a project. In the case of 248 Tioronda, the number of apartment units was reduced from 100 to 64. The spring ruling also impacted the Edgewater project (you can read about that in the Highlands Current), which is near Tompkins Terrace and overlooks Riverfront Park and the MTA train. That project had to reduce its number of apartments, which started at 307, but is now a lower number. The footprint of the seven proposed buildings did not change, but the apartment sizes did increase.

Application Opportunity: Home Repair and Renovation Programs from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

  Photo Credit:  Rebuilding Together's  website.

Photo Credit: Rebuilding Together's website.

Homeowners who live in their homes (aka owner-occupied homes) in Dutchess County and who meet certain income requirements have the opportunity to apply for home repair and renovation projects from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC). The deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2018 to be considered for 2019 Rebuilding Day Programs, so act fast! After applications are evaluated, decisions will be made after February 2019.

Making homes "warm, safe, dry and independent" are the main goals of the program. If you meet certain requirements and are considered for participation in the program, a staff member or volunteer from RTDC will come to your home to discuss the program with you and evaluate the repairs needed. That's just one step of the qualification process, however, and doesn't mean that you've been awarded the repairs.

You can find the application online here. We've screenshotted the income limits from the application to make those easy to see as well, as you consider the program. Good luck!

  Photo Credit: Screenshot taken from the RTDC online application

Photo Credit: Screenshot taken from the RTDC online application

Where Is This House? 49 Lamplight Street

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Part of the fun of putting together A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing Guide is getting acquainted with new areas of town! Like this house at 49 Lamplight Street - it's surrounded by acres of nature, yet is in Beacon’s South Avenue Elementary School District. Where is this, we wondered?

So we took a drive and found it! It’s down the street heralded by that Revolutionary War man off Route 9D. Just take a left as you head north towards the Renegades' Stadium, and you'll see the house next to the huge building that was home to two short-lived restaurants (and is currently for sale again... remember Mary Kelly’s and the other one?).

From the looks of the sign in this picture, we missed the memo about Revolutionary War Day on August 12 down on the Verplanck Homestead! Well, now you have two reasons to explore this area.

This listing is presented by Claire Browne at Gate House Realty, and she can show you even more! Gate House Realty and Claire Browne are proud sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, and we thank you for supporting business who support us!

Details and pictures are in the Real Estate 🏡 Listing Guide here.

Putting the Community in "Community Bank" at Rhinebeck Bank (Sponsored)

When you live in the big city, you tend to not think about community banks. You may have heard about the financial benefits of banking with credit unions in financial books you’ve read. However, the concept of a “community bank” is one that shows up mostly in movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” where community banker Jimmy Stewart is saved by his community after years of his independent bank helping people during their own financial challenges. 

What what does "community bank" mean in your real life out here in Beacon and the Hudson Valley region? When banking with a community bank like Rhinebeck Bank?

At Rhinebeck Bank, "Your Success Is Our Success"

“Your success is our success.” I’ve heard this statement spoken by the bankers at Rhinebeck Bank. Their involvement in the community through sponsoring events and elevating awareness puts them in the middle of everyday life. Finances of a community bank are directly connected to the people and the businesses in that same community. If a business who has a loan with Rhinebeck Bank fails, then the bank is impacted as well. Big banks that are too big to fail and have branches all over the world don’t feel that loss in quite the same way.

Listening To Customers

Stacey Schindler is the newest branch manager at Rhinebeck Bank’s Beacon Branch, located on 9D just before the Renegades Stadium. “I have been in banking for 21 years and it was always my dream to become a Branch Manager,” says Stacey. “One of the reasons is due to one of my all-time favorite movies, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ I LOVE that you referenced it in this article.”
(PS: I gave Stacey a sneak peek of this article before going to publication.)

"The connections and relationships that are made with the people in our community and businesses here at Rhinebeck Bank have the same nostalgic feel of that movie. Here at Rhinebeck Bank, we connect with local people and help them realize their dreams through education, active listening, and genuinely caring about helping them find the best financial solutions,” says Stacey.

History Matters

Rhinebeck Bank, one of the only independent banks in the Hudson Valley, opened in 1861 and has made community involvement its top priority ever since. Many of your favorite organizations and businesses do business with Rhinebeck Bank, including The Art Effect (formerly Spark Media Project), and Mill House Brewing Company.

Plugging Into The Community

Dedicated to bringing people together to help business flourish, Rhinebeck Bank has sponsored hundreds of events over the years, working closely with entities including BeaconArts here in Beacon, and municipalities like the City of Poughkeepsie.

