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2/25/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Beacon City School District board appoints Walkley superintendent

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover) Dr. Walkley’s appointment as superintendent is effective March 1 and runs until June 30, 2018.

The BCSD school board previously appointed Dr. Walkley as Interim Superintendent last summer. That was after the former superintendent Dr. Paul Dorward stepped down as superintendent. The BCSD and Dr. Dorward agreed to part ways. Walkley is the ninth superintendent for the district in as many years. Dr. Walkley signed a one-year contract when she came on board as interim superintendent.

“It is my belief that tonight’s appointment of Dr. Walkley as Superintendent of Schools will have a positive effect on our students and school community,” said Kim Atwell, President of the Beacon Teachers Association, via email.

Atwell added, “We have been in desperate need of consistent, effective leadership at the district level for too long now and therefore, it is my hope and belief that this appointment will allow the district to really begin to address the needs of our students, raising standards and accountability to better serve our children who deserve the best education possible.”

Dr. Walkley said her top two priorities are: Safe schools with a culture of care and respect and success for all students and staff.

“This year the schools have received additional outside lighting and additional safety related equipment. Procedures are in place to help ensure safety for all. We are implementing programs to move us closer to a culture of care and respect from the elementary to high school level,” she said.

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

Pay what you can at pop-up restaurant

Tara Bernstein, Kara Dean-Assael and Margot Schulman prepare to serve food during a recent pop-up restaurant at the Beacon Community Center. -Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

There is a Fareground Community Café pop-up restaurant in Beacon where on the last Sunday for the past four months visitors have been able to pay what they can for a meal, from noon – 3 p.m.

“I believe in the premise of providing locally sourced delivered food at a price individuals can afford,” said Arabella Champaq, of Beacon, one of the volunteers.

The restaurant is a way to contribute to the community she said.

“It’s a way to give back. It’s all volunteerism,” said Champaq.

The three people that organize the restaurant at the Beacon Community Center every month are Kara Dean-Assael, a Beacon resident, Tara Bernstein, Wappingers Falls resident and Margot Schulman, a Wappingers Falls resident.

Fareground Community Cafe has been working on this for three years, said Dean-Assael.

“The idea that anybody can come to the table is amazing,” stated Dean-Assael.

She said the Community Center is a good place for the pop-up because it is “a community center.”

The number of people that come to eat at the pay what you can restaurant increases every month, she said.

“The word is spreading,” said Dean-Assael, who added the suggested donation is $10 or to volunteer in exchange for the meal.

“Someone is coming in today for clean-up in exchange for her meal,” said Dean-Assael.

The three come in for approximately an hour on Saturday and then two hours before on Sunday for set up.

Bernstein, a lawyer by trade, said she “enjoys seeing the community being able to come together in this way” and “people having a good meal together is a fabulous part of it.”

According to Dean-Assael, one woman stated, “I came for the food but I stayed for the friendship.”

Bernstein said the response has been “exciting.”

Schulman is the head chef. Each month the meal is “seasonally based, with an eye to what’s going to be appealing to many people,” she said.

She described it as “healthier versions of comfort food.”

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

Also in the Feb 25-Mar 3, 2015 issue:

  • Beacon firefighters make donation to Sparrow's Nest

Krista Jones, center, founder of Sparrow's Nest, receives $500 from Beacon Career Firefighters.


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