Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

December 2nd, 2019

December 2-December 13

 

 

Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

September 19th, 2019

September 9-September 20

December 2-December 13

 

 

Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

June 10th, 2019

June 10-June 28

September 9-September 20

December 2-December 13

 

 

Lazarus Family Tech Labs Classes Return

June 2nd, 2019

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s free, hands-on technology coaching program, Lazarus Family Tech Labs, returns with a 3 class series beginning Sunday, June 2 at 11:30am.

  • Sunday, June 2 at 11:30 – Excel for Beginners: The basics of Microsoft Excel, including calculations, setting up budgets and creating charts will be covered.
  • Sunday, June 23 at 11:30am – iPhone & Smartphone photography: Learn tips and tricks on taking pictures with your Smartphone (emphasis on iPhone). Find out about hidden features.
  • Sunday, June 30 at 11:30 am – Downloading Books from the Library: Learn to use Overdrive and Libby to check out e-books and audio books, and download books to your phone or tablet for free from your library.

Join as many classes as you wish.  Classes are free.   Advance registration is required.  Sign-up in person at the library or by calling 518-325-4101. Please bring your own device, or let us know if you will be using the library’s computer.

Instructor Pam Doran has taught Lazarus classes at Roe Jan since 2017.  Ms. Doran has been a free lance IT consultant and educator for 20 years.

Lazarus Family Tech Labs are made possible by a generous grant from the Lazarus Family Foundation.

 

 

5K in Roe Jan Park to Raise Scholarships for Graduates

June 2nd, 2019

A 5K in the bucolic Roeliff Jansen Park!

On Sunday, June 2, beginning at 10 am, the annual 5K gets underway at the Roeliff Jansen Park to raise money for local scholars at Taconic Hills.  Pre-register for $20 or $25 the day of the event.  Contact Joe Raco (518) 929-9960 if you’d like to participate or volunteer.  Pre-registration checks should be made out to “TH Dollars for Scholars” & can be sent to RACO at PO Box 593 Philmont, NY 12565.

Runners, Walkers, and Teams welcome!  Don’t want to Walk or Run?  Come and watch or volunteer your time for a great cause!

All proceeds will be donated to Dollars for Scholars toward scholarships in honor of Titans we’ve lost.

 

 

Workshop at Library: An Introduction to Storytelling

June 1st, 2019

Everyone has a story to tell! Come to this workshop and learn to transform your personal experiences into engaging, well organized, and memorable stories. Using Ancram Opera House’s REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES approach to storytelling, workshop leader Paul Ricciardi (Co-Director of Ancram Opera House) will guide you in exercises you can use to create great stories! You will be invited to pitch your stories for the July 27 event: REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES at the Ancram Opera House. Paul Ricciardi is the co-artistic director of the Ancram Opera House and an award-winning teacher, actor, director and voice/speech/dialect coach. He is an associate professor at the City University of New York/Kingsborough CC where he teaches voice and acting. He received the 2018 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award.  Called “The Gold Medallion”, it is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.

 

 

Spring Flower Walk

June 1st, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 10 am-1 pm:
Taconic State Park (Cedar Brook), Copake Falls

These walks are led by Claudia Knab-Vispo of the HawthorneValley FarmscapeEcology Program. Participation is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia (email hidden; JavaScript is required or 518-672-7994) to reserve a space and to receive directions.

 

Opening Day at Farmers Market

May 25th, 2019

The Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market is launching the  2019 season on its traditional date of Memorial Day weekend, on Saturday May 25th. We will run through Halloween, allowing us to experience three seasons with you.

The covered barn at the Roeliff Jansen Park (9140 Route 22, across from the Roe Jan Community Library) once again serves as the setting. Ample parking, umbrella tables, a dog run, walking trails, weekly live music, and gorgeous views combine to create an experience that goes beyond shopping.

