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41 minutes | a day ago
Reforming The BPD, With Pastor John Perez
Pastor Perez is a co-chair of Beacon’s police reform committee. He talks about the work being done to transform how the Beacon force operates through in areas like restorative justice, mental health support, community engagement and more.
40 minutes | 8 days ago
Home Cooking, With Jennifer Clair
Jennifer Clair is Beacon's foremost expert on food and cooking and the founder of Home Cooking New York, a culinary school founded in New York City. She is the author of a cookbook and has held many jobs in food-related media. In this episode: shopping for food in Beacon, why Jen would never open a restaurant, and how home cooks can overcome burnout.
27 minutes | 13 days ago
The Beacon Farmers Market Goes Big, With Sember Weinman
Sember Weinman is the executive director of Common Ground Farm, which oversees the Beacon farmer’s market. The market is moving to a much bigger location at the DMV parking lot, capable of supporting far more vendors. She talks about the change and the coming season at common ground farm.
38 minutes | 23 days ago
Reopening, With George Mansfield
Dogwood owner and city councilman George Mansfield was the last guest we had in studio before Covid shut everything down. He’s reopening the bar this week and comes back on the podcast to talk about it. He also dishes on city business and what the summer might look like in Beacon.
40 minutes | a month ago
Horticulturist Riche Cabo
After being shot, Richie left his career as a corrections officer to become a gardener. He worked his way up in the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to become director of the Citywide Nursery. While there he cared for the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear that was crushed (but not killed) in the 9/11 terror attacks. In Beacon, he founded the Sargent-Downing Garden.
20 minutes | a month ago
Tina Brown, Mother To 100
Since she was 18, Tina Brown has foster parented children and teens. Over the years she has cared for more than 100 kids including her two biological children.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 50: Understanding Danskammer
In this special 50th episode of Beaconites, we examine the proposal to build a new gas-burning power plant across the river at the 70-year-old Danskammer facility. Guests include Bill Reid, CEO of Danskammer Energy; Hayley Carlock, director of environmental advocacy and legal affairs at Scenic Hudson; and Emily Ellison and Harvey Weiss, two residents of the hamlet of Chelsea.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Meeting The Moment, With Paloma Wake
Paloma Wake is running for an at-large seat on the City Council and has been endorsed by the Beacon Democrats and Working Families party. In this episode she talks about her work with Beacon4BlackLives, Mutual Aid Beacon, Beacon’s Human Relations Commission and other organizations, and she shares her ideas for meeting the basic needs of people living in Beacon. Contact Paloma at email@example.com
41 minutes | 3 months ago
New Police Chief Sands Frost And City Administrator Chris White
Chief Frost, a 37-year veteran of the Beacon Police Department, talks about policing reforms, the role of race in policing and his enforcement priorities. New city administrator Chris White discusses business currently before the city and his plans for 2021 and beyond.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan
Scenic Hudson has protected huge swaths of land in and around Beacon, including Mount Beacon, Fishkill Ridge, Madam Brett Park and of course Long Dock Park. In this episode, Sullivan describes the legendary environmental group’s mission, its operating model and its priorities for 2021 and beyond.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Homespun Foods Owner Joe Robitaile
Joe Robitaile bought Homespun from previous owner Jess Reisman in late fall 2019, a few months before the pandemic struck and overthrew his plan for the business.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Pete Seeger And The Hudson River
Our guest Steve Schwartz is a longtime captain of the sloop Woody Guthrie. He talks about Pete Seeger's vision to bring people closer to the Hudson River as expressed through three projects: the sloop Clearwater, the smaller Woody Guthrie and River Pool.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Luthier And Musician John Vergara
John Vergara is the owner of Lord of the Strings, a musical instrument building and repair shop that he founded in 2013. John works with a wide range of stringed instruments, including the Arabic oud, the Puerto rican cuatro, classical style guitar and violin. As part of this interview he performs tunes on the Oud and guitar.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Beacon’s Housing Market, With Real Estate Agent Claire Browne
Claire talks about the waves of home buyers moving to Beacon in recent years, the current rental shortage and what's changing in 2020.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Acting Local, With Guy Felixbrodt
Guy has dedicated himself to making the world a better place. He volunteers on local issues ranging from environmental cleanup to animal rescue to education. He talks about the method to his madness.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Marika Blossfeldt, Nutritionist And Natural Foods Chef
Marika Blossfeldt has written two books on nutrition that are also books about living well. Her latest, “Cooking with Marika: Clean Cuisine from an Estonian Farm” provides a framework for eating wisely and maintaining gut health.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
The Beacon Players, With Anthony Scarrone
Beacon's high school theater productions are amazingly good. Program director Anthony Scarrone talks about the close community of cast, crew and families that have put on shows ranging from Peter Pan to A Chorus Line. And he describes staging Godspell against all odds in the middle of a pandemic. “It’s just a beautiful show that embraces love. And it also made a statement that even in the worst of times, if you seek a way to do something, nothing is impossible.”
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Art And Covid, With Former Whitney Museum Director David Ross
David Ross was the director of SF MOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art and other museums. In this episode he talks about Covid’s impact on the art world, Beacon's evolving character and other topics. “I am less concerned about the art market than I am about art schools. Art schools are in real trouble right now."
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Hudson Valley Brewery Founder John-Anthony Gargiulo
John-Anthony left LA and a career in film to return to his native Hudson Valley and start up a brewing operation that has developed a passionate following.
51 minutes | 7 months ago
NY Senate Candidate Karen Smythe
Karen Smythe is running for New York Senate in the 41st district, challenging Sue Serino who has held the seat since 2014. She talks about health care, the economy, climate change, Black Lives Matter and other issues.
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