Year in Review 2013: Top News Stories and Events in the Hudson Valley in 2013

The good, the bad, and the truly bizarre: As 2013 draws to a close, we recall some of the people and events that sparked headlines in the Valley this year



Like most years, 2013 has had its ups and downs. Here in the Valley, we’ve had good news (the opening of new stores, restaurants, and breweries), bad news (layoffs, fracking woes), and downright weird news (a massive noggin drifts up the Hudson).

retail group of america new stores

Retail Group of America Opens 22 New European Stores in Local Malls

Shopping spree: European fashion brands invade our malls
bocuse restaurant

The Bocuse Restaurant Opens in Hyde Park

The Culinary Institute of America reinvents the French dining scene with the opening of its latest eatery
marist radio

Marist College, ESPN, and WGNY Launch New Sports Program “The Classroom”

Sports radio, college-style
walkway

Walkway Over the Hudson State Park Builds Elevator, Launches Mobile Web Tour, and Connects Dutchess County Rail Trail

The Walkway continues to wow
fdr library

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library Renovation

Roosevelt Library gets a face-lift
ed diana

Edward Diana Retires as County Executive for Orange County

After 12 years at the helm of Orange County, the local politician retires due to health issues
jimmy fallon

Jimmy Fallon, Saugerties Native, Promoted to the Tonight Show

Funny man: Jimmy Fallon takes over as host of the Tonight Show in February 2014
mark cooper

WPDH (101.5FM) Radio Deejay Mark Cooper Passes Away

Longtime DJ Mark Cooper dies
marist head

Giant Head Found Floating in the Hudson River; Recovered by Marist Crew Team

Heads up: A seven-foot-tall Styrofoam head sculpture has locals doing a double take
beer

Craft Brewing in the Hudson Valley Booms

The craft brewing industry goes into overdrive
towne crier

Towne Crier Cafe Relocates to Beacon

The iconic live music venue says goodbye to Pawling and hello to Beacon
fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Banned in Several Hudson Valley Towns — For Now

No fracking way: Drilling gets the thumbs-down
ibm

IBM Announces Global Workforce Reduction, Lays Off 697 Dutchess County Employees

More layoffs are headed to IBM’s Dutchess County facilities
yankees at west point

New York Yankees Play Exhibition Game at West Point on March 30, 2013

Put me in, coach: The Bronx Bombers and Army Black Knights revive an 86-year-old tradition
joann nichols murder

Joann Nichols Murder Mystery Solved After 28 Years

An ice-cold case solved: The remains of a 55-year-old school teacher are finally found

 

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