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09/21/16 Highlights of this week's edition...

Spirit of Beacon to shine on Sunday

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment Column

(Continued from Cover)  The Spirit of Beacon Parade includes marching bands, dancers, bag-pipers, floats, and students from the Beacon City School District. Also, first responders such as Beacon Police, Beacon Fire Department, Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps and visiting fire departments. Elected officials, places of worship, social organizations and many other participants are also in the procession.

“This is almost our 40th anniversary, so we have so much to celebrate and to look forward to,” said event chair Rose Story. “We’re very proud to be honoring Bob Palisi as this year’s Volunteer of the Year. He has donated countless hours over the years serving Beacon Girls Softball, including traveling with team.” She also acknowledged parade coordinator Roy Ciancanelli, treasurer Diane Sedore and new volunteers Patty Renaldi and Tony Lassiter.

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

City ‘renaissance’ begins

Vassar Brothers breaks ground $500 million project

This rendering of the outside of the new Vassar Brothers Medical Center pavilion looks more like a luxury hotel than a hospital.

by Ray Fashona

Speaking at the celebratory groundbreaking ceremony for Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s palatial half-billion-dollar construction project, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro mentioned that his wife is pregnant.

She is due in December, so the new patient pavilion will be far from completion (it’s expected to be done in early 2019). Molinaro urged hospital officials and construction crews to hurry the project along. Nothing short of an act of God could have the 696,000-square-foot building completed by this December.

Still, Molinaro had his audience where he wanted them. He said he put his ear to his wife’s stomach and heard his unborn child say, “Take me to Vassar.”

The huge crowd broke into laughter and applause at the county executive’s timely use of Vassar Brothers’ marketing slogan.

It was that kind of day at the ceremony: gorgeous late-summer weather, a host of political and hospital dignitaries on hand, everyone in a seemingly festive mood.

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

Also in the Sep 21-27, 2016 issue:

  • Escher String Quartet to perform at Howland Center

The Escher String Quartet comes to Beacon on Oct. 2.
- Courtesy photo


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