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Beacon Pantry:  Beacon’s Answer to Adams Fairacre Farms.

Last week I had the chance to talk to Stacey Penlon, the owner of Beacon’s newest speciality food store: Beacon Pantry. Specializing in cheese and charcuterie of all varieties Beacon Pantry also doubles as market selling high quality good’s from pasta to chocolate, locally sourced dairy products, and even frozen food. All items have been hand picked and personally curated by Mrs. Penlon and almost everything in store can be sampled free of charge. Trying to get to the heart of this newly minted and delightful enterprise I walked over and interviewed Mrs. Penlon who told me about her interests and how her untimely departure from finance led to her rediscovery of her passion for food.

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Monody to the Sound of Zithers by Kay Boyle

I have wanted other things more than lovers …
I have desired peace, intimately to know
The secret curves of deep-bosomed contentment,
To learn by heart things beautiful and slow.
Cities at night, and cloudful skies, I’ve wanted; 
And open cottage doors, old colors and smells a part;
All dim things, layers of river-mist on river—
To capture Beauty’s hands and lay them on my heart.
I have wanted clean rain to kiss my eyelids,
Sea-spray and silver foam to kiss my mouth. 
I have wanted strong winds to flay me with passion;
And, to soothe me, tired winds from the south.
These things have I wanted more than lovers…
Jewels in my hands, and dew on morning grass—
Familiar things, while lovers have been strangers. 
Friended thus, I have let nothing pass.

St. Patrick’s Day 2014: Why Isn’t Beacon Celebrating St. Patty’s?


source Flickr via hilary.ryland

It’s not really like me to rant. I hate pointing fingers, and I usually like to keep all my negative lunacies to myself and out the public spotlight where they belong, but this time I don’t think I’ll be able to hold back.

This time, my own town of Beacon, NY, with the exception of one or two locations has completely let me down.

With the exception of four bars, Max’s, Stinsons, Joe’s, (which is an Irish pub), thank god, and the Barking Frog, there will be no other bars open on St. Patty’s Day!

What the in hell Beacon? Shame! Shame! Shame!

When compared with the businesses listed down below on the second part of this article I think that the owners of these following bars deserve a parade in their honor, and they didn’t even do that much!

If this is what happens in Beacon during St. Patty’s Day then from now on I’ll take my money and find a party elsewhere. Perhaps I’ll spend it in the city where I can stumble drunkenly through pools of my own vomit in ecstatic bliss knowing that my ginger, fire-crotched Irish brethren and I can celebrate our traditional holidays properly: piss drunk, singing, and spending time with my friends and family! 

The following is a list of bars who deserve all the praise in the world, and then some bars that need to get their shit together. 

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Scathing Federal Review of Metro-North

Matt Flegenheimer of the NY Times reviewed a US government review of the safety and management policies of the MTA’s Metro-North Railroad and various statements made, and the findings are not good:

The Metro-North Railroad has fallen prey to a “deficient safety culture” that prizes on-time performance at the expense of protecting riders and workers, according to a blistering federal review that was ordered after a spate of rail disasters.

The review, from the Federal Railroad Administration, found that the commuter railroad’s operations control center pressured workers “to rush when responding to signal failures,” and that workers struggled to secure the track time needed to perform essential repairs.

Even policies as pedestrian as the use of cellphones have created dangers: Amid confusion about the rules, cellphone use is “commonplace and accepted” among track workers on the job.

The inquiry, known as Operation Deep Dive, was prompted by the fatal derailment on Dec. 1 of a Hudson line train in the Bronx; it killed four passengers and injured more than 70 others. But the scope of the analysis was far-reaching — no passenger railroad has ever been the subject of such an investigation of its safety culture — and its conclusions were withering for a system that was, less than a year ago, considered one of the nation’s most dependable.

The engineer, William Rockefeller, was traveling 82 miles per hour approaching a curve.CreditEric Thayer/Reuters

“The findings of Operation Deep Dive demonstrate that Metro-North has emphasized on-time performance to the detriment of safe operations and adequate maintenance of its infrastructure,” said the report, which is to be released on Friday.

“This is a severe assessment,” it continued, “and it is intended as an urgent call to action to Metro-North’s leadership.”

In recent months, Metro-North’s president has stepped down (see Howard Permut, Metro-North President, Is Stepping Down), and Joseph Giulietti has replaced him. But there are on-going problems at Metro-North,  as well as the disruptions caused by instilling a more safety-first discipline at the railroad.

Just a few weeks ago there was a totally unnecessary disruption of service when it was decided to perform routine maintenance during rush hour, which led to computers that control train movement at Grand Central Station being shut down (see Metro-North’s Thursday Night Delays Caused By Stupidity). 

We should expect things to remain unstable at Metro-North for a good long while.