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1/21/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Retiring FDR Library & Museum director reflects on career at ‘best place to work’

by Kate Goldsmith

(Continued from cover) On Jan. 30, the 133rd anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birth, Bassanese will retire, closing the chapter on her long career at the FDR Library and Museum.

“This is the very best place in the world to work,” she says, sitting at her desk on a recent sunny but brutally cold day. “You’re working in a place where there’s a legacy of caring for people. Franklin and Eleanor really cared for people.”

Bassanese worked her way up the ladder at the site, starting in 1972 as an archives aid. The following year, she became a full-time office machine operator, copying records for researchers and microfilming collections, as she pursued her undergraduate degree in history at Marist College.

“When I first came to work here as a college student, it was for the money; $2.61 an hour was a lot at the time. It was a good part-time job,” she says. “And then I left to have babies, two children. I never thought at that point about having a career here.”

Four years later, when she was looking to get back into the working world, Bassanese took a part-time job at the museum store. She ended up managing the store for 10 years before serving as public affairs specialist, archives specialist, archivist, acting facility manager, director of public programs, deputy director and, finally, director.

Around the time she became an archivist, Bassanese says, “it dawned on me I could make a good career out of this.”

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USS Roosevelt sailors send thanks for Project Fala shipment

Sailors serving on the USS Roosevelt received a shipment of holiday treats and greetings from Hyde Park as part of the annual Project Fala. Courtesy photo

by Kate Goldsmith

MAYPORT, FL—Christmas arrived a little early for the sailors serving on the USS Roosevelt, courtesy of the annual Project Fala delivery from Hyde Park.

The ship enjoys a special relationship with the people of Dutchess County. In 2009 the Legislature adopted the guided missile destroyer in honor of its namesakes, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. For several years, organizations and individuals in Hyde Park and throughout the area have sent homemade goodies, holiday cards and decorations to the crewmembers as part of Project Fala, itself named after the Roosevelts’ beloved dog.

Commanding Officer Jason Reller spoke recently from Mayport, Fla., where the ship is currently in maintenance availability after being on deployment with the 5th and 6th Fleets of Operation from Feb. 15 to Nov. 23, 2014.

Reller said the Project Fala shipment arrived in mid-December.
“[From] the smiles on the sailors’ faces, they knew it was Project Fala time,” he said. “It has become such a big thing on the ship; even the new sailors know about it.”

Reller said the crew shared with him how exciting it was to know people are thinking about them.

“It’s nice to be home after such a long time, but those packages would have found us wherever we were,” he said. “It makes you feel appreciated.”

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Vassar Modfest offers an embarrassment of riches, including events celebrating the sesquicentennial of ‘Alice in Wonderland.

Vassar Modfest will feature events showcasing Vassar students, faculty and guest artists as well as students from local school districts. Highlights include violist Ralph Farris (pictured), who will perform a concert on Feb. 1 with percussionist Frank Cassara. Photo © Peter Gannushkin

Now in its 13th year, Modfest is a series of free performances and programs in dance, drama, visual art, film, literature, poetry and music taking place from Jan. 28 to Feb. 14. Participants in Modfest 2015 include guest artists, Vassar students, faculty, alumnae/i, as well as students from Poughkeepsie-area schools.
Modfest was begun in 2003 to draw attention to and make connections among the range of artistic activities on the Vassar campus, placing special emphasis on contemporary arts.

Programming is designed each year to showcase various college departments and the interrelationships between music, dance, film, literature, poetry and visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Vassar graduate Adene Wilson founded Modfest with her husband Richard Wilson, composer and Vassar professor of music, and Adene Wilson continues to direct the festival.

This year’s Modfest features several events tied to the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Alice in Wonderland.” Vassar’s Thompson Memorial Library’s exhibition opens on Feb. 12.

In addition, the James W. Palmer III Gallery in Vassar’s Main Building will host “Teen Visions ’15,” featuring more than 60 paintings, drawings and photographs by local high school students who participated in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft’s summer Art Intensive Program. The works will be on display from Jan. 29 to Feb. 19.

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Also in the Jan 21-27, 2015 issue:

  • Hyde Park’s ‘Winterfest’ set Jan. 25
  • Omega offers nonprofit retreat grants
  • Rhinebeck GOP to hold caucus Jan. 24
  • Rotary seeks candidates for Peace Fellowship
  • Hyde Park to meet with residents of water districts
  • Reality Star Roloff to speak at ‘Go Red’ Luncheon
  • Sweet & spicy contests mark Red Hook VFW event

The Red Hook VFW’s annual Chili Cook-Off and Rice Pudding Contest attracted a good crowd on Saturday, Jan. 17. One food line offered 10 different kinds of rice pudding, while the other served 13 different kinds of chili. Dropping by was Bee Bee the Clown (Jackie Reynolds), shown painting the hand of a young visitor. Photo by Richard Wambach

In Creative Living:

  • Earth Wise: The murky Hudson
  • Ron reviews ‘The Imitation Game’

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is ready to break the Nazi code. Courtesy photo

  • That’s Italian! You are probably Italian if…
  • Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga to perform at Bethel Woods
  • Morton’s talent show renamed to emphasize community focus

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