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Village Trick or Treating To Take Place on October 28
Posted 10/18/17

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Harvest Fest Craft Fair THIS WEEKEND!
Posted 10/13/17

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Tuxedo Halloween Party October 28
Posted 10/13/17

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Tuxedo Family Fun Day This Saturday, October 7
Posted 10/6/17

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Friends of Sterling Forest October Events
Posted 9/27/17

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Last Call for Solarize Orange County
Posted 9/15/17

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Friends of Sterling Forest September Events
Posted 9/5/17

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Town Of Tuxedo Electronics Recycling Day Saturday September 9
Posted 9/1/17

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Solarize Orange Presentation at the Tuxedo Train Station Saturday, August 19
Posted 8/15/17

The Orange County Department of Planning is a sponsor of a cost-savings program called Solarize Orange. The program has state and federal incentives and there is access to low-interest loans. If people (homeowners and business building owners) sign up for a no-obligation estimate by September 15 then they can take advantage of the incentives.  Come learn more about this Saturday, August 19  from 9-11am at the Train Station.

Good Things to Know about Renewable Solar Energy

1 -The “NYSERDA incentive” directly reduces the cost of your system and is paid to your installer. It is currently 40 cents per installed Watt. For an average size system (7kW = 7,000W), that is $2,800. The incentive was enacted to spur the marketplace and is designed to taper off. Likely by mid-2017, the incentive will drop to 30 cents.

2- Tax credits available to home & business owners:                                                      Federal Investment Tax Credit: 30% of the installed cost of a solar system (no cap). You may claim the credit over multiple years. For both residential and commercial property owners. Applies to 2nd homes as well as primary residences.
New York State Residential Solar Equipment Tax Credit: an additional 25% of the installed cost of a solar system ($5,000 cap). You may claim the credit over 5 years. Does not apply to 2nd homes. Does cover condo/co-ops up to 50 kW.
If you lease a system, you receive the State tax credit, but the leasing company collects the federal tax credit.

3-Property tax exemption: Solar systems will not add to the taxable value of your home in NY State. To assure your tax exemption, your installer will provide you with NYS tax form RP-487 “Application for Tax Exemption of Solar or Wind Energy Systems or Farm Waste Energy Systems.”

4 - Sales tax: in Orange County, there is no sales tax charged on residential solar PV systems.

5-A solar system will likely add to the value of your home. A 2015 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported on sales data for almost 23,000 homes in eight states and found that homebuyers were willing to pay a premium of about four additional dollars per watt of solar power. That would be a home value increase of $28,000 for a 7kW system.

Solar and wind energy will dominate our energy future because they are technologies…not a fuel.

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Friends of Sterling Forest Schedule of Events - August 2017
Posted 7/25/17

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St. Mary’s Offers Free VBS Program for Kids Second Week of August!  Sign Up Today!
Posted 7/24/17

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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Parish Picnic Sunday July 16
Posted 7/12/17

All are cordially invited to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 16th beginning with a festive Mass at 10am.  Cardinal Dolan will be the Principal Celebrant.  Following Mass, there will be a parish picnic on the church grounds, with pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade salads and desserts.  There will also be games, raffles, and a bit of magic.  Enjoy a show by The Great Charlini, a pirate/magician extraordinaire.  Bring a salad or dessert to share.

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Social Squash Thursday July 6 at Live Technology
Posted 7/5/17

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Clary Garden Art Show at Dottie Audrey’s Tuesday July 18
Posted 7/5/17

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Tuxedo Chamber of Commerce Annual Summer BBQ - July 13
Posted 7/5/17

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Friends of Sterling Forest Announce Programs For July - 6/21/17

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Tuxedo Memorial Day Information
Posted 6/1/17

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Join Friends of Sterling Forest and Tuxedo Bird Club for 2 Spring Evening Bird Walks This Week
Posted 5/8/17

Join Friends of Sterling Forest and Tuxedo Bird Club for 2 spring evening bird walks during peak bird migration led by Terryanne Gmelch. Everyone welcome. Bring binoculars. We will walk on relatively flat and paved terrain first and then, if time permits, we will continue onto a rocky trail. Meet at Sterling Forest Visitor Center at 6:45 pm on the evenings of Wednesday, May 10 and Sunday, May 14, 2017.  Walk ends at 8:00 pm. Practice your bird song id at: http://blackrockforest.org/listen-fores

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Friends of Sterling Forest Earth Day Cleanup April 22 - 8am
Posted 4/21/17

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Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus Presents Tuxedo with $5,000 For Trail Kiosk
Posted 4/3/17

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus journeyed to Tuxedo on Thursday, March 31, 2017 to present a $5000 check to the Town as a contribution toward the Trail Kiosk which was recently installed at the Tuxedo Train Station.

