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Last Thursday night I was treated to The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Giselle. Performed on the large stage of the Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf, the story of the ballet is set in a Rhineland Village and tells of a peasant girl, Giselle, who falls in love with a Count and of a hunter who is crazy for her. The magic of the perfect unison and flawless technique of the Corps de Ballet was a considerable match for the excellent Giselle, performed by Ekaterina Egorova, who literally flew through the air and across the stage with the grace of a Giselle. The young ballerinas in the audience were transfixed as were we all. The costumes were to die for.

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Congratulations to Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids and Friends for their big win last night! “Tomorrow’s Children,” a CD by Pete Seeger with The Rivertown Kids and Friends, featuring former students from J.V. Forrestal Elementary School in Beacon, won the Grammy for Best Musical Album For Children.








We were lucky to interview Mr. Seeger in our  December 2010 issue and we send out our warmest wishes to him and these talented students.

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A crazed gunman identified as Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded 14 others this past weekend.  Among the wounded was Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Representative of the 8th District of Arizona.  The partisan politics that ensued in the aftermath of the shooting was enough to sicken a billy goat.

Pundits on the left were quick to point to a graphic on Sarah Palin’s website (since removed), which depicted the cross hairs of a gun sight over Representative Gifford’s district.  The inference was that violent rhetoric from the right, not to mention suggestive graphics played a part in the shooting spree.  The right quickly countered by labeling Loughner left wing, gay, and a pot head.  The game of political hot potato ensued.  As time went on, it became clear that Loughner has serious mental issues that spurred him on his rampage.

Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or an Independent, one thing remains clear.  A tragedy such as this should not be used to further a political agenda.  It serves only to imbrue our national character with the stain of opportunism.  This tragedy has brought us political opportunism at it’s worst.

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The Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh is having their open house tomorrow Saturday, November 20th. The day starts at 10am and ends at 6pm.

  • Be one of the first to walk through the doors of the Railroad Playhouse!
  • Experience our first gallery display of prints by the artist Kevin Tong. Win a print in a silent auction!
  • Record your memories of the historic West Shore Train Station in their public scrapbook. Bring historic photos if you have them.
  • Two staged readings of original short plays by their first Playwright-In-Residence, Alex Goldberg directed by RR Artistic Director Seth Soloway, showcasing local and NYC actors! 

For more information visit the Railroad Playhouse.

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The pink Bottini truck raises money in Dutchess and Orange Co. NY for Hudson Valley breast cancer patients

The pink Bottini truck raises money in Dutchess and Orange Co. NY for Hudson Valley breast cancer patients

Hudson Valley Life just featured an op-ed from Pari Forood, executive director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, which helps breast cancer patients in the Hudson Valley.

The foundation is now receiving help from another local company. The Bottini Fuel Pink Truck  benefitting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation hit the road this week delivering fuel throughout Dutchess and Orange Counties. Bottini Fuel will donate one cent from every gallon sold, to Miles of Hope plus if a new customer signs up because of the pink truck or breast cancer support, Bottini will donate $50 to Miles of Hope as well.

“When Bottini came to us with this idea, we were thrilled,” said  Forood.

“It is an innovative way for businesses to help not only their employees and their families affected by breast cancer but also to show the community that they have a stake in the overall quality of life in the Hudson Valley.” (more…)

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  Antique sign in Saugherties, NY


Don’t wait for the Antique Road Show to come to town to find out if you’re sitting on a gold mine!

How to use library resources to evaluate antiques will be demonstrated this month at the Newburgh Free Library.  The first class entitled Using Library Resources to Evaluate Antiques will take place on Sat., Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.  Discover what library books and other print resources are available to help you find out the value of your antiques and collectibles. 

Learn about antiques in Saugherties, NY

 Do-It-Yourself Antique Appraisals using “Price-it” will be offered on Sat., Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.  Patrons will find out how to use the library’s database, “Price It”, to evaluate their antiques and collectibles.  Bring in a small antique or collectible and we will try to find its value during the demonstration.

 Due to limited space, registration is required.  For more information, call the Library at 563-3600 or go to www.newburghlibrary.org and click on “Calendar of Events” to register.   Both classes will run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ENCOURAGES THE HUDSON VALLEY TO TAKE ON THE $1 MILLION CHALLENGE! 15th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign Raises Dollars and Awareness for Breast Cancer Kingston, NY

This year, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the American Cancer Society encourages Hudson Valley residents to join the $1 Million Challenge. Every donation will fund critical research projects that could result in a breakthrough leading to less diagnosis and reducing the number of deaths per year and local patient and family service programs. This year, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, non-competitive 5K events, will be held at two Hudson Valley sites on Sunday, October 17th. They are:

 • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley; and

• Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls

“Last year, 7,000 walkers raised more than $700,000, so the $1 million mark is within reach. The Hudson Valley’s generosity would be a huge boost in our efforts to make strides towards a world with less cancer and more birthdays.” In the Hudson Valley, nearly 1,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and nearly 200 will die from the disease. To join the challenge, go to www.cancer.org/stridesonline and start a team or make a donation. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services go to cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345.

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