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Jun 30, 2011 12:10 am
Hudson street stories
Hudson is making it easier to park in town on the weekends this summer, but perhaps more difficult for anyone with several parking tickets. Hudson Common Council President Don Moore announced Thursday that the City of Hudson is suspending alternate side of the street parking regulations on weekends from 8 p.m. Fridays to 8 p.m. Sundays beginning July 1 and lasting until October 31, 2011. Moore says that since the reason for alternate side parking is to clean the streets, and since the city does not clean the streets in the summer on weekends, why not eliminate the regulation. In the winter months, crews often do plow on weekends, so the policy will be revisted after Election Day. Thursday at 4 p.m. Hudson holds a public hearing to consider a new law, "authorizing the installation of a boot security device on vehicles with unpaid parking tickets."

Police, city dispute pay for snow day
Jamie Larson in the Register-Star reports that the city of Hudson and the Hudson Police Department are in arbitration to settle a contractual dispute over pay for two snowy winter days in December. "On December 27, 2010, a county-issued winter weather state of emergency resulted in the closing of City Hall and a day off for “nonessential” city employees. The same situation occurred on February 2 of this year, during a Columbia County-issued snow emergency. HPD officers did not receive either day off, and now they would like to be compensated two additional days worth of pay for working on days other city employees had off," Larson writes. Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera does not agree; hence the arbitration. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

Berkshire Taconic awards Hudson Opera House $10,000
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced Wed., June 29 that it is awarding the Hudson Opera House $10,000 as part of its Berkshire Taconic Capitalization Initiative to address the economic challenges facing arts and cultural organizations. The Opera House also gets to work with the consulting firm TDC to create long term strategic financial plans (valued at $43,000) that, "link the organization’s mission to the realities of the environment." “The Capitalization Award comes at a vital moment for the Hudson Opera House,” said Opera House CEO Gary Shiro. “Despite some funding reductions, we have successfully expanded our programs and are poised for our greatest leap yet as we finish the restoration and move toward opening the second floor auditorium. I know the expert guidance that will come our way through this award will help insure that HOH is an arts center that is sustainable for the long term.”

DEC alters Hudson River baitfish rules
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Wed., June 29 changes to state regulations that formerly banned the overland transport of uncertified baitfish by anglers, including baitfish that were personally collected. The new rules allow for the overland transport of personally-collected baitfish within three specified transportation corridors, including the Hudson River from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Tappan Zee Bridge. The baitfish must be used in the same water body from which they are collected. New York's current fish health regulations were established shortly after Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) was first confirmed in New York waters in May, 2006 in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. VHS is a disease that causes hemorrhaging of the fish's tissues, including internal organs. There is no known cure for VHS. In June 2007, DEC finalized regulations to help prevent the spread of VHS and other fish diseases into New York's inland waters. See the new rules on the DEC's website.

Empire State Baseball League
13U Coxsackie Owlz 12 - N. Colonie Shakers 2
The 13U Coxsackie Owlz (9-1, 11-3) beat the N.Colonie Shakers 12-2 Tue., June 28. Caleb Davies went 3-4 with a two-run double. Also for the Owlz, Seaver Martin went 2-4 with an RBI double. Zach Girvin pitched his fourth win, giving up two runs on one hit, five walks with five strike outs.
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