Pictured with Town Supervisor Mike Rost, Deputy  Supervisor Dave Mcmillen and Councilperson Michele Lindsay are (from left) County Legislator Barry Cheney, County Executive Neuhaus, Don Weise from the NYNJ Trail Conference, Town resident Sue Scher and Mary Pat Smith from County Executive Neuhaus’ office. 

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Sterling Forest Fire Company St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Posted 3/1/17

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Shore Publishing at Art on Paper, March 2-5, 2017
Posted 2/14/17



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Friends of Sterling Forest February Events
Posted 1/30/17



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Blazing Night Bon-fire - Saturday February 4
Posted 1/30/17



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Chamber of Commerce Kick Off Mixer January 12 6:30pm
Posted 1/12/17

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How To Take Action To Oppose The Pilgrim Pipelines - November 29
Posted 11/22/16

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New York State Senator Chuck Schumer Visits The Tuxedo Train Station
Posted 10/7/16

Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the train station on Thursday, October 6 at 1:45 pm.  On hand to greet him were Supervisor Mike Rost, Councilmembers Dave McMillen, Michele Lindsay and Valerie Reardon as well as Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec and Mayor Mary Jo Guinchard. 

Senator Schumer was in Tuxedo to address the tragedy of the train accident in Hoboken on September 29.  He said he had complete faith in the NTSB, which is conducting an investigation into the accident.  Unfortunately, the Emergency Communication systems of New Jersey Transit and Metro North were not prepared to handle the necessary communication following the accident  Thus commuters were stranded with no idea of where to go and how long they would be inconvenienced.  Specifically, he noted that:

1-Updated information was not posted on New Jersey Transit’s Facebook page until 5 pm the day of the accident.
2-The NJ Transit website was running slow all day.
3-There was not enough staff on duty to talk to commuters who needed help.

He urged both New Jersey Transit and Metro North to “step up to the plate,” with clearer, more timely information.   He detailed a 4- point plan that he would like to see implemented:

  1. Work on expanding their efforts to sign more commuters up for email and text alerts.
  2. Get serious about using social media for updating riders
  3. Better public address systems and audio systems in general are needed
  4. More staff is needed in times of emergency.

In general, Senator Schumer suggested that these systems need to be as smart as smart phones are… and they just aren’t right now.

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The Cheymore Gallery presents JIM DINE Past is Present opening Saturday, Oct 15th
Posted 10/4/16

Cheymore Gallery is excited to announce a new exhibition of Jim Dine prints. Past is Present: Three Decades of Prints, curated by Ruth Lingen. The show opens Saturday, October 15th with a reception from 5-7pm, and will be on view through December 17, 2016.

Jim Dine is one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century and has had numerous solo exhibitions in museums in Europe and the United States. In 1970 the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, organized a major retrospective of his work, and in 1978 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, presented a retrospective of his etchings.

He is also one of the most naturally gifted printmakers working today and more recently he has had major print retrospectives at the Albertina, Vienna (2016); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2015/16); Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (2007); Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image Imprimée, Belgium (2008) and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA (2002).

Dine was born in 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied at night at the Cincinnati Art Academy during his senior year of high school and then attended the University of Cincinnati, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Ohio University, Athens, from which he received his B.F.A. in 1957.

Dine moved to New York in 1959 and soon became a pioneer creator of 'Happenings' together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman.

As a shop worker for the legendary New York printmaker Joe Wilfer and midwest book master Walter Hamady, Ruth Lingen learned both her trade and the pleasure of collaborating with living artists. In the years since, she herself has become somewhat of a legend, collaborating with nearly 50 of the world's greatest artists- on prints (some for Pace Editions, some on her own) and very special limited edition artist books. She has worked with Jim Dine, Robert Ryman, Mary Heilmann, Kiki Smith, Chuck Close, Claes Oldenburg, Bob Holman, Robert Creeley, Jessica Stockholder and Jeremy Sigler, Donald Traver, Al Held and John Chamberlain, to name a few. Lingen's work can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty, and the Brooklyn Museum, as well as in more than 20 libraries, from the New York Public Library to the Harvard University Library.

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Fall Music Festival Saturday October 8 - Powerhouse Park
Posted 9/28/16

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Episcopal Youth Fellowship Car Wash - Friday September 23, 3-5pm
Posted 9/21/16

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Stop Pilgrim Pipelines INFO Event - September 22
Posted 9/16/16

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NOTICE Free Yoga Event In Tuxedo!!
Posted 9/6/16

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NOTICE CHANGE IN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
Posted 8/1/16

Effective Tuesday, August 2 2016, The Town of Tuxedo dispatch will be turned over to Orange County 911.

The old 351-5111 number will still be operational and answered via an automated telephone menu.  The first instruction you will hear when dialing the old number will be “If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911.”