At the heart of this, of course, are the vendors. We are delighted to welcome back all of last year’s vendors, and say hello to three new faces:  Borough Mushroom Farm, The Roly Poly baked goods, and Mei’s Traditional Chinese Dumplings.  You can learn more about all of our 2019 vendors here:  http://www.copakehillsdalefarmersmarket.com/2019-vendor-lineup/

To hear more about the music lineup, children’s activities, special guests, family activities and more, consider signing up for our weekly newsletter — to sign up, use the form on our website,  www.copakehillsdalefarmersmarket.com, or the Newsletter tab on our Facebook page,  www.fb.com/copakehillsdalefarmersmarket

Our wonderful Market Manager, Nicole Friedrich, welcome any inquiries or suggestions at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

 

Safe at Home Committee Hosts Meet and Greet

May 18th, 2019

Hillsdale’s Safe at Home Committee is hosting a Meet and Greet at Town Hall on Saturday, May 18 at 10 am. The goal of the meeting is to hear seniors and caregivers discuss their needs and assess how the Town and its Safe at Home Committee can better serve them. The meeting will be interactive and everyone is encouraged to participate. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

Newly established in 2018, the Safe at Home Committee distributed a Resource Booklet in Fall 2018, which described a range of services that County agencies and non-profit organizations offer. This was a first step to help seniors learn about available services.

The Committee wants to ensure that we hear directly from seniors and caregivers about their concerns and special needs. In addition to our conversation, the Committee is asking seniors to fill out a needs assessment Survey that they will receive in the mail. It’s a simple two-page questionnaire that will help the Committee design effective programs.

The overarching goals of the Meet and Greet and the Survey is for the Safe at Home Committee to be an on-going resource for information and programs, and to build a strong community that helps us all to age in place safely.

For any further information contact Natalie Kahan 518 265-2113.

 

Spring Flower Walk

May 18th, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 10 am-1 pm:
Beebe State Forest (No-Bottom-Pond), Austerlitz

Saturday, June 1, 10 am-1 pm:
Taconic State Park (Cedar Brook), Copake Falls

These walks are led by Claudia Knab-Vispo of the HawthorneValley FarmscapeEcology Program. Participation is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia (email hidden; JavaScript is required or 518-672-7994) to reserve a space and to receive directions.

 

 

Hillsdale Clean-up Day

May 18th, 2019

The Hillsdale Town Garage on Old Town Road will be open on Saturday, May 18, from 9 am to noon for Spring Clean-up. If you have stuff to discard, come on down.

GUIDELINES

Price of Admission: Free for Hillsdale residents. Donations will be accepted to support Town activities such as the Holiday Tree lighting.

What you can bring: the usual stuff with exceptions – see below. 

Additional charges: 

Mattresses and box springs $20 each
Regular sofas $10 
Sofa beds and recliners $12

What you cannot bring Household garbage, TVs, computers, computer screens, electronics, paint, paint cans, oil, oil cans or barrels, chemicals, fertilizer or pesticides or their containers, hazardous materials of any kind, brush, construction debris or tires.

Latex paint: You may dispose of latex paint (which is water based) in your regular household garbage provided the liquid inside of the can is dry. This can be accomplished by adding shredded newspaper, sand or kitty litter to latex paint and letting it air dry (as per NYSDEC).

Hazardous Waste: Columbia County has scheduled a hazardous waste day for Saturday, May 11, from 8 am to noon.

More information.

 

Town Board Meeting 4/9/19

May 15th, 2019

Town Board Meeting Minutes 4/9/19

May Town Board Meeting

May 14th, 2019
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Accept minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (Cipkowski)
  4. Public Comments
  5. County Update (Cipkowski)
  6. Highway Superintendent’s Report (Briggs)
  7. Town Clerk’s Report (Doolan)
  8. Fire District (Hanselman)
  9. Tax Collector (Hanselman)
  10. Town Board Reports: Human Resources (Tiger), Infrastructure (Ward), Parks (Sims), Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  11. Committee Reports: Broadband (Dash), CAC (Lewis), Clean Energy (Carty), Development and Marketing (Carty/Ward) Housing (Levy), Safe at Home (Lapenn)
  12. Old Business/New Business
    • Local Laws #1 and #2
    • Appoint Secretary for BAR
    • Farmers Market 2019 Update
    • Steve Bluestone Proposal
    • Route 21 Closure Schedule
    • Franchise Agreement Update
    • WWTP Update
    • RFP for Town Website Update
    • Whippoorwill Update
    • eCode 360 Proposal
    • Kickoff meeting for new committee members
    • Request for Committee Meeting Notes
    • Roe Jan Ramble
    • May 18
  13. Amendments
  14. Public Comments
  15. Pay Bills
  16. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 11 @ 7 pm

 

Kristina Bachrach sings “Echoes of Spring” at Library

May 12th, 2019

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library presents returning soprano Kristina Bachrach singing “Echoes of Spring”, accompanied by Mitchell Vines on piano, on Sunday, May 12 at 5 pm.  The concert will include works of Franz Schubert, Charles Ives, Richard Rodgers, and Joni Mitchell and others.

