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Aug 08, 2011 2:37 am
Williamsburg on the Hudson
Peter Applebome in The New York Times wrote a large story about former New York City residents now populating the Hudson Valley. One section of the story has caused considerable snarky Twittering and Facebook posting throughout the Hudson Valley:
"There is a parlor game people sometimes play, comparing Hudson Valley towns with New York neighborhoods, said Sari Botton, a freelance writer in Rosendale. For instance, Rhinebeck might be the Upper East Side, Woodstock the West Village, New Paltz the Upper West Side, Beacon the East Village, Rosendale and High Falls different parts of Williamsburg. Tivoli could be compared to Greenpoint, Hudson to Chelsea, Catskill to Bushwick, Kingston to a mix of Fort Greene and Carroll Gardens."
Among all the internet chatter, the blog Gawker went after Hudson's Melissa Auf der Maur, of Basilica Hudson, in particular:
"Towns like Hudson offer 'the feel of SoHo decades ago,' as former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur describes it. Auf der Maur is from Montreal and too young to have experienced SoHo in its heyday, but perhaps she just knows. More from Auf der Maur: 'There's the sense that it's manageable, it's beautiful, it has infrastructure that can inspire you and facilitate your needs and get you to feel like you're part of a moment of discovery.' You can have still have moments of discovery in Williamsburg, but they're expensive and someone drunk will probably puke on your shoes at some point."
Read the full story in The New York Times.

Greene goners
Dick May, on his "Seeing Greene" blog, uses the occasion of Cairo-Durham schools Superintendent Sally Sharkey's departure to compare salaries of Greene County school chiefs.
"According to State Department of Education figures... [Sharkey's] salary of $135,523 plus a benefits package valued at $41,127 is second-lowest among GreeneLand school superintendents. The lowest salary goes to the superintendent in the smallest (in population) district: Hunter-Tannersville, at $126,838 plus a benefits package valued at $42,244. The other figures are $138,030 plus $59,760 (Windham-Ashland-Jewett—and that benefits packages is the fattest of the six); $140,057 plus $34,316 (Greenville); $143,000 plus $10,940 (Coxsackie-Athens, and a remarkably small benefits package); and $162,081 plus $44,729 (Catskill)."
Read the entire post at Seeing Greene.

Ex-NY Gov. Hugh Carey dies at 92
The Daily Freeman reports that former New York Gov. Hugh Carey died Sunday. He was 92. "Declaring that the days of wine and roses were over, Governor Carey looked to statesmanship and compromise, rather than partisanship or parochialism, to get the state's fiscal house in order," current Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "He called for shared sacrifice and asked all New Yorkers to come together. New Yorkers across the state heard the governor's call to action, followed his lead, and the ship was righted." The Democrat Carey served two terms as governor from 1975 to 1982, after seven terms as a congressman from Brooklyn. He may be best known for launching the "I Love New York" ad campaign during his years in office. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

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A Very Incomplete Calendar: 20110808
Produced by Terry Doyle. This is a segment from Doyle's weekly show on WGXC, "Imprint," which looks at Hudson Valley music Sundays at 11 p.m. This is a calendar of musical events this week in the Hudson Valley. PLAY CLIP
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