To report a fire or a need for ambulance services, downed wires or trees, water main breaks, natural gas odors/leaks, nuisance animals and roadway impediments or damage DIAL 911

If you have any kind of emergency DIAL 911

The Tuxedo Police, EMS and Fire Departments will continue to be our first responders and the transition to 911 will be transparent to the citizens of Tuxedo.

If you have any questions, please call Lt. John Norton at 351-5111 during normal weekday business hours. 

If you need to contact a member of the Police Department for administrative reasons, the 351-5111 system will route your call

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Tuxedo Minors wins first-ever Little League championship - 6/21/16

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Suffern Youth Football & Cheer Registration - Tuxedo Kids Welcome!
Posted 6/1/16

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Ramapo River Watershed Conference April 22
Posted 3/31/16

This year the Ramapo River Watershed Conference welcomes Suzy Allman, creator of the popular site MyHarriman and Dan Van Aps, noted Rutgers professor and water resource expert. Come to this free event and get the latest information on the environmental cleanups and remediations underway in the watershed in New York and New Jersey. Learn about pending development and preservation efforts.

The main conservation concern this year is the controversial proposed Pilgrim crude oil/refined fuel Pipelines which would threaten the Ramapo River, aquifer and public water supplies all along the watershed in both States.

We are pleased to once again partner with Ramapo College of New Jersey for this regional gathering. All conference events take place in the Trustee’s Pavilion at the college.

The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, with coffee and bagels and a greeting from Ramapo College President Peter Mercer at 10 a.m. The conference ends at 4 p.m. with a reception immediately following.

Please contact GeoffWelch@gmail.com for more information and reservations. The conference is a free event. We will post the agenda soon at: ramaporiver.org

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Son’s Of Italy Pasta Dinner Sunday April 3
Posted 3/29/16

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Annual Tree Lighting and Arrival of Santa - December 4
Posted 11/19/15

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New Parking System In The Lower Commuter Lot
Posted 11/5/15

The Lower Commuter Lot at 57 Powerhouse Lane has a new parking system.

All transactions are performed online at www.parkmobil.com or by calling 1-877-727-5730.  When paying for a daily parking space you must reference zone 4515, know your license plate number and have a credit card available.  There is a parkmobil App that can be used by any smartphone or android.

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Outdoor Horror Movie Night October 23
Posted 10/19/15

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Family Fun Day Moved to October 10
Posted 10/1/15

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Two Need Eateries To Open in Duck Cedar Plaza! Jobs Available!
Posted 9/23/15

Click here for more information

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Annual PTO Back-To-School Carnival This Friday at Circle Field
Posted 9/17/15

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Thursday September 10 is Primary Day
Posted 9/10/15

Thursday September 10th is Primary Day in Tuxedo.

The Republican Party has 1 race, which is Highway Superintendent. 

The Independence and Green parties are also running candidates for Family Court Judge.

If applicable....DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

The polls are open from 6 am - 9 pm. The polling place for District 3 is Town Hall (on the 2nd Floor).

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Son's Of Italy Pasta Dinner September 13 2-7pm
Posted 9/8/15

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Tuxedo Community Forum September 19
Posted 8/24/15

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Learn About the Pilgrim Pipeline slated to come through Tuxedo
August 10 at 7pm
Posted 8/10/15

Learn About the Pilgrim Pipeline slated to come through Tuxedo
AUGUST 10, 2015 7 PM
TUXEDO TOWN BOARD MEETING
Kate Hudson – speaker from the Riverkeeper

Hi Neighbors,
A company called Pilgrim is proposing to run a pipeline from Albany, NY down the New York State Thruway to transport Bakken crude oil south to a refinery in Linden, NJ and another pipeline next to it which will run north to transport the refined oil back up to Albany. Currently crude oil is transported via rail cars and barges running south down the Hudson River and the refined oil is transported north also via rail car and barges.

A Pilgrim lobbyist gave a presentation to the Town Board outlining the possible route they would like to take through our town. It does not follow the thruway when it gets to Woodbury and further deviates when it hits Tuxedo running down 17, behind the Duck Cedar Plaza, right through town up behind St. Mary’s, and crossing many privately owned properties. Many towns in New Jersey and New York have passed resolutions opposing these pipelines.

On Monday August 10th Kate Hudson from Riverkeeper will present their views on the Pilgrim Pipeline to the Town Board during the regularly scheduled town board meeting at 7:00. If you can, please take some time from your busy schedules and attend the town board meeting. If that’s not possible please look up Pilgrim Pipeline, the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline (CAPP), and the Scenic Hudson Presentation video on TPFYI.  An informed citizenry is vital to the safety and wellbeing of our town. Thanks!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED For the TUXEDO-HARRIMAN PARK TRAILS SHUTTLE BUS
Posted 7/8/15

To VOLUNTEER - FOLLOW LINK AND SIGN IN http://tinyurl.com/oxn2s7d

This is a new service for hikers coming by train to Tuxedo to enjoy a day or weekend to hike in Harriman State Park.

