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Attorneys for Karolys, Saugerties square off in State Supreme Court over C&D dumps

Attorneys for Karolys, Saugerties square off in State Supreme Court over C&D dumps

In the third session of a state Supreme Court hearing on the matter of alleged illegal C&D material dumping, Saugerties resident Joe Karolys’ counsel argued on Monday, August 21 that samples of construction and demolition material on his client’s property taken by state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel indicating the presence of pesticides and heavy metals such as mercury were false, and that media attention vilifying his client as a “polluter” had irreparably damaged his business.

Saugerties gets a new psychic

Saugerties gets a new psychic

Who would have predicted that a psychic would set up shop in the village of Saugerties? Boasting a 99 percent rate of accuracy in its window, the storefront is catching with bold flowers surrounding a serene, long-earlobed bronze Buddha, backed by cascading curtains and beads. Keeping the Buddha company are the likenesses of angels, a smaller Buddha iteration, Lord of the Rings-themed tarot cards and the phrase “Reuniting Lovers Readings.”

Saugerties businesses in it for the long haul

Saugerties businesses in it for the long haul

The famous and successful Elda Zulick of Grist Mill Reality and I spent a recent afternoon chatting about the changing face of Saugerties, now decorated with Dancing Tulips, Happy Paws, Love Bites and Diamond Mills. Some longstanding businesses that have endured the changing times are still with us.

Saugerties couple with Glasco dojo bonded through martial arts

Saugerties couple with Glasco dojo bonded through martial arts

Ellie Leffler, a lithe pre-teen with wild curly brown hair, moves with poise and distinction beyond that of the typical 12-year-old. Running through a “kata” — a Japanese word for a choreographed series of blocks and offensive movements — her form is perfect and her mind, it appears, is blank or elsewhere. She exemplifies “mushin,” a Japanese word for “no mind” that describes the ideal, reflexive way in which a kata is performed once it has been rooted in a student’s muscle memory.

Bakery brings back the past(ry)

Bakery brings back the past(ry)

Although other Saugerties bakeries undoubtedly put out some great goods, the loss of Lachmann’s Pastries in 1999 after a 60-year presence on Main Street left a gaping hole in the town’s palette. Until this year, when Drew and Bridgette Pineiro set up shop in Barclay Heights to revitalize Ralph Lachmann’s previously retired recipes.