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02/03/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Beacon becomes a model city

by Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover)  "I was really entranced by the old train station there," explained Heynick.

He continued, “The model of Beacon is a very recent rural addition,” and it is still in progress. The station is modeled as it was originally in 1880, with the help of old photos, he noted.

The station portion of the model is 100 percent made from scratch, which means he used no kit materials. It was made entirely with balsa wood and some basswood, according to Heynick.

Then there are the buildings across modeled after those directly across the street from the station.

The facades of the shops, the second and third stories, are made mostly from kitbashing, explained Heynick.

"Kitbashing is when you are taking existing kit pieces and breaking them up to serve your purpose" he stated.

Heynick told of being very meticulous with the making of the street level store models. "I was fanatical about trying to integrate the details," he said.

Parents, teachers and community speak to BOE

The Beacon City School District Administration Building. Ann Marie Quartironi is the interim superintendent. -Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

Parents and community members commented to the Beacon City School District Board of Education at its most recent meeting. This was the first meeting with Ann Marie Quartironi as Interim Superintendent.

“I realize there are many dedicated people in the district,” Quartironi stated towards the end of the meeting. She asked that they work together and that the real purpose “is the education and well-being of our students.”

Before Quartironi’s comments, she and the board listened to the community members, staff, administrators and parents.

“Let us in. Give us a seat at the table,” said Lori Merhige, Advocates for Beacon Schools, an advocacy group started by parents and community members. She said the group keeps growing and noted at this point it is united with teachers and administrators. Merhige asked for the BOE to reach out.

“All of the elements are right here,” she said, adding it is time for them to embrace it. The community’s voice matters, she reminded them.

Former Superintendent Barbara Walkley resigned last month. A parent filed a petition with the New York State Education Department for her removal, as well as the board’s attorney. The petitions, in part, states: “Since the Spring of 2015 parents in BCSD have become aware of troubling, unethical, inappropriate and illegal behaviors at several levels of the BCSD leadership.” It is alleged that Walkley had some kind of personal relationship with the former head of the teachers’ union.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Feb 3-9, 2016 issue:

  • Kick off the party and prepare for the 50th Super Bowl

Luigi Coppola, one of the owners of the Coppola restaurants, cooks up his Super Sicilian Wings, sure to be a hit at any Super Bowl bash. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt


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