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Beacon Voices

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An Interview With Mayor Gold (Part 2)

In part two of our interview with Steve Gold, the mayor discusses economic development, the recreation department, school taxes and future development on the City’s waterfront.

Beacon Voices: Florence Northcutt—The Howland’s Maître d’

Interview and photos by Jeffery Battersby The first person to greet me when I walk through the door of the Howland Cultural Center isn’t actually a person at all; he’s a dog. Florence Northcutt’s amiable bulldog Major who, moments earlier, had been lying on his bed in a corner of the Center enjoying the warm, […]

Beacon Voices: Michael Benzer and Jennifer Smith

by Ellen Timmer ET: This facility is pretty impressive. Can you tell me what you do here? MB: We make glass for Hudson Beach Glass, as well as for Architectural Glass and Beacon Glass Works. The products that we make under the Hudson Beach Glass name are some of the products at the firehouse gallery […]

Beacon Voices: Michelle Rhone-Collins

Community Builder by Nell Timmer On a beautiful, early fall day I sat down in the playground of the Beacon Community Center to talk with Michelle Rhone-Collins, the new director, about the past, present and future of the center. ET: So, you are the new director of the Beacon Community Center. What is this place? […]

Beacon Voices: Kamal Alassal

by Kate Fraher Kamal Alassal, proprietor of Dr. K Imported Car Service & Repair, is a local mechanic who came to Beacon from Lebanon, by way of Manhattan and Briarcliff. He stepped away from his work on a 1971 Maserati to talk about his business, the growth of Beacon, and war in Lebanon. Sphere: Related […]

Beacon Voices: Jim Eve

by Jack Sine While everyone knows about the growth of the arts community in Beacon, few are aware that the art of the written word also flourishes here, thanks mainly to the efforts of one man – Jim Eve. Jim has a long background in poetry having honed his poetic skills at the Second Sunday […]

Beacon Voices: Dan Fisherman, “Grease Monkey”

by Michael Daecher With gas prices hovering around $3 per gallon, many people are wondering how they can save money at the pump. Dan Fisherman, computer programmer and teacher of math and science at the Randolph School, has found an interesting way to get around that. He converted his car engine to run on vegetable […]

Beacon Voices: Irina Mozyleva, Opera Singer

by Michael Daecher The first time I saw Irina Mozyleva sing was a few years ago at the Alagash coffee house on Main Street here in Beacon. A friend and I saw her perform a recital of traditional Russian folk songs for an audience of about 25-30 people. I could fit the amount I know […]

Beacon Voices: Abdullah Wajid, Imam

by Michael Daecher Sitting on Main Street, across from the post office, is Beacon’s Masjid Ar Rasheed Islamic Teaching Center. The building serves as a community center and mosque for about 200 Muslim families in town. You may not have noticed the mosque itself on Main Street, but you may have heard the distinctive call […]

Beacon Voices: Mr. Albert Bell, Barber

by Michael Daecher The tv was tuned into the Iowa / Minnesota football game on a sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-November. Iowa was killing, but few of the customers seemed to notice. Above the tv a hand-written sign quoted the Bible, “In all these ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thee” and signed photos […]

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