The shuttle bus made its first run July 4th weekend. We hope to operate this bus on Saturday and Sunday mornings through October. It makes an hour run leaving the Tuxedo Train Station at 10:4 0 am.

The Tuxedo-Harriman shuttle operation needs local volunteers.  If you have an hour or two to spare on a weekend morning, join us at the train station!

Volunteers begin work at 10 am getting ready to meet the 10:17 train from the city. We sell tickets to the bus ($5 one way) and trail maps to keep the hikers safe and informed, offer suggestions for hikes and overnight trips, and point out local resources.  At 10:40 we board the shuttle bus, and volunteers guide the bus drivers along the route and through the park, answering questions from the shuttle riders along the way.  We also keep an eye out for hikers who may want to board the shuttle near the trails. If you're mildly familiar with Harriman's trails, you'd be great at this! If not, we will provide you with information and tips.

The shuttle finishes its route at 11:50, in time for NYC riders to board the 11:58 train back to the city.

If you’re not sure if you want to ride the bus but would like to greet hikers coming off the train and sell tickets, let us know when you sign up.

LOCATION: Tuxedo Train Station

To VOLUNTEER - FOLLOW LINK AND SIGN IN http://tinyurl.com/oxn2s7d

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Tuxedo-Harriman Park Shuttle - 6/30/15

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Annual Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ July 9
Posted 6/30/15

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Base Camp Tuxedo at Tuxedo Train Station attracts a crowd - 6/22/15

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Kiryas Joel Annexation Hearing and Background Info by Dr. Richard Hull of NYU - 6/10/15

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Cub Scout Sponsored Kids Bike Rodeo Saturday June 13
Posted 5/28/15

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Placemaking Tour of Tuxedo Saturday June 13
Posted 5/28/15

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Authentic Italian Lasagna Feast June 13
Posted 5/28/15

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Tuxedo Base Camp Park Party - 5/7/15

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Base Camp Tuxedo - Outdoor Adventure Speaker & Suds - May 9
Posted 4/17/15

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Tuxedo Town Police Annual Easter Egg Hunt March 28 1pm
Posted 3/20/15

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Town Resident Sues Genting For Alleged Illegal Robocalls
Posted 12/15/14

Town Resident Shaun Neal has filed a lawsuit against Genting, alleging that the "robo calls" the company utilized to invite community members to a party at the Renaissance Faire last September were in fact illegal. Mr. Neal argues that Pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it is illegal for anyone to use an automated dialing device or pre-recorded voice to robocall cell phones and residential numbers under various conditions as set forth in the act. It is an additional violation if your phone number is on the Do Not Call registry, which his cell phone number has been since 2009.

Mr. Neal sued Genting for what he charges are widespread violations of the Act, for robocalling his cell phone number with their "offensive overt attempt" to buy his support.

He was especially bothered by the fact that somehow Genting had obtained his personal cell phone number and as part of his discovery demands, he asked them how they had obtained it. Their answer - voting records. It is prohibited by NY State Law to use voting records for telemarketing purposes and Mr. Neal finds it truly outrageous that they must have knowingly lied to the State of New York to obtain his personal cell phone number so that they could "harass" him with robocalls.

According to Mr. Neal, the TCPA provides for statutory damages of up to $1500 per phone call and an additional $1500 in damages per phone call if your phone number was registered with the DNC registry at the time of the call. Also, the gaming commission considers violations of State and Federal law when evaluating applicants.

Mr. Neal will be sending copies of his lawsuit to the gaming commission, FCC and state consumer protection board this week in hopes that they will consider the activities of Genting when evaluating their application for this gambling hall

Click HERE to view a copy of Mr. Neal’s complaint.

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Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Mixer Thursday December 11
Posted 12/11/14

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This Sunday Dec. 7 AT 1 PM - PROTECTING THE RAMAPO RIVER WATERSHED
Posted 12/2/14

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Cheymore Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Prophetic Diagrams II
Posted 10/21/14

Prophetic Diagrams II
October 25- December 19, 2014 

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 2014
4-6pm

"So we didn't summon Lucifer that evening, but I was struck by the fact that besides a few incantations and supplicatory overtures to the devil, the vast majority of the spell was concerned with describing the visual nature of the process.  Specific diagrams needed to be drawn, objects carefully arranged.  It was less important to persuade the demon to come to you with words than to call upon them with images he/she recognized--it was all about drawing."
from the essay "Prophetic Diagrams" by Will Corwin

 

Cheymore Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Prophetic Diagrams II

