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Fully Renovated Opera House to Open in Spring 2017

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – With $7 million in hand, the Hudson Opera House is moving forward with its $8.5 million renovation, the largest and most significant phase of its preservation efforts, the centerpiece of which is the restoration of its upstairs performance hall. Renovation is expected to be completed in spring 2017, marked by the organization’s…

John Pizzarelli Brings Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration to Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Pop-jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli celebrates the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birthday at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, December 19, at 8pm, with  “Swing 7 Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration.” A Mahaiwe audience favorite, Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards,…

2015 Grammy Nominees Include a Dozen Helsinki Hudson Veterans

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – In what continues to be its remarkable string of presenting critically and commercially acclaimed performers, this past week’s announcement of this year’s Grammy Award nominees includes a dozen artists who have graced the stage at Club Helsinki Hudson, including soul legend Bettye LaVette, gospel-R&B icon Mavis Staples, bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, folksinger…

Have You Seen This Man?, or, Hudson Keeps Humming Along Without Hallenbeck

by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Usually no-show jobs are reserved for professions like dockworker or construction worker. But in this riverside city, even the mayor can be a no-show. According to civic journalist Carole Osterink, writing in her Gossips of Rivertown blog, two days after it was confirmed that outgoing mayor Bill Hallenbeck lost…

Ulster County Sheriff Calls on Citizenry to Carry Firearms in Public

(ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y.) – Paul J. Van Blarcum, the Sheriff of Ulster County, has called on all licensed handgun owners to carry their firearms when going out in public. In a posting on the the Ulster County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page, Van Blarcum urged all those who are licensed to carry firearms to “PLEASE DO…

Mayor Calls Hudson Police Chief a Mere ‘Figurehead’

(HUDSON, N.Y., October 15, 2015) – Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. publicly diminished the role of Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore, calling him a mere “figurehead.” Hallenbeck also used the term “figurehead” to describe Hudson Police Commissioner Gary Graziano. A “figurehead” is “a person given a position of nominal leadership but having no actual authority,”…

Mayoral Debate: Hallenbeck: ‘Stop Gentrification – Build Affordable Housing’; Hamilton: Support Business and Build Community

(HUDSON, N.Y., October 14, 2015) – Two-term mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. was happy to take all the credit for whatever strides the city of Hudson has made over the last four years while restating his strong opposition to gentrification at a debate with his challenger, Tiffany Martin Hamilton, that attracted a standing-room-only crowd at the…