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"Spirituality and the Environment" exploration continues

Buddhist and Islamic Perspective, Thurs, 9/15, 7pm at CEIE


Thurs, Sept 15, 7pm at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE), Bonnie Myotai Treace, founder and head Sensei of Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society in Garrison, NY, and Faraz Khan, a Senior Environmentalist with the NJ DEP and Muslim Chaplain at Rutgers University will explore the similarities and differences between the ways Buddhist and Islamic traditions relate to environmental challenges. Beacon Institute's John Cronin will moderate the panel discussion, the second in a series of two. Please register online.









Beacon Institute Center for Environmental Innovation and Education

2011 Calendar of Events

Beacon Institute has an exciting calendar of engaging events that includes a whole new season of "Third Thursdays at CEIE",our Denning's Point Walk & Talk series, the Sunday Author Series and more. See events calendar…


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NEW! Denning's Point Musing #13 -- Simultaneous goings-on in Denning's Point's glory days by Jim Heron, Beacon Institute historian


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Beacon incorporated as a city in 1913, amalgamating the two villages as well as a small portion of the hamlet of Glenham from the town of Fishkill.
During the 1960s, urban renewal led to the destruction of some significant historic buildings. In the late 1970s, the Dutchess Ski area, which had been a large tourist attraction, was closed. Also in the 1970s, a decline in the economy shuttered most of the factories. This decline quickly became a severe and ongoing economic downturn that lasted from about 1970 to the late 1990s, during which almost 80 percent of the city's commercial business spaces and factories were vacant.
Starting in the late 1990s, with the opening of one of the world's largest contemporary art museums Dia: Beacon, Beacon began an artistic and commercial rebirth. New development continues to enlarge the city. Currently, the two largest planned projects are a waterfront hotel and conference center, and "The Rivers and Estuaries Center" on Dennings Point.


While Beacon may not be large, many businesses do call Beacon home. A wide variety of restaurants, salons, spas, chiropractors, hotels and motels are located in and around the town. Many other local businesses can be found at the website.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), of which 4.8 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) is water. The total area is 2.25% water.
Located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Beacon is noted for its proximity to numerous historic sites and large cities. It is located minutes away from Bannerman's Castle and West Point. Beacon also sits with the famous Mount Beacon as its backdrop and the Hudson River as its front door. The city also is located across the river from its larger sister city, Newburgh. Beacon is just 20 minutes south of the Hudson Valley Region Capital City, Poughkeepsie. In addition,a quick search shows Danbury, Connecticut located to the east and New York City is to the south.


Beacon NY retains much of the historic small town charm. While other places have grown and lost that small town charm, Beacon can be a refreshing change for those coming to visit - or even thinking about moving to - the town. Learn more about living in Beacon.