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3/7/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Caring approach guides DC public defender

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) “The ones who overcome unbelievable circumstances and change their lives for the better - these are the amazing turnarounds. That’s what keeps me going,” he said.

And after 29 years on the job and handling thousands of cases, he said “I’m still not a very good predictor (of turnarounds).”

Angell sees the “you never know” part of these turnarounds as the “beauty of human life.” That’s why he terms his role “the most wonderful job in the world.”

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

County Dems back Smythe in 41st

Tyner ‘suspends’ campaign in ‘name of unity’

Karen Smythe

Joel Tyner

by Ray Fashona

Karen Smythe was endorsed March 1 by the Dutchess County Democratic Committee to run against incumbent Sue Serino in the 41st State Senate District, and her main Democratic opponent, county Legislator Joel Tyner, has conceded to the spot to her – at least for now.

Tyner, a longtime Dutchess legislator from Clinton, launched his campaign against Serino late last year, the first Democrat to express interest in going after Serino.

After last Thursday’s vote by the county Democratic Committee, Tyner said he was “suspending” his campaign “indefinitely.” He still has time to launch a primary if he chooses.

But Tyner said in a statement, “for the time being and foreseeable future, I’m going to just continue to focus on being the best county legislator for Clinton/ Rhinebeck that I can be – and let Karen run for state Senate.”

Balloon Festival moves to DC Fairgrounds

Berka Dave & Joel fly Mystical Breeze during a previous Hot Air Balloon Festival. Courtesy photo

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced a partnership with the Dutchess County Fairgrounds to present the 27th annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival this summer on July 6-8.

One of the region’s signature community events, the festival has expanded significantly over the years, with more than 25,000 people attending in 2017. By moving to the Fairgrounds, the event will be able to continue to grow, offering free on-site parking for the entire weekend, as well as a stable infrastructure that hosts hundreds of thousands of people each year.

“This is an exciting move for the Chamber, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring this event to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds,” said Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Frank Castella, Jr. “The Fairgrounds has it all – from a safe, secure location, to parking and other facilities needed to make this event a true community festival. Of course we also will have balloonists from all over the country joining us again this year.”

ALSO in the Mar 7-13, 2018 issue:

  • Molinaro will run for governor after all
  • More than 30,000 lose power in Nor’easter
  • CLS wins big in grant for fitness playground
  • Local tow truck operator is a hero to Hyde Park police

Members of the Hyde Park Police Department were on hand at the Feb. 26 meeting of the Hyde Park Town Board, where tow truck operator Jeff Ledoux (far right) was presented a plaque by the Hyde Park PBA. In the early hours of Dec. 17, 2017, Ledoux’s quick actions saved Officer Michael Plass (next to Ledoux) from being struck by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated person. Hyde Park Detective Jason Ruscillo of the PBA executive board stands next to Plass. Photo courtesy of Officer Joseph Wasilewski

  • State of the County: Molinaro urges everyone to get involved
  • Dutchess County launches new ‘Think DIFFERENTLY’ website
  • Bardavon to host screening of ‘Newtown’ documentary at UPAC

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘Game Night’
  • Get Growing! The Garden Tourist
  • Love to Cook: Try Boxty for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Murder Café celebrates milestone with 1940s-themed musical mystery
  • Ashokan Center presents music and conversation with Celtic folk artists

From left, Katie McNally, Low Lily and John Whelan are featured in a talk and concert this Sunday at the Ashokan Center. Courtesy photo

  • Year of the Veteran: ‘River Families’ and ‘Citizens’ each did their part in Hyde Park

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