Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

In the wake of a bottling company’s self-aborted bid to construct a plant in the Town of Ulster and use millions gallons from Kingston’s water supply, city lawmakers say they want to establish new rules to give elected officials more...
KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

It didn’t take long for the KPD’s Sherlock Gnomes to bust a pair of Kingston teens who allegedly stole “numerous” lawn ornaments from city yards. According to the KPD, shortly after midnight on Monday, May 18, they received a report...
Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Kingston has made a comeback as a manufacturing town, albeit on an artisanal small-scale level, producing encaustic paints, pottery wheels and kilns, nut cheeses, cutting boards, quality cabinetry, branded T-shirts, stationery, high-end furniture and other items. Most of these businesses...
KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

Kingston City School District officials said this week the $137.5 million Kingston High School Second Century Capital Plan will have to go five years deeper into the century in order to get the most out of the state aid funding...
Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Over the past three years, Mayