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#10:May 2005

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BACA Brings Beacon Together

Cooperation of arts and business attracts visitors to Beacon by Jack Sine The Beacon Arts Community Association (better known as BACA) began, oddly enough, as the result of a trip to Philadelphia to take in a rock concert. “A friend of mine and I had tickets to a Martin Sexton concert on Saturday May 7th […]

Beacon Voices: Sal Cumella, President, Dorel Hat Company

by Michael Daecher This month, the Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA) is sponsoring the Beacon Hat Parade, a celebration of Beacon’s heritage as the hat making capital of the Northeast. The Grand Marshall for the parade will be Sal Cumella, owner of the last hat factory in Beacon, the Dorel Hat Company. The factory is […]

The Red Hat Society Gets Their Groove On

Social club gives the middle age mindset a swift kick in the shins (and laughs about it too!) by Jeff Battersby When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. – from “Warning” by Jenny Joseph You’ve no doubt seen the “Red Hats”—groups […]

City Sewer Lines Pooped

Aging infrastructure causing problems for area residents by Jennifer Sipple Over the past few years, Beacon residents George Mansfield and KazumiTanaka’s many encounters with city sewage in their home has made them Beacon’s poster children for sewage run amuck. The problem has haunted the homeowners since early 2002. It was then that sewage-laden water first […]

Editorial: Find Your Inner Milliner

You may detect a theme running through this issue: hats. And not just any kind of hats. The kind of headwear we’re celebrating in the Beacon Hat Parade and in our profile of the owner of the last hat factory in Beacon are seen less and less in public these days. You’d probably see the […]

Dancing Queen

Valerie Feit’s Ballet Arts Primes the Pump for Professional Ballet by Gina Masullo It’s a perfectly sunny April Saturday, and clusters of young girls are standing on the hilly lawn outside the Ballet Arts Studio on a residential strip of Teller Avenue. They’re wearing black leotards and pale pink tights and posing for camera-wielding parents. […]

Letter to the Editor: Howland Library Cost Too Expensive

The “response to the community” by the Howland Library was wholly inadequate. At almost 11 million dollars the cost of the library project remains excessive. It is out of line with what other area libraries have accomplished or will accomplish using far less taxpayer money. The Library seems proud that this project is being proposed […]


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