Based on the idea of summoning spirits via diagram, inspired by an 18th century German book of black magic discovered in a dumpster on 13th St. in Manhattan, curator Will Corwin personally asked* a group of artists to loan works that they felt were either diagrammatic or possessed the quality of summoning spirits or entities, or both.  The first exhibition took place in London at the George and Jorgen Gallery and featured such artists as Sarah Lucas, Fiona Rae, Joyce Pensato, Carin Riley, Roxy Paine, Bob and Roberta Smith and Lucy Skaer.  The second iteration of the exhibition opens at the Cheymore Gallery on Saturday October 25, and will run through December 19.  Pensato, Rae, Bruce Pearson, Simon Patterson and Mike Ballou have all returned for an encore (almost all submitting new drawings) and they have been joined by Mike Cloud, Elizabeth Kley, Katie Holten and Fred Tomaselli among others.

In his review of "Prophetic Diagrams," David Barrett in ArtMonthly wrote "The central tenet...is the revelation that it is good drawing technique, apparently, that is the key to successfully summoning a demon.  The unique rune-like marks that each spirit responds to must be accurately inscribed.  This exhibition then, is a multi-voiced disquisition that extrapolates that point into a wider thesis defining the activity of drawing--drawing as a tool-making activity, drawing as diagramming, and drawing as incantation and summoning."  Several of the artists present deities: Elizabeth Ferry's drippy benevolent "Froggy Totem" is contrasted with Joyce Pensato's brutal "De Niro," where Jake LaMotta explodes with black and gold enamel blood, and Tom Levine charges the intersection of two nudes, creating a hybrid monster.  Bruce pearson inscribes a hidden socio-political mantra in his patchwork watercolor while Mike Could etches a not-so-suble lamentation in thick oil paint on paper.  

The most diagrammatic works in "the prophecy fulfilled," Simon Patterson's zanily re-labeled cross-section of a cruise ship, Kathleen White's symbolist appropriation of music score and treble and bass clefs, and Katie Holten's networks of movement and environmental usage, serve to inform the viewer of diagrams at their most spontaneous and creative.  other pieces in the show, like Paul Anthony Smith's photo collage ode to the papaya act as vectors to retool and reinterpret the intersection between abstract symbols, cartographies and text, and realistic representation.

Please find attached to this press release a copy of David Barrett's ArtMonthly review of "Prophetic Diagrams" and links to the online catalog and several other reviews.

*with the exception of Kathleen White who passed away this September and was curated into the exhibition by her friend Elizabeth Kley.

Artists in the exhibition:

Bruce Pearson
Carin Riley
Cy Morgan
Dan Perfect
Elizabeth Ferry
Elizabeth Kley
Fiona Rae
Fred Tomaselli
Joyce Pensato
Kathleen White
Katie Holten
Mike Ballou
Mike Cloud
Morgan Hughes de Rham
Nathlie Provosty
Paul Anthony Smith
Shervonne Neckles
Simon Patterson
Tim Harrington
Tom Levine
Will Corwin

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Tuxedo Day At Sterling Forest State Park
Posted 9/18/14

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Tuxedo hosts e-recycling program - 9/3/14

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Robert Steele Educates Tuxedo on Big Gambling in a Small Town
Posted 7/2/14

Robert Steele, former US Congressman from Connecticut, spoke on the financial and social impacts of gambling at St. Mary’s on June 26.  His experience representing the district in which the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are located gave him first hand knowledge of the costs and broken promises of gambling that will impact our community if Genting is granted a license for the Sterling Forest Casino.

Casinos are a $ 63 billion industry. Mr. Steele emphasized the importance of educating communities that casinos bring more harm than good. What lessons can be drawn from the recent history of gambling?

Impact of Increased Competition
The Federal Government approved gaming in 1988 on Indian reservations to raise money for tribal governments; they had no idea of the Pandora’a box that would open as state after state rushed in to legalize non-Indian casinos. In 1988, Nevada and New Jersey were the only states that had legalized casinos. Today there are 39 states with 1000 casinos.

When Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun opened, the nearest competition was in Atlantic City and the new casinos attracted mostly out of state gamblers. Now, there are 57 casinos in New England alone and that number could go to 77. Increased competition has led to Foxwoods’ default on debt of $500 million and the Connecticut casinos are forced to attract local customers as they are losing their out of state clientele. To attract a younger audience, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are pushing for online gambling, a highly addictive form of gambling with 24 hour availability.

Competition has led to recent bankruptcies in Atlantic City including The Atlantic Club and Revel, and Caesars has closed the Showboat casino. The State of Delaware is considering a bailout of failing gambling operations.   

Mr. Steele said that new casinos poach business from existing casinos until the new casinos themselves lose business to even newer casinos.

Taxpayers ultimately bear the costs of failed casinos.