In recent seasons Ms. Bachrach has made debuts at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and performed over fifty recitals across the United States. Earlier this season she made her Off-Broadway debut, co-starring in a 39-show run of “Because I Could Not Stop for Death: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson,” with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Ms. Bachrach has fulfilled many prestigious artist residencies, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, and the Banff Centre. She has also appeared on operatic stages throughout the United States.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

 

 

Classic Cabaret and Jazz at the Church

May 11th, 2019

Classic Cabaret and Jazz

With songs by Freddie Hubbard, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and Andrew Lloyd Webber among others

Saturday, May 11, 5 pm

Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale

State Highway 23 and State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529

Ilana Meredith (vocals) is a graduate of N.Y.U., Tisch School of the Arts’ BFA Drama Program.  Her acting credits include Grease (Frenchy) at The Shawnee Playhouse, Pippin (Fastrada) at the New London Barn Playhouse, and Cabaret (Sally Bowles) at the Florida Stage Door Theatre.  She also appeared in the national tours of Clifford The Big Red Dog – Live! and If This Hat Could Talk – The Story of Dorothy Height.  Ilana has also done several professional voice-overs and appeared in the indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile. She received her master’s degree in Theatre Education from City College of NY and now teaches drama and directs the mainstage shows at Great Neck North High School.  When not teaching, Ilana continues to study theatre in NYC and most recently appeared in the short film “Golden Brown” and a commercial for the Pena & Kahn law firm.

 Joe Rutkowski (piano) has entertained audiences in the metro area for over 50 years.  Performing his first gig on accordion at the age of 10, he has expanded his repertoire of styles to include classical Mozart and Beethoven to Jazz Classics, from Polish and Ukrainian dances to bebop jazz and Jewish Klezmer.  As a combo player and soloist, Joseph Rutkowski is a 44-year veteran member of Local 802 (American Federation of Musicians). He has performed dozens of jazz programs with his two sons, Ben and Daniel. As a young musician, he performed hundreds of club dates with his brother Andrew and their father, Joe, Sr.  This pattern of a father and two sons goes back 5 generations in Joe’s family to the 1880s in Poland.

Jay Bradley (drums) has been ‘covering all the bases’ from R&B, Small and Big Band Jazz and Musical Theater in the Berkshire, Litchfield, and Dutchess County area for 20-plus years.  Have drum kit will travel.  Speaking of which, Jay plays Premier and Modern Drum Shop Drums as well as Istanbul Cymbals.

Joe Salamone (bass)   is originally from  NYC and now resides in Northwest Connecticut.  He also plays guitar.  Joe was raised on Doo Wop, Pop, Rock n Roll, Disco, Progressive Rock, Funk, Fusion, Swing, Jazz, Jump, New Country and Traditional Country Music.  Joe has performed in Churches, Clubs, Concerts, Weddings, Restaurants, Cruise Lines, Rodeos, Dance halls, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Benefits, Studios, Pizzerias, Garages, Basements and played with too many groups to list. It’s all Good!

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

 

Columbia County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

May 11th, 2019

Hours of Operation: 8 am to Noon

Location: Highway Garage , Route 23B, Greenport

Residents with large quantities (pick up/van loads) must contact the DPW administrative office prior to participating @ 518-828-2737.   No charge for county residents, however, proof of residency is required.

RULES AND GUIDELINES

 

Be Tick Smart at Library

May 9th, 2019

Roe Jan Community Library presents “Be Tick Smart” – a program providing tips to protect yourself and your family from Ticks, on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm.

Afraid to go out and walk the lovely trails in our county, or hike our local mountains because of the insidious tick?  Join us and learn some tips to help you feel comfortable enjoying the beautiful outdoors.  From simply mowing around your house properly to the use of a lint roller you can greatly reduce the tick population around you.

Learn how to avoid and identify tick-borne diseases with Master Gardeners Nancy Winch and Donna Peterson. In this presentation you will learn these and many more tips to protect yourself, your family and your pets.

Nancy Winch is a Master Gardener Volunteer.  She is retired from the Columbia County Health Department where she spent many years tracking tick-borne disease cases and providing education on the topic to physicians, medical staff, and residents of Columbia County.  Donna Peterson has been at Cornell Cooperative Extension since 1992, where she is currently Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Columbia and Greene counties.

 

 

 

North Methodist Chicken BBQ

May 4th, 2019

On Saturday, May 4,  from 4 – 6:30 pm, the North Hillsdale Methodist Church (a designated historic landmark) is hosting their quarterly BBQ extravaganzas. Located at Route 21 and Route 22 – just 4 miles north of the intersection of routes 22 and 23.