“At Rhinebeck Bank, we not only take pride in knowing the value of helping our community, but being a part of that community,” says Rhinebeck Bank’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Michelle Barone-Lepore. “As a good neighbor, that means making a real difference and striving to create a positive impact on as many lives as possible, beyond just writing a check. Rhinebeck Bank has and will continue to always be a part of the fabric of the communities we not only serve, but embed ourselves in.”

Watch Rhinebeck Bank’s Show on TV!

Rhinebeck Bank also produces an interview series, called “Wake Up with Rhinebeck Bank” that features their business clients. Binge-watch it, because you’ll learn all sorts of things about the origins and special business challenges of big and small local businesses around you.

To learn about how Rhinebeck Bank can help you realize your business dreams, schedule a call with Beacon’s Branch Manager, Stacey, at (845) 831-0300, or visit one of Rhinebeck Bank’s many other qualified business bankers.

Rhinebeck Bank, Member FDIC


Rhinebeck Bank is a proud sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog, and this article was created with them as part of our Sponsor Spotlight program. It is with the support of businesses like theirs that A Little Beacon Blog can bring you coverage of news, local happenings and events. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us! If you would like to become a Sponsor or Community Partner, please click here for more information.

The Personal Touch From the Independent Insurance Brokers at Antalek & Moore (Sponsored)

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When you see the words "insurance agency" or "independent insurance agent," what does that mean to you? Do they sell insurance? Are they the insurance company? No. Independent insurance agents are your personal liaisons, your personal agents of change when it comes to getting what you want and need out of the insurance policy that you buy with the big-name insurance companies, like Progressive, Travelers, and many others. Your local insurance agent knows the distinct differences between each of them. The agents know where a lower price indicates savings, and where it means a dip in quality. They do the homework; you do the living.

We are used to doing things ourselves. But with insurance, we don't have to do it alone. We can have a helping hand. To show you what this means, we asked Susan Antalek Pagones, a Partner at Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, to give us a few examples of real-life situations where insurance is a must. If all goes well, all you do is pay a policy. But if something happens, you get to know the claims process real quick. Susan enlightens us a bit:

When Insurance Goes From a Quarterly Bill, to a Policy Claim

Susan recalls some of the tougher cases they have handled. “We had an insured family that had a fire and lost the whole house. We met them on the scene on the day after with a large basket filled with everyday essentials we take for granted - shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks - all toiletries you could think of, plus some gift cards to go shopping and to get clothes to put on their backs.”

Our customers become our family. In the time of need, you always help out family. 
— Susan Antalek Pagones, Partner, Antalek & Moore

This is the kind of detail and personal touch that continues to draw people to Antalek & Moore. They go above and beyond to stay on top of their insured customers. When Beacon and a good part of the mid-Hudson Valley lost power after the huge storm in May 2018, Antalek & Moore stayed open.

“We stayed open at the office running on jetpacks and laptops. I gave my cell number to any insured customer who wanted it, to call me after-hours with any questions they may have had. We asked adjusters to give our customers advancements on claims. This means that we asked them to cut a check for a certain amount right on the spot so that our customers could start the process of normality." 

Antalek & Moore Advocates on Behalf of Their Customers

Susan explains what their mindset is at Antalek & Moore, what drives them to produce the kind of personal service that they provide: "Our customers become our family. In the time of need, you always help out family."

Sometimes problems can arise during claim-submission process after an accident or unexpected incident. Says Susan: "Sometimes the company may not always agree on certain things that should be paid at the time of a claim. We are the voice of the customer if we feel things should be covered, and we get right in there with the insurance company to advocate on behalf of our customer if there is a problem." 

Lots of people in the Hudson Valley had major tree and house damage after the big storm in May. "We had a customer that had a HUGE tree fall on their house. The customer had previous plans to go away to visit Texas. We made sure that she did go, as her house was not livable. We worked closely with her son to help get the claim settled. There were many hiccups along the way. I was also on a planned trip, but kept in touch constantly by cell with our customer to help. I am not saying it was smooth sailing trying to get this customer back up and running in their home, but whenever they reached out to us, morning or night, weekday or weekend, we always made sure we were there to help out."

Going Local With Insurance Can Make Life Easier

Whether it's buying a home or starting a small business, you need insurance. With so many options available, shopping for insurance can be overwhelming.  A Little Beacon Blog's Managing Editor, Marilyn Perez, used Antalek & Moore when she purchased her condo a year ago and was so happy having established that relationship with a local insurance broker to narrow down the best option for her.


Antalek & Moore is a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog, and this article was created with them as part of our Sponsor Spotlight program. It is with the support of businesses like theirs that A Little Beacon Blog can bring you coverage of news, local happenings and events. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us! If you would like to become a Sponsor or Community Partner, please click here for more information.