Michael Turton

A number of stories I have written over the past year have a special resonance that I’d like to share. The Listening Room Returns  
The pre-Christmas gathering hosted by Philipstown. info’s at its space at 69 Main Street was, on one level, simply about people getting together to enjoy really good, live music. They certainly happened, as a standing-room-only crowd came together on short notice thanks to the efforts of Cold Spring’s “Mr. Music,” Ken Veltz, creator of The Listening Room. But the event also teased at an issue vital to Cold Spring’s economic future – how to create a more vibrant Main Street.

Michael Mell

When Gordon Stewart first broached the idea of Philipstown.info to me and asked me to be editor, I thought I knew what it was going to be: a directory of services with a little local color that would occupy me for a couple of hours a day during the week. How mistaken I was for it quickly has become an active, 24/7/365 source for news and events in Philipstown as well as the surrounding area and it occupies many more hours of my day at a greater variety of times during the day than I could have imagined. I don’t say this to complain but to express my constant wonder at all that goes on in our corner of the world. Global events and issues manifest themselves here and local issues reflect the world at large. Over the past six months I have learned more about all aspects of Philipstown than I thought possible.

Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong

On the local government beat, the last six months of 2010 and first six months of Philipstown.info’s existence involved issues ranging from budget crunching, rezoning, and infrastructure demands to clashes over siren tests and waterfront lights, accusations from Lyndon LaRouche fans who likened President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and the disruption to Main Street from both an old cannonball and year-end blizzard. Then there was the ongoing argument over Cold Spring Village board agendas and whether or not a mayor should take notes at informal meetings. Through successive drafts, the Town of Philipstown continued to tweak its proposed rezoning, producing yet another version in late November that added a new land-use overlay to cover historically important estates. Both village and town boards juggled the problems of limited economic resources and daunting demands. The town ended up with a fiscal 2011 budget, taking effect on Saturday, smaller than last year’s, though individual residents might see higher tax bills, thanks to fall-offs in town revenues.

Gordon Stewart

If each of us got only one line to sum up our first six months, mine would be: Funny how the simplest ideas take the hardest work to carry out. The good news is that an e-paper doesn’t have such tough space limits. We can cover just about everything that happens in Philipstown in whatever depth and at whatever length necessary. In fact, most of our readers are finding far more than they can take in at any one viewing. Some even think we give them too much!

Alison Rooney

Six months old.  Funny how similar the six-month-old Philipstown.info feels to a six-month-old baby: flushed with excitement about sitting up, balancing and staying upright— albeit with a few wobbles; grabbing at what’s just beyond reach and most of the time getting it; a torrent of sounds and grins. A nice age to be; a place on the planet newly but fully staked. When I was shown the nascent website for the first time, a day or two before it was revealed to the public, my first reaction was immediate: finally, a reflection of the place I live in and the people who choose to make it home. People whose great-grandparents lived here too, and people whose moving vans just unloaded last week. What constantly amazes me, but not really, is how such a small little patch of geography can yield so many interesting things to cover.  Running out of ideas is emphatically not an occupational hazard as the Arts/Leisure/People editor.