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#15: October 2005

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Federal Investigation of BPD Continues

City Officials Disagree on Next Steps by Michael Daecher Responding to a preliminary report from the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Beacon Police Department claims it is complying with recommendations to improve its policies and procedures, but city officials are at odds about who is ultimately responsible for making the changes permanent. (See BPD response […]

How the City Responded to the DoJ Report

To get a better idea how the BPD response compares to the federal recommendations , and why funding and staffing issues are raised, it helps to look at the specifics. The Justice Department’s report contains 19 specific recommendations focused on six main areas: Policies and Procedures Use of Force Vehicle Pursuits / Roadblocks Public Complaint […]

Your City, Your Valley, Your Future

Vandalism at several Beacon Parks leaves Scenic Hudson scratching their heads by Jeffery Battersby According to Scenic Hudson’s Jay Levine, it didn’t take long for the vandalism to start at the group’s new Gateway to Mount Beacon Park. In fact, it was within days of the park’s opening in early June. “As best as we […]

Master Plan Update

The process of revising Beacon’s aging infrastructure plan moves ahead by Sara Pasti On May 18, 2005, a “Kick-Off” Meeting for the Comprehensive Review Committee was held, launching the process for a comprehensive master plan update for the City of Beacon. Committee members appointed by the Mayor and City Council include Mayor Clara Lou Gould, […]

Under Pressure? Recent Mountain Lane fire raises concerns for local residents

by  Karen Maserjian Shan While walking his dog about two months ago, Gerry Bell smelled smoke. Then he heard the clang of fire engines racing to a fire. By the time he reached his home on East Main Street, he realized the fire was at a home where East Main Street meets Mountain Lane, just […]

Highland Wanderer: Bull Hill via the Nelsonville—Washburn—Underhill Loop

Difficulty: ModerateAppx Distance/Time: 4 miles/4 hoursTrail Markers: Y, G, W, YHike Type: LoopTechnical Challenge: ModerateLow/High Points: 200’, 1350’Of Note: Views of Manhattan, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Catskills, Shawangunks, and the Hudson Fall brings thousands of hikers to the Hudson Valley to enjoy the beautiful foliage, crisp air, and views unhindered by the haze of humidity. Many of […]


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