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Headed for Tribeca

Locals get a shot in films at Major festival


Melanie Capparelli of Hopewell Junction has a walk-on role in “Super Dark Times.”

By Ray Fashona

Anyone headed into New York City for the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival is likely to see some familiar faces on the screen.

Beacon’s BreakThrough Casting supplied the local actors for two films shot in the Hudson Valley, “Love After Love” and “Super Dark Times.” The actors, extras and walk-ons with few if any speaking parts, are trying to “break through” into show business, and appearing on screen is a first step.

Tribeca, a festival started in 2002 by famed actor Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and her husband investor Craig Hatkoff, runs April 19 to 30 in Manhattan. Along with Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah, it is the preeminent festival in the United States.

“It is very exciting to be represented at Tribeca,” said Patricia Gallio, who founded BreakThrough Casting seven years ago.

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Red Hook’s RoboRaiders head to world championships


Red Hook High School students Benjamin Kocik, Simon Dantzic and Daniel Monarchi are at the controls as their robot “Talos” launches a ball toward the target. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Stacey van den Thoorn

The RoboRaiders of Red Hook High School are heading to compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics World Championships from April 26-29, in St. Louis, Mo., thanks to the hard work, ingenuity and cooperative effort of a very talented group of teenagers.

The RoboRaiders team is funded primarily by local sponsors and is asking for donations to help with the cost of attending the World Championships. Donations can be made at www.GoFundMe.com/ FTC6567.

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Earth Day events set for Saturday


Heidi Harrison, with the City of Beacon Recreation Department, rakes leaves.

By Kristine Coulter

There will be Earth Day celebrations in East Fishkill and Beacon on Saturday, April 22. The first Earth Day was held in 1970.

City of Beacon Recreation Director Mark Price said the City of Beacon is funding the event, which will be run by volunteers. The event is hosted by the City of Beacon and Green Beacon Coalition.

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