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12/17/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Presentation recommends consolidating firehouses

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) The study focused on eight key objectives, among which were: determine the best location for a new station, determine if any of the existing fire stations can be modified to accommodate a central station, appraise the existing fire stations to determine resale value, identify cost savings associated with station consolidation and identify advantages of consolidation.

Paul Flippin, Project Manager, said interviews were conducted, each of the City firehouses were toured and site analyses were done.

“It’s a decision, you as a City, are going to have to make,” Flippin said, “about whether or not you want response” from these three stations.

Mayor Randy Casale asked how far back the study went regarding response times. Flippin replied three years.

Flippin told the Council, the City was “getting good response times with the current configuration you have with the three stations,” Regarding response times, Flippin said that 4-6 minutes is the standard (career) fire departments strive to meet
“In short, we believe that Mase Hook and Ladder Station has outlived its long-standing usefulness,” states the analysis. The station was built in 1911.

Regarding Beacon Engine, the analysis states, “It too has a great deal of character and old firehouse charm, but suffers from the same woeful outdatedness as its counterpart Mase Hook and Ladder Station. In fact, overall it has many of the negative traits as Mase Hook and Ladder Station; poor living conditions; not user friendly; ‘our and theirs’ atmosphere; tight quarters for the engine. Beacon Engine Station has also outlived its usefulness.” The station is 125 years old, having been built in 1889.

As for Lewis Tompkins Hose, the analysis states that it serves as the “functional ad hoc headquarters for the BFD. The fire chief’s office is there and most of the administrative functions on both sides of the combination department volunteer and career are conducted from this station.”

The structure, according to the analysis, is the most modern of the three stations and is in good condition.

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

Community gathers for tree lighting

Beacon resident Mary Amorosano poses in front of the bicycle Christmas tree with her daughter Bianca Amorosano and grandson Alessio Baley during the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

By Kristine Coulter 

They were rockin’ around the Christmas tree at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony, which is hosted by the City of Beacon and BeaconArts, took place at Polhill Park/Beacon Visitors’ Center on Saturday, Dec. 13. The tree was not an ordinary evergreen – this one is made from recycled bicycle parts, made by local sculpture Ed Benavente.
The festivities began with children’s activities at 3 p.m. WeePlay Community Project sponsored the activities.

Beacon resident Mary Amorosano attended the event with her daughter, Bianca Amorosano, and grandson, Alessio Baley.

“I love it. It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s so different,” said Amorosano about the tree. She added that she is a “big kid at heart.”

The tree was made from different bicycle parts. Children were able to spin part of the base of the tree. Local sculptor Ed Benavente made the tree.

“Throughout the years the tree has been added on to,” he said, as time and budget would allow.

“We were lacking a public Christmas tree display for a time,” said Benavente. He said, “this is what it’s all about - if you build it they will come.”

Christmas carols were playing by the Beacon Visitors Center as children ran around the park.
Musical entertainment and dance were provided by Beacon Music Factory and the Center for Creative Education.

“You just like seeing your friends and neighbors from the community,” said Beacon resident Stacie Merrill. “It’s just fun.” Merrill watched as her daughter spun one of the wheels on the tree.

Jennifer Humenik, a Beacon resident, was with her sons, Jacob, 3, and Nate, 8.
“This is our first year. It’s good weather,” she said. Humenik said the event was great.
“I just like the community. I love Beacon. They have many community events here,” said Humenik.

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

Also in the Dec. 17-23, 2014 issue:

  • Choirs to hold concert Sunday.

People's Choir, directed by Cat Guthrie, rehearsing at Beacon Music Factory for its joint concert with the Dream Choir to be held on December 21st Winter Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown, in Cold Spring. -Courtesy photo


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