Economic Impacts of Casinos
Studies by economist Earl Grinnols of Baylor University show that the costs outweigh the benefits of casinos by a 3:1 ratio. (Gambling in America: Costs and Benefits)

Casinos do not create spinoff businesses in nearby communities, but rather cannibalize local businesses as the casinos are self-contained destinations.

There is little evidence that casinos strengthen local and state finances. In Connecticut, the state receives 25% of gaming revenues which has totaled $6.5 billion over 20 years, yet the state is in dire financial straits.

Casinos skew a local economy to low-paying jobs.

Key points in a recent study by the Institute for American Values are:

  1. Gambling has moved from the margins of society to the mainstream.
  2. Today’s casinos rely more on slots than table games.
  3. Slots have transformed from the 1-arm bandit machines of yesterday to today’s sophisticated computers that accept your credit card and are specially designed to keep people gambling for hours.  A book “Addiction by Design” by MIT associate professor of anthropology Natasha Dow Schüll discusses this.
  4. Casinos are not benign mainstream businesses but rather are predatory businesses that derive 40 – 50% of revenues from gambling addicts.
  5. Living within 10 miles of a casino doubles the chance of developing a gambling addiction.
  6. Casino income is a regressive tax on low wage earners, minorities and seniors.
  7. State governments have partnered with casinos by inviting them in and encouraging their citizens to gamble for state revenue.

Casinos drain wealth from nearby communities.

Economic costs of Gambling Addiction
The New London Day (CT) newspaper called Connecticut the Embezzlement Capital of America.  Mr. Steele said that in Connecticut the arrests for embezzlement have increased by 400 percent since the casinos were established.

Gambling addiction leads to increased debt, bankruptcies, broken families and crime.

Impact on Property Values and Schools
The Institute for American Values showed a typical decrease of 20% in property values.

Low-paying jobs create pressure for low-income housing and social programs.

In Norwich, Ct near Mohegan Sun, the ESOL programs for non-English speaking students increased from 40 students with one teacher to 400 students speaking over 30 languages.

Quality of Life Impact
The Connecticut casinos caused a spike in traffic, drunk driving and police calls as well as a sharp increase in residents seeking treatment for gambling addiction.

A Lesson from Palmer, Massachusetts
Citizens in Palmer staged a strong education campaign (“The More you Know, the Less You’ll Like Casinos”) when Mohegan Sun attempted to build a $ 1 billion casino. Although Mohegan Sun outspent the residents by a 100: 1 margin, the citizens groups prevailed with a door to door campaign, letters to the editor and 30-second spots on the radio station. Ultimately, Palmer voted down the project in a binding referendum.

Takeaway for Tuxedo
The Gaming Commission will take into consideration the support or opposition of our community that goes beyond the 4:1 Town Board vote. We need to have our voices heard through letters and attendance at the public hearings that the Gaming Commission will hold in each region.

To view an edited version of the lecture, click here

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Robert Steele To Speak About "Big Time Gambling in a Small Town"
Posted 6/24/14

Bob Steele is Chairman of Connecticut-based NLC Insurance Company and has been a director of numerous other companies, including the American Stock Exchange.

A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a nominee for Governor of Connecticut. He comes to us this evening, however, as an author to speak about casinos and the background to his book, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town

. WBZ Boston’s Dan Rea calls the novel “powerful,” and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described it as “compelling and timely…an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed.”

Bob would be happy to stay and answer questions as well as sign copies of his book following his presentation.

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Tuxedo Bark Club Grand Opening May 31
Posted 5/27/14

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Schedule of Memorial Day Events in Tuxedo
Posted 5/23/14

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1st Annual Strong Kids Picnic and BBQ This Saturday At Powerhouse Park
Posted 5/15/14

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Town Of Tuxedo Snow Plowing Operations
Posted 2/19/14

The goals of the Town of Tuxedo snow and ice control operations are to provide timely clearing and removal of ice and snow from town streets, to minimize the hazards of winter road conditions encountered by motorists, and to restore optimum traveling conditions throughout the Town as soon as possible after each storm event.

Fire Hydrants
Owners of property and occupants of buildings that have a fire hydrant are asked by Town Officials to clear a four-foot area in all directions around the hydrant and a three-foot wide path from the street to the fire hydrant.  Our Volunteer Fire Department counts on hydrants being cleared of snow to help protect your safety.
 
Mailboxes
While plow truck drivers make every effort to avoid mailboxes, they do, on occasion, hit or knock one over. Operators must report these incidents to their supervisor. It is also possible that mailboxes can be knocked over by heavy snow without the operator’s knowledge.
The Town is not liable for damage to mailboxes nor is the town responsible for replacement of homeowners’ mailboxes.
The post office will not deliver mail until the mailbox is replaced. Mailbox installation standards are summarized as follows:

  • The box should be 3 1/2 to 4 feet from ground level to the bottom of the box.
  • The face of the box should be flush with the back of the curb or set back 6 to 12 inches from the edge of the road.
  • All mailboxes should have a handle, a flag, and the house number on the right hand side as you face it from the street.
  • Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the Postmaster may withdraw delivery service.
  • Curbside mailboxes must be placed to allow safe and convenient delivery by carriers without leaving their vehicles.

