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Two Bard Students, Both Undergraduate Women from War-Torn Nations, Win Prestigious Rhodes Scholarships


Two Bard College students – Sonita Alizada at the Annandale campus and Nawara Alaboud at Bard-Berlin – have won prestigious Rhodes scholarships for 2023, the college announced today. The Rhodes covers the cost of two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University in England. The Rhodes is merely the latest accomplishment for Alizada, an internationally known rap musician and activist […]

No Cannabis Stores for the Mid-Hudson Valley as State Awards First 36 Retail Licenses


The state’s first 36 cannabis retail licenses were awarded this week, almost all to “people of color,” the state said. But none were issued in the mid-Hudson Valley while a lawsuit plays out that challenges the selection criteria for stores. The state has set aside 17 licenses for the mid-Hudson Valley, and 75 applications were received in the first round […]

With Children’s Concerns Top of Mind, Kiwanis International Adds a Chapter Based in Red Hook


When Red Hook local and Bard alumna Lori Ann Santamaria stumbled on a Facebook post in early spring 2022 recruiting members for a new chapter of Kiwanis International, she almost scrolled past it. But curiosity got the best of her and she started digging. Kiwanis was committed, she learned, to initiatives for children, a mission she endorsed. And as a […]

Red Hook Students and Parents Get an Expert’s Blunt Message on Cyberbullying: You Can Stop This


If you send text messages or visuals that torment, humiliate or embarrass another person, you are a cyberbully. That blunt message was delivered five times last week – to students at Red Hook’s middle and high schools and, separately, to parents – as part of a new school district program to address cyberbullying. The speaker was retired New York City […]

Comments to the Catch: High School Principal Resigns, Life After Missile Strike, Schools Staff Contract

Editor’s Note: These comments and letters were received between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19, 2022. Unable to Conceive, Ukraine’s Pavel and Sveta Feel Like a Soaring Stone Crashing into Mud, He Says Such difficult news for you both. My heart goes out to you. In my long life, I have seen many couples who could not conceive during very stressful […]

Pain at the Train: As Workers Erect Temporary Amtrak Ticket Office, Parking Frustration Mounts


Two giant mobile trailers that will comprise the new temporary ticket office, waiting room, and restrooms at the Amtrak Rhinecliff station were erected today. And their sheer enormity promptly reduced the space available to taxis and parkers waiting for passengers in front of the station. The short-term parking area was blocked off all day today, but it will reopen within […]

Search for Next Red Hook High Principal Begins As District Hopes to Install New Leader by February


The search for Red Hook High School’s next principal kicked off today after Superintendent Janet Warden told the Board of Education Wednesday that February 2023 is her target to install a replacement for Robert McKiernan. Parents with children in the district are expected today to receive an email notifying them of McKiernan’s departure and the timeline to find his replacement. […]

No Contract Yet for Red Hook School Support Staff, but School Board Says Negotiations Remain Open


Little progress has been made on negotiations between the Red Hook Central School District and its support staff, Board of Education members said Wednesday night, as they insisted the workers are highly valued. District superintendent Janet Warden told the dozens of union members who had gathered at Mill Road Primary School cafeteria that the district must contend with the thorny […]

Duped and Dumbfounded: $5,000 Ransomware Scam Nabs a Red Hook Victim Who Seeks To Shield Others From Her Fate


It’s been a week since she was cyber-duped, and Rachel Simon can scarcely believe what went down. The freezing of her computer. Her urgent phone call to the “800” phone number she was advised would fix it. The race across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to retrieve thousands of dollars in cash from a Chase ATM to buy Target gift cards to […]

The Light and Dark of War: Since Latest Russian Missile Strikes, Ukraine’s Pavel Kuljuk Has Had Electricity for One Hour of 18

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, Russia carried out a wave of precision strikes on Ukrainian military and energy infrastructure. Today, our Ukrainian correspondent, Pavel Kuljuk, explains some of the immediate impacts of the strikes near his home. Late yesterday afternoon, the electricity went off in Kramatorsk. Almost immediately, mobile communications and the Internet stopped working. We guessed that there was a […]


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