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09/17/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Walk, or run, to make a difference

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) “I was researching where to hold the walk,” said Jessica Salomon. She said she came upon Long Dock Park and decided that was a good location. This, according to Jessica Salomon, is the only walk being held in the Hudson Valley for sickle cell awareness.

The walk will also be a time for people to pick up information and learn more about sickle cell disease.

“People should come so they can have awareness about the disease,” said Jesse Salomon. Last year approximately 60 people participated in the walk. The family is hoping for more to participate this year.

“God put the passion on my heart for the walk,” stated Jessica Salomon. She added, “If I reach one person, I’m grateful.”

The walk is rain or shine. Registration is at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. the walk begins. For more information, visit

Everyone who raises $100 or more will receive a free T-shirt. Burgundy is the color for Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which is this month.

Jesse Salomon said, “it’s a blessing” that his son no longer has sickle cell.

“He’s 100 percent cured and he can do whatever he wants now. It’s like a new life,” added Jesse Salomon.

On Sunday, Sep. 28 take off for another morning walk or run at Memorial Park, off of Route 52, and support the “I Run Beacon 5K Run/Walk.” The proceeds go to the Make a Difference Scholarship. The scholarship benefits a Beacon High School student.

Brooke Simmons and her husband Reuben Simmons, both from I AM BEACON, organize the event.

Packet pick-up time is 8 a.m. and race time is 9 a.m. Registration fee is $30. Register at or for more information, email

Last year the event had just less than 100 runners, she said.

“It’s nice to see we have families come and run,” said Brooke Simmons. She added that walking is a great way to support the scholarship fund, as well.

“We’ve had positive feedback from everyone who went to previous (events),” said Reuben Simmons.

When the most recent scholarship was awarded, he said, the winner from the first year discussed how the scholarship has helped her. The winners of the scholarships have been: Pamela Gadsden, who is in her junior year attending Lincoln University of PA. The second recipient, Laura Demetros, is attending Dutchess Community College. The third scholar, William Puswald, is kicking off his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, Rensselaer County. The scholarship is for $2,000, but is handed out in $500 increments over four years. Reuben Simmons noted this way they can keep engaged in the students’ lives during their college careers.

On the day of the event, said Brooke Simmons, “I think there’s a general excitement. It’s about ‘Wow look at all of us coming together sending a Beacon student to college.’” No dogs are allowed at the event.

Reuben Simmons said it is not a race and “it’s a good beginner 5K.”

The starting point is at Memorial Park. The event is wrapped up in about three hours because later Spirit of Beacon Day will take place on Main Street.

“It’s a great way to celebrate Beacon,” Brooke Simmons said.

“For us it hits close to home because we are graduates of Beacon High School. We desire to help make sure students have desire to complete college,” Brooke Simmons remarked.

The scholarship is based on academic success and an applicant’s established commitment to the community.

“While it’s great for the day, you’re making an impact on someone local,” Brooks Simmons said.

Local artist exhibits in New York City

Hudson Valley artist Peter Bynum has an exhibit in the windows of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. - Courtesy photo by Steven Bates

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

Countless artists from all over display their works on New York City street corners. But only one in a million has generated the excitement of Hudson River Valley's own, artist Peter Bynum. His seventeen-piece exhibition, "Illuminated Paint," running through January 25, 2015, is installed in the windows of the New York Public Library. The branch is located at the corner of 40th Street and Fifth Avenue, and seen by an estimated 50,000 viewers a day. The works were commisisoned specifically to reflect the luminous vitality and spirit of midtown. The show was curated by Arezoo Moseni.

High-level critical acclaim has been given to this Philipstown resident, who had a Beacon loft for many years and exhibited in the city as well.

"Bynum has invented a new way of painting with light, " said Dede Young, former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Neuberger Museum of Art. "He's pushed the language of painting into a new place. It changes the conversation."

The NYPL gamely tried its best to describe the innovator's paintings in words. "Bynum has opened new territory for painting by exposing paint's intrinsic branching behavior, and then illuminating the complex nervous system it creates. To reveal paint's complex intelligence, Bynum devised an innovative method of pressuring paint between panes of glass, which he then through a bracketing system and backlights with LED-powered screens."

This resulted in "paintings with cosmic energy and ecstatic beauty, conjured biomorphic forms swimming in light and space, trees, rivers and capillaries, and the liquid flow of language, memory, thought and identity."

"I had a great experience in Beacon, on the banks of the Hudson River, as my work took shape," said Bynum. "Thankfully, I had the help of many local people, and through ties from Talix." He acknowledged Beacon sculptor and painter Herman Roggeman, co-founder of Collaborative Concepts for the "worrisome" work of combining the acrylic-painted tempered glass panes with the LEDs and steel brackets.

Just reading about "Illuminated Paint" is one-dimensional. The only way to truly experience these large stand-alone light shows, simulcast by translucent color and ever-encroaching darkness, is at night, as this reporter recently did. Located just a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal, it is well worth the stroll.
"I've just got to have one of these for my new apartment," said 22 year-old Ella Goldsmith, as she eyed the show.

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

Also in the Sep 17-23, 2014 issue:

  • Beacon remembers those lost on 9/11

First responders salute during ceremony.


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