Driveway Clearing Tips
Homeowner driveways and parking lot entrances take the blunt of snow pile up once a plow truck has serviced a road.  This is an unfortunate and unintentional result of street snow plowing. Please note, home owners are responsible for clearing the end of their own driveway.

The following suggestions are intended to make your driveway snow removal easier and safer:

  • Do NOT shovel, blow, or plow snow from your driveway into or across the road. It is a violation of Town Ordinances to push snow into the street, and you may be held liable if this snow causes an accident. Remember, you are also responsible for the actions of your contractor!
  • Do NOT allow children to play on snow banks along the side of the road.
  • Before final clean-up of your driveway, check the road. If it does not appear to be widened out, a plow will most likely be returning to plow again and may push snow back into the entrance of your driveway. Doing this might keep you from clearing your driveway more than once.  It is worth noting that depending on the forecast shoveling may be best done in stages.

Finally, please have patience. Snow plowing is a time consuming and arduous job covering approximately 46 miles of roads in Town.  Some residents will have their road plowed first and some will be last, but at the end all town roads will be cleared.

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TORNE MOUNTAIN PRESENTATION - Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Posted 1/17/14

Friends of Sterling Forest Lecture Series Event for Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1pm at the Lautenberg Visitors Center at Sterling Forest State Park, N.Y.

Torne Mountain
The most majestic peak in the Ramapo Mountains, Torne Mountain's scenic beauty was depicted by several leading artists of the Hudson River School. The Torne, and its cliff edged terraces descending towards the Ramapo River, is now almost completely protected by inclusion in Harriman State Park. Also know as the Ramapo Torne and rich is biodiversity, the mountain was an important early Indian site. Those who hike to its summit are rewarded with splendid views. Join us as Ramapo River Watershed Keeper, Geoff Welch, presents a marvelous slideshow of images and tells us about the art, the history, the biodiversity and the conservation of Torne Mountain.

THE FRIENDS OF STERLING FOREST (F.S.F.) is a FRIENDS GROUP, organized to help preserve Sterling Forest State Park. The F.S.F. will continue to educate and share the beauty of this region with our friends who love the out-of-doors. There will not be any fee for our events. Donations are accepted to assist F.S.F. preserve the history of your park. Registration is required for all programs. For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.

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Castricone tosses hat in the ring for Assembly seat - 1/10/14

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Town of Tuxedo Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday December 8
Posted 12/3/13

The Tuxedo Christmas Tree Lighting will take place this coming Sunday, December 8, at the Train The festivities begin at 4pm with a visit from Santa and a Holiday craft, followed by the lighting of the tree at 4:45!

Mark your calendars!

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Town Board Presents Preliminary Draft Plans for Potential Project at Quarry Field
Posted 10/31/13

Click here to view .pdf

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Warm Feet Campaign - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
Posted 10/30/13

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Outreach is collecting new socks for those in need.  Drop boxes can be found at the Tuxedo Park Library, Chase Bank in Tuxedo, S. Joan of Arc Chruch in Sloatsburg, and of course, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Tuxedo.  Please be generous and help us help those in need.  The sock drive will continue until December 1, 2013 when the socks will be donated to shelters and charities in the Hudson Valley.  For additional information or to learn how you can help by placing a drop box at your place of employment please contact Nancy Bourke at 351-5625.

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Tuxedo Family Fun Day This Saturday October 5th
Posted 10/4/13

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Town Justice Loretta Davis Resigns
Posted 10/2/13

Hon. Elaine M. Laurent
Tuxedo Town Clerk
One Temple Drive
Tuxedo, NY 10987

Dear Elaine:
One Temple Drive, Tuxedo Park, New York 10987
September 8, 2013

As you know, I have been a Town Justice for Tuxedo since 1994, and it has been a
great privilege to serve in this capacity for almost 20 years. I have had the good fortune to
work with terrifically skilled and dedicated personnel, and I would like to single out for
specific thanks Libby Smith and Judges Richard Vingiello and Shawn Brown.

It is with regret that I write to inform you and the Town Board of my decision to
resign my position. I have recently signed a contract to sell the house which has been my
home for 26 years, and I plan to move from our wonderful community. I have previously
scheduled and will preside over my criminal court calendar on September 1 0, 2013 and my
civil court calendar on September 18, 2013. My resignation will take effect at the close of
business on September 30,2013.

I want to thank all of you and the people of the Town of Tuxedo for your
overwhelming support throughout the years.

