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After 42 Pop-Up Sales (and $45,000 Raised), Two Social Justice Entrepreneurs Open Tivoli Clothing Thrift Store


It was late spring 2020, just days after George Floyd was murdered. Jillian Reed and Masha Zabara, in Tivoli, had a bold realization: hundreds of people they knew, and many they didn’t, hoped to support Black Lives Matter protests in New York City but didn’t have the money or means of transportation to attend. Or, they faced other barriers tied […]

With Accessibility Top of Mind, Rhinebeck Officials Call Forum To Develop Outdoor Dining Plan With Residents


The movement to bring back outdoor sidewalk dining in Rhinebeck is gaining steam, as village officials moved last night to call a special public meeting May 23 to gather community input.  At the meeting, residents will be able to weigh in on a proposal to be crafted by village trustees in the next two weeks. The plan is expected to […]

Kingston-Area Mother and Her Dog Killed After Being Struck By Amtrak Train Near Rhinecliff Sunday


A 36-year-old mother trying to retrieve her dog was fatally struck by a southbound Amtrak passenger train as she crossed the tracks just north of the Rhinecliff train station late Sunday afternoon, New York State Police said. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter may have witnessed the incident. Carrie A. Gemmell of Kingston ran onto the train tracks near Slate Dock Road […]

700 Meatballs Later, Gidget Anagnos’s Ukraine Fundraiser Raises $9,984 and Counting


Gidget Anagnos knew she had another fundraiser inside her just itching to get out. What she didn’t realize until Monday night is that the community of Red Hook did, too. Supported by dozens of local businesses and hundreds of residents, Anagnos raised $9,984.68 for the citizens of Ukraine in a dinner fundraiser that also included a raffle and a silent […]

Red Hook Seeks a $100,000 Grant for a Pedestrian-Cyclist Path To Link Rec Parks East and West


Joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and the disabled would enjoy safe and easy access between Red Hook’s Rec Park West and East if the town wins a $100,000 grant to help pay for construction. The Town Board voted Wednesday to apply. The grant application, to be submitted to Dutchess County’s Municipal Investment Grant Program, seeks to create a 10-foot-wide asphalt path […]

The Learning Curve: Piggy Banks Fly Around Here


I married a rare bird. She’s a scrupulous saver in the land of Buy Now, Pay Later. Victoria inherited her frugality from her mother, who grew up in England during World War II when brutal scarcity was the norm. My wife’s almost-magical ability to stretch a buck has enabled us to own our home outright, put four kids through college […]

Trees Planted, Knives Sharpened, Gallons of Trash Collected as Red Hook Celebrates Earth Day Weekend


Eleven trees planted. A dozen knives sharpened. Gallons of trash collected and sorted. A bowling ball recovered. Earth Day events returned this weekend from a two-year Covid hiatus, concluding Sunday with Red Hook and Tivoli cleaner and greener. “I want to contribute to the wellness of our planet,” said Jeremy Croft as he, his wife Sara, and two children, Aiden, […]

Photo Gallery: Red Hook Earth Day Festivities, April 22-24, 2022

With Spring in the Air, Rhinebeck Restaurants and Residents Push to Bring Back Sidewalk Dining


The streets are bustling, the facemasks are (mostly) off, but Covid created an experiment in Rhinebeck – sidewalk dining – that a group of village business owners and residents badly hopes to retain this spring and summer. On Tuesday evening, John Traver, the manager of Samuel’s Sweet Shop at 42 East Market St. presented to the Village Board of Trustees […]

Amtrak to Take Over, Renovate Pedestrian Overpass Bridge at Rhinecliff Train Station


A creaky pedestrian bridge used by travelers to cross from the parking lot, over the tracks, to the south entrance of the train platform at the Amtrak station in Rhinecliff may soon be rebuilt, as the rail company reached an agreement with the town to take over control of the overpass. “This is huge news for the town,” Rhinebeck Town […]


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