Menu includes: 1/2 BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Homemade Coleslaw, and Homemade Deserts.

Can you put on the website about our Chicken Barbecue?

Take out only.

Adults: $13.00  Children 5-10 years: $6.00  Under 5 years: FREE

Location: North Hillsdale Methodist Church on Route 22 (4 miles north of Route 23) in North Hillsdale, NY.

All proceeds support the building restoration project.

Spring Flower Walks

May 4th, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 8-10 am:
Phudd Hill and Floodplain Forest on Hawthorne Valley Farm (this is the day of the May Celebration at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School–plan to stay after the walk to watch the students dance around the maypole!)

Saturday, May 18, 10 am-1 pm:
Beebe State Forest (No-Bottom-Pond), Austerlitz

Saturday, June 1, 10 am-1 pm:
Taconic State Park (Cedar Brook), Copake Falls

These walks are led by Claudia Knab-Vispo of the HawthorneValley FarmscapeEcology Program. Participation is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia (email hidden; JavaScript is required or 518-672-7994) to reserve a space and to receive directions.

 

 

Town Board Meeting 3/12/19

May 2nd, 2019

Town Board Meeting 3/12/19

Classic American Songbook Jazz at the Church

April 28th, 2019

The Uncertainty Principal, a group of local mostly amateur musicians who have had solid careers outside of music, returns to this music series by popular demand.  With one exception, these players are just learning to improvise, hence the ‘uncertainty’ but they will certainly provide the audience with an entertaining afternoon.

“The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the most we can hope for is to calculate probabilities for where things are and how they will behave. Unlike Isaac Newton’s clockwork universe, where everything follows clear-cut laws on how to move and prediction is easy if you know the starting conditions, the uncertainty principle enshrines a level of fuzziness into quantum theory.” – Alok Jha, The Guardian on A Short History of Equations.

Sunday, April 28, 4 pm

Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale

State Highway 23 and State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

 

Master Gardener Tim Kennelty at Library

April 28th, 2019

Tim Kennelty, Master Gardener, Discusses the Problems Posed by Invasive Plants and their Solutions at Roe Jan Library on Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm.

Master gardener and naturalist Tim Kennelty will discuss invasive plants in our region and how we can help protect our environment from them. Invasive species have become a major environmental problem, as they outcompete and displace native vegetation and damage local habitats by reducing biodiversity. Learn about the problems caused by invasive plants, which species are invasive, and how to identify and manage them in the landscape. The top local invasive plant species will be covered, as well as where to report invasive species populations, and how to get involved in local volunteer projects.

Tim Kennelty is a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist through Cornell Cooperative Extension and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Land Conservancy. He has gardened in Columbia County for more than 25 years and has developed a passion for preserving native species and combating exotic invasive plants. He has been involved in a multi-year habitat restoration project at the Siegel-Kline Kill public conservation area in Ghent, New York.

 

Spring Flower Walk

April 28th, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 10 am-12 noon:
Floodplain Forest on private land along Kinderhook Creek in Chatham Center

Saturday, May 4, 8-10 am:
Phudd Hill and Floodplain Forest on Hawthorne Valley Farm (this is the day of the May Celebration at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School–plan to stay after the walk to watch the students dance around the maypole!)

Saturday, May 18, 10 am-1 pm:
Beebe State Forest (No-Bottom-Pond), Austerlitz

Saturday, June 1, 10 am-1 pm:
Taconic State Park (Cedar Brook), Copake Falls

These walks are led by Claudia Knab-Vispo of the HawthorneValley FarmscapeEcology Program. Participation is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia (email hidden; JavaScript is required or 518-672-7994) to reserve a space and to receive directions.

 

 

ZBA Meeting Minutes 4/2/19

April 16th, 2019

ZBA Meeting Minutes 4/2/19

Hidden History of the Roe Jan Region at RJHS

April 14th, 2019

In advance of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society’s Summer Exhibit, The Hidden History of the Roe Jan Region, Jon Strom will provide a preview of how seemingly unrelated topics like maps, lawlessness and prizefighting coalesced to literally shape the history and geography of the area.

As part of this hidden history, learn why the triangular piece of land originally called Boston Corner became a “city of refuge” for criminals fleeing the reach of the law, and how a long narrow tract of land, known as The Oblong, abolished slavery nearly 100 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.