Very truly yours,
Loretta K. Davis
Tuxedo Town Justice

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Judge Loretta Davis Responds to August 30 THR Article
Posted 9/2/13

Click here to read letter

Click Here To Read The 8/30 THR Article

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Chamber of Commerce to Hold 8th Annual Golf Outing September 12
Posted 8/8/13

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New Show Opening at The Cheymore Gallery This Weekend!
Posted 7/22/13

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5K Foam Fest at Tuxedo Ridge June 22-23
Posted 5/16/13

Most people agree it's important to lend a helping hand - but did you know there are ways to have great fun while doing it, too? Special Olympics New Jersey has teamed up with the 5k Foam Fest to bring their cause along with fun, foam, and muddy running to the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, PA)! Ever run a 5k through a carwash? That's basically this race in a nutshell!

Built for beginners and experts alike, the 5k Foam Fest cleans you up after getting you down and dirty! Picture colossal mud pits, cargo net climbs, and army crawls - then picture giant inflatable obstacles full of fluffy, white foam! 

You'll feel like a kid again as you run through the mud and bounce your way through giant inflatable obstacles. Then you'll have to prove you're a grown up as you tackle the Death Drop - the WORLD'S LARGEST inflatable slide!

Kami Allen from Portland loved it so much she announced on Facebook that she's running it twice this year: "[I’m actually] coming from Oregon to do the race with my aunt and friends in Orlando! Did the one in Portland last year and had a blast!" 

And aside from having fun, you'll benefit a great cause. A portion of all the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and athletes with special needs.

Come join in the fun on Saturday, June 22nd – 23rd at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center located at 581 Rte. 17A Tuxedo Park, NY 10987. All participants will run, walk, and crawl their way through 5 kilometers (roughly 3.1 miles) of mud pits and fun, foamy obstacles!

The 5k race is open to anyone ages 10 and older. To register, visit http://www.5kfoamfest.com. Readers can also like the 5k Foam Fest on Facebook and follow it on Twitter to learn more about special giveaways, prizes, locations and of course Special Olympics New Jersey!

Fact Sheet

Official name: 5k Foam Fest

Host city: Tuxedo Park, NY

Date: June 22nd – 23rd, 2013

Event description: The 5k Foam Fest is an annual mud run with foam. It's basically a giant car wash for dirty humans oozing with mud, foam, and watery obstacles!

Company Mission and History: Founded in 2010, Round House Racing specializes in outdoor adventure races like the 5k Foam Fest. Our mission is to provide fresh, fun and innovative athletic events to challenge all participants--seasoned athletes and beginners alike. We are dedicated to inspiring a healthier, happier society through the combination of exercise and philanthropy.

Round House Racing was born when the owners of a central Utah bike shop noticed an open niche in the racing industry and set to work creating fun and foamy obstacles! But why foam? Three reasons: it provides a fun, unique way for racers to clean up after getting dirty, it has never been used in the racing industry before, and it doesn't have the same negative environmental impact on parks that other full-fledged mud runs do. 

Featuring obstacles like the 50-foot slip'n'slide, the inflatable bounce house of foam, and the Death Drop, the 5k Foam Fest provides a fun and foam filled experience to the novice runner and the veteran alike!

Fee:  $60+

Start time: 8:00 am

Parking: $10 per vehicle

Course: Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center

Expected Attendance: 6,000 participants + Spectators

Race director: Mary Mann; marym@roundhouseracing.com, (801) 798-5451

Media contact: Ryan Cook; ryanc@roundhouseracing.com, (801) 472-5959

Post-race interviews, photo opportunities, and media art: For more information about scheduling interviews or photo ops, or to receive high-resolution photos and video, please email our media contact.

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New Show Opening At The Cheymore Gallery This Saturday
Posted 5/8/13

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11th 5-7p
IMPRINTED PICTURES
Lydia Dona / Fabian Marcaccio
Alexander Ross / Tom McGrath

Cheymore Gallery is happy to announce a new exhibition
Imprinted Pictures. This show opens on Saturday, May 11th with a reception for the artists from 5-7p, and will be on view through July 13th. 'Imprinted Pictures' brings together the works of Lydia Dona, Fabian Marcaccio, Alexander Ross and Tom McGrath to explore the relationship between painting and the process of printmaking.

Lydia Dona lives and works in New York City. She is well known both nationally and internationally. She was featured in the 1991 Corcoran Biennial in Washington, DC and the ground breaking Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition Conceptual Abstraction that same year.

Fabian Marcaccio is an Argentine born artist living and working in New York City. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and South America. In 2004 the Miami Art Museum mounted a solo exhibition of his work and the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein organized a major retrospective.

Alexander Ross was born in Denver and lives and works in New York City. He is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. He has exhibited widely through out the United States and Europe.

Tom McGrath is a New York based artist who has shown internationally and around the United States. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Gallery of Art.

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