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7/01/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Historic landmark theme tops

75th July 4th parade in Hyde Park

by Stacey van den Thoorn

(Continued from cover) A culmination ceremony will be held following the parade, where Cullen will present the awards.

More than 60 organizations will participate in the event, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Alumni Marching Band, The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Coppola’s restaurant, numerous Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, politicians, six fire departments and all-time parade favorite Brandl’s Towing.

Among the local historic landmark floats planned for the parade is a replica of the gardens at Vanderbilt National Historic Site Mansion created by Junior Troop #10157 led by Co-Leaders Gloria Pease and Becky Quackenbush.

“All the girls have been working to make decorations for the float,” said Gloria. “We are really looking forward to the parade.”

Another landmark represented at the parade will be the Little Red Schoolhouse from the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society. The float is a miniature replica of the historic landmark located on the property of North Park Elementary School in Hyde Park. According to Town of Hyde Park Historical Society President Patsy Costello, the structure is the only one of its kind left in the area.

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Declining numbers cause closure of Regina Coeli School

by Curtis Schmidt

Due to a decline in enrollment, Regina Coeli School in Hyde Park, a school in the Dutchess Region in the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, will close and not re-open in the fall.

Parents of students were notified of the decision in a letter dated Friday, June 26, from Regional Superintendent Mary Jane Daley. The Board of Trustees of the Dutchess Region approved the decision.

After 60 years of providing a Catholic education in Hyde Park, the school was down to less than 50 students for the upcoming school year. The letter to parents noted “during our parent meeting on June 18, we discussed the need to consolidate classes since we had no fourth grade students; only two students enrolled in seventh grade and only three students enrolled in the sixth grade.”

The letter added, “Since then, more families who were unhappy about combined grades and low enrollment have chosen to move their children in other schools.”

Fran Davies, associate superintendent for communications and marketing with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, said, “What we are seeing here is a population shift, which is beyond our control.” She pointed out that Hyde Park Elementary School, located near Regina Coeli, closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Powerhouse season opens with Poughkeepsie native’s play

Carter Hudson and Beth Dixon rehearse a scene from “The Unbuilt City” by Poughkeepsie native Keith Bunin, opening the Powerhouse Theater season on the Vassar College campus. Photo by Buck Lewis

by jim donick

The 2015 Powerhouse Theater/New York Stage and Film season opens on July 1 with “The Unbuilt City” by Poughkeepsie native Keith Bunin.

The great joy of having the Powerhouse New York Stage and Film season at Vassar each summer is that local theatergoers have an all-but-unique opportunity to take a ringside seat as the creative process unfolds and competing thoughts and ideas are wrestled into some sort of artistic truth.

“Doing a show up here is great,” says Bunin. “On the professional level one can try out ideas with an audience that, after so many Powerhouse seasons, is sort of ‘trained.’ They know why we’re here and they understand what they are seeing. They know that they’re a part of it, too.

“On a personal level,” he adds, it’s relaxing to be coming home and to be able to leave a rehearsal and just walk quietly on the Vassar campus to relax or to think.”

Powerhouse regulars will be familiar with Bunin’s name and may recall his play “Vera Laughed” that debuted here in 2009. Like his distant cousin and central character of “Vera Laughed,” the great Russian poet Ivan Bunin, this Bunin is also what the Russians called a “bilingual”; he can write both prose and poetry. In truth, much of his prose offers a linguistic beauty that one only expects from a poet. If he is on top of his game this time with “The Unbuilt City,” then audiences can expect more than a little dialogue that will leave them marveling at the beauty of the words themselves. Bunin is that good.

A 1989 graduate of Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, Bunin studied film at NYU and has already had a fairly full career as both a screenwriter and a playwright. As a screenwriter his resume includes a number of episodes of various HBO series, including “In Treatment.” His stage work has been performed in New York City as well as a number of other locations. Asked which genre he prefers, Bunin professes a love of the variety that the two, together, offer his creative life more than a preference for one or the other.

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