Newburghers: Don’t Miss This!

Newburghers Should Not Miss This!

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and SENATOR WILLIAM J. LARKIN, JR. invite YOU to


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2-5 pm, Wed., September 18, 2013

Fresh Start Café

280 Broadway

Newburgh, New York 

Save the Cliffs!

Millions of people riding the Amtrak or Metro North’s Hudson River Line have gazed up at the Palisades, those sheer cliffs on the west side of the river just north of New York City. But have you ever hiked it from top to bottom, and then back up again?

Well, you should. Tim and i did it last year and found it to be one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes ever. Of course, there are some scary descents, but they’re not as bad as they look from the 8:07 from Beacon! In fact, despite what you would bet your life on while looking up at those cliffs from Yonkers, there’s no technical climbing at all. That’s right: No ropes needed! You  can park at a lovely parking area/restaurant with great hiking-related guidebooks and gear for sale, and following the blazed trails, you can do the entire down-and-up trip in less than 5 hours. Go to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website at, click on “Find a Hike,” click on “strenuous” and then scroll down to “Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop” for complete directions. But MEANWHILE… that view — that magnificent view of the cliffs from New York — could soon be wrecked by the building on top of those cliffs of the headquarters of LG Electronics. (Never heard of them, you say? Look again at the logo on the front of your Verizon cellphone. In millions upon millions of cases, it will say “LG.” That’s them.)

Trying to stop LG from erecting a huge corporate structure there is the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, Scenic Hudson, and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. The latter is a group i’d never heard of until, half-way down the cliffs on our Palisades hike, Tim and i saw a turnoff for a small, castle-like stone building about 1/4 mile off the trail. It is a very cool place to visit, with great views (but of course, just about every step of that hike has great views.)  That little “castle,” which you can’t see from the river or even from the trail, was built to honor the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs (

Ayway, here’s the thing: If not for these organizations filing an appeal to a recent court decision, LG would be able to just go ahead and erect their huge headquarters atop the most beautiful site in our region. Pray that their appeal wins, and that these beautiful, ancient cliffs go unmolested.  Below is a snippet from the Aug. 28 issue of  Law360:


Groups To Appeal NJ Decision For LG Headquarters Building

By Martin Bricketto

Law360, New York (August 28, 2013, 7:16 PM ET) — Scenic Hudson Inc. and other parties are moving forward with their challenge to a ruling that upheld the approval of LG Electronics USA Inc.’s planned North American headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., which they frame as a threat to the Palisades region along the Hudson River.

On Tuesday, Scenic Hudson, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and two members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference filed a notice of appeal over the Aug. 9 decision from Bergen County Superior Court Judge …

Blood on my Hands

Got up this morning and tried to wash the blood off my hands.

Not working.

My neighbor Angel Calderon was attacked at 1 a.m. in his own house, where he was sitting watching TV with his dog (forgot to ask what show), when a guy Angel describes as a 6-foot-tall black man, “strongly built,” burst into his livingroom. Apparently he had come in through a window in the back of the house; Angel lives alone on the first floor. The guy punched him till his whole head and face were bleeding, but Angel managed to run out the front door and start yelling for help. That’s when Tim and i, who were engrossed in a DVD of Season II of “Downton Abbey,” heard him and came running outside. Angel was already standing at the foot of the porch of our neighbor Elizabeth Holpuch’s house, and Elizabeth was already on her cellphone with the cops.

Dear God, it seemed like she was talking to them for an eternity. i heard her describing his wounds in some detail, and relaying questions to him (“Did you get a good look at him, Angel? Did he have a gun?” etc.) and telling him to sit down, put a “cold compress” on his head, etc. i ran back home to get a roll of paper towels (brand-new; it happens we’d just bought it yesterday) and a pan of water and a can of spray-on Bactine as if it were a mosquito bite. i ran back and started mopping off his head, which was dripping, dripping, dripping with blood, all down his face and shirt and down onto his shorts and socks. That’s all he was wearing. i’d used up the whole roll of paper towels, and half a 6-quart pan of cold water, before the cops arrived some 20 minutes later. Then it took another 10 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, though the police dispatcher had told Elizabeth that he was calling for one while she was still on the phone. Anyway help did finally arrive.

Angel used my cellphone to call his sister in the Town of Newburgh, and when the EMTs had finished bandaging him up the best they could and the sister had arrived, Tim and i felt he was in good hands and went back home. We figured he’d be in St. Luke’s Hospital today. But just now i ran into Elizabeth and she said St. Luke’s had sent him to Westchester because the contusion inside his ear needed stitches that St. Luke’s couldn’t provide.

Let us pray. And let us wonder if there isn’t blood on the hands of us all, for our failure to demand and produce a safer city for all the Angels among us.