Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Right around lunchtime in Uptown, you’re likely to bump into Commissioner of Jurors Paul T. O’Neill.  You’re always in for a rosy exchange of pleasant schmooze, clever wit and perhaps some smart snark if you’re so inclined. O’Neill is seamlessly...
Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

It’s Friday night at the Hudson Valley Mall’s food court. There’s a dozen teenagers sprawled out at the tables, laughing, cursing loudly and even roughhousing with one another. Shopping-fatigued mothers cover the ears of their toddlers dozing in the strollers...
The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

Each day, thousands of tons of freight rolls through densely populated areas of Kingston and the Town of Ulster on CSX’s railroad tracks. An unknown, but likely increasing, proportion of the cargo is highly flammable, toxic or both. While most...
Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Lifelong Kingstonian Richard Cahill has spent half a lifetime investigating a dead subject: the 1932 kidnapping and killing of 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Recently, the attorney, ex-alderman and two-time mayoral candidate published his...
Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

The Kingston Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee has signed off on a $3.3 million effort to fix the Washington Avenue sinkhole once and for all. The 4-1 vote came after a public meeting Monday night in the Council Chambers...
Kilty by association: Shamrock Run to include world-record attempt

Kilty by association: Shamrock Run to include world-record attempt

Don’t be startled if you at some point next month see a mass of men and women in skirts and sneakers bolting down Broadway with numbers on their chests. Wait a minute. They’re! Not! skirts! as any properly pleated, plaid-donning Celt...
Wine, the universe and everything

Wine, the universe and everything

A few months ago, Michael Drapkin and his wife, Theresa, bought the former Madden’s Fine Wines & Spirits on lower Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout and renamed it the Kingston Wine Co. The store, located in a handsome 19th-century storefront, officially...
NY SAFE, a year later

NY SAFE, a year later

One year after state lawmakers, urged on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, passed one of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws, impacts from the NY SAFE Act continue to reverberate through the state’s courts, legislature, law enforcement and shooting sports community....
Willy’s world

Willy’s world

“Uncle Willy” Guldy has been everyone’s favorite wacky, star-spangled uncle since the ’70s. That’s when he threw himself his annual birthday party and invited every kid in Rosendale to come feast on his birthday cake and ice cream, no forks...
Anybody wanna buy a school? Actually, yes

Anybody wanna buy a school? Actually, yes

The Kingston City School District has received bids on three of their former elementary schools, two of which were shuttered over the past two years as part of a comprehensive redistricting plan which sought to address declining student enrollment. Frank...
Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

It’s freezing. Your car tire blew out and so you had to get a new one so you can get to work, but you had to take that money out of the rent. You’ve been late with the rent a...
Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

(Editor’s note: The KCSD cancelling school on Friday, Jan. 10, means that a day will have to be taken from Memorial Day break.) Winter is only officially a few weeks old, but thanks to an eventful run of weather, the...
‘Farm Hub’ to train new crop of local growers

‘Farm Hub’ to train new crop of local growers

Gill Farm’s sweet corn, for decades a mainstay of summertime meals in the Hudson Valley, is no more. But a nonprofit group is betting that the 1,255-acre tract along the rich bottomlands of the Esopus Creek can nurture something even...
TaxCity: Former IBM site’s owner suing for lower assessment

TaxCity: Former IBM site’s owner suing for lower assessment

The ongoing power struggle between the Town of Ulster and local commercial and light-industrial campus TechCity is still going strong, with the latter recently heading back to court to seek significant assessment reductions for the past three years. With trial...
Lunette lodestar: Ford to have historical display dedicated to him

Lunette lodestar: Ford to have historical display dedicated to him

Edwin Ford will be afforded a high honor indeed for a Kingston city historian — or any Kingstonian — when he is included next spring in the Common Council’s hall of city notables and events depicted in the 23 lunettes...
What’s it gonna be, Kingston? Yes or no?

What’s it gonna be, Kingston? Yes or no?

After years of planning and months of pitching, voters in the Kingston City School District on Tuesday will get the final say on the proposed $137.5 million renovation plan for Kingston High School. An informal poll undertaken by the Kingston...
New Jim Crow here in Kingston?

New Jim Crow here in Kingston?

It’s Friday, one day after Kingston police rounded up 21 alleged drug dealers in “Operation Mop Up” and the first floor of the Ulster County Courthouse on Wall Street is bustling. In the lobby, friends and family members of the...
Kingston’s most soulful street angel

Kingston’s most soulful street angel

Kevin “K” Sampson has been walking the streets of Kingston since he was toddling. He never fails to offer a smile and a wave for anyone willing to receive it. Sampson is most often seen strolling the streets of Uptown,...
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Lyric Blanch gets full scholarship to play basketball for St. Michael’s

Lyric Blanch gets full scholarship to play basketball for St. Michael’s

Lyric Blanch, a 17-year-old senior point guard on Kingston High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team signed a letter of intent this week to continue playing the game at the collegiate level when she moves on to St. Michael’s College in the fall. Blanch will receive a full athletic scholarship to play basketball for the Purple...
Deputy shoots driver after chase

Deputy shoots driver after chase

Law enforcement officials say a wild car chase that began in Marbletown Tuesday night and left car parts scattered on the streets of Kingston ended on Route 28 in Glenford when an Ulster County sheriff’s deputy shot the driver. Authorities Wednesday weren’t releasing many details of the incident, which began around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, April...
Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

The widely expected rematch between Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore for state senate was officially launched at a pizza parlor in midtown Catskill Monday morning. The race is not official until the incumbent officially announces. She will, probably right after the legislature adjourns in mid-June. Attack-dog surrogates will serve up the politics for...
Hugh Reynolds: Absolute suits

Hugh Reynolds: Absolute suits

Ulster’s county comptroller says his authority to audit the finances of any department is, as per the county charter, absolute. In a separate case, the county legislature is claiming its absolute right to hire a county auditor over the county executive’s objections. Other than their claims of absolute authority, these separate situations have something else...
Man charged with murdering own mother

Man charged with murdering own mother

Kingston police have charged a  53-year-old Kingston man with murdering his mother. According to a release posted on the Kingston Police Department’s Facebook page, Mark S. Carpino, 53, is accused of killing his mother, Audrey J. Carpino, 86. According to the release, at about 9:25 Saturday morning, April 5, a routine police patrol was flagged...

‘Suspicious death’ reported on West Chester Street

The Kingston Police Department is investigating what they’re calling a “suspicious death” at a home Saturday morning on West Chester Street, according to a KPD press release posted on their Facebook page. The release stated the victim was “an elderly white female” but did not identify her by name or indicate that a suspect had...
Family House shelter for teens is home of last resort

Family House shelter for teens is home of last resort

Imagine a house constantly filled with teens rolling in and out. How would you manage them? What would their bathroom look like? Family House in Rosendale is often the last safety net before a runaway kid hits the streets. The “safe house” is operated and staffed through Family of Woodstock and licensed by the state...
Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Kingston police and Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright confirmed this week that they’re investigating allegations that an off-duty city cop assaulted a man in an Uptown bar. Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti confirmed an incident took place involving an off-duty KPD officer at the Uptown establishment, but would not confirm the officer’s name or...
Zoë, the muse

Zoë, the muse

Zoë West isn’t like most models. For one thing, she’s about half a foot shorter than what most people consider the minimum height for a fashion magazine manqué. And she takes her coffee with half and half. But neither has stopped the West Saugerties native from carving out a niche, not to mention a career,...
Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Professional administrators from two Hudson Valley communities came to Kingston this week to discuss the benefits and perils of city manager form of government. The event, sponsored by the group KingstonCitizens.org, featured Beacon City Administrator Meredith Robson and Chuck Strome, New Rochelle’s city manager. Event organizer Rebecca Martin said that she planned the event to...

Editorial: Ships, planes and augury

I admit it — I am obsessed with that freaking plane. Aren’t you? It’s a hell of a crazy story, a tale which does at least two things at once. It shatters the illusion that in our Google Earth-world, where the NSA and Big Data are thought to control, or at least have a handle...
James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

The Rev. James B. Childs Jr. has spent two decades trying to knit together diverse communities — from his ongoing effort to build a truly multi-ethnic congregation at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center to his work as a diversity trainer in the corporate world and academia. As the new chairman of RUPCO’s board of...