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7/22/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Beacon Jazz Fest set for Saturday at Riverfront Park

By Goldee Greene, Arts & Entertainment

(Continued from Cover) "This is going to be Ingrid's first appearance in Hudson Valley after being recently hospitalized," said Berger. "And the first time this quintet will be performing after our new recording this year. We do have one personnel change with drummer Tommy Tabbal, taking over for Warren Smith. We are excited because it's sort of an all-star band. Each player is a jazz star in his or her own right."

George Coleman, Jr.’s Rivington Project is headed by virtuoso drummer George Coleman, Jr., who is steeped in jazz legacy. His father, George Sr., was a famed saxophonist who played with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and other jazz luminaries. He "ups the game for the 21st century organ trio in this band of cookers featuring saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and organist Brian Charrette."

The trio Sun of Goldfinger will offer "Bracingly original modern jazz" with alto saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist David Torn and drummer Ches Smith.

The International Brass & Membrane Corps will celebrate "the 100-years-young music of King Oliver and other masters of early jazz," giving an "invigorating update by IBMC leader and lifelong HV resident, trumpeter/cornetist Ted Daniel." He will be joined by violinist Charles Burnham, Joseph Daley on tuba and Newman Taylor Baker on drums and percussion.

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

City Council workshop sees continued discussion of potential firehouse consolidation, Resolution States ‘Immediate Maintenance’ to be Made on Existing Firehouses

Fire Chief Gary Van Voorhis discusses potential for firehouse consolidation at a recent City Council workshop meeting.
- Photo by Jared Bernacchia

By Jared Bernacchia

City Council workshop sees continued discussion of potential firehouse consolidation, Resolution States ‘Immediate Maintenance’ to be Made on Existing Firehouses
By Jared Bernacchia

While plans to consolidate Beacon’s three firehouses into one centralized unit may take a while to come to fruition, steps are being made to achieve that goal.

A city council workshop on July 13, discussed the topic of firehouse consolidation, with the general sentiment being that something needs to get done.

“We’ve debated this forever,” stated Mayor Randy Casale. “These existing firehouses cannot be made to meet the needs of the department from every study that we’ve looked at.”

It has been stated in prior city council workshops that there are critical issues that need to be addressed when it comes to the general operation of Beacon’s three existing firehouses, including maintenance and long-term building problems. One of the resolutions brought up at the July 13 workshop was to make the necessary repairs on the three existing firehouses.

“The consensus of the council is the administration be directed to prepare a list of improvements that are needed at the three fire stations, and go forward to make immediate maintenance on those that would extend the life of these buildings,” stated City Attorney Nicholas M. Ward-Willis.

According to Fire Chief Gary Van Voorhis, a committee will go to each of the three firehouses this week to assess what exactly needs to be fixed.

“This week the city administrator, the building inspector, the president of each of the three firehouses, and I are going to go through of all of the firehouses and make a list of what needs to be done immediately,” Van Voorhis stated. “I’m very excited about making the buildings safer and making necessary repairs.”

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

Also in the Jul 22-28, 2015 issue:

  • City kids get taste of life in the Valley

Enjoying a slice of cool watermelon on a hot day at Bowdoin Park are Fresh Air Fund volunteers and kids Serena Urena, from left, Victoria Urena, Shanei Miles, Stephenie DiMase and Shuyan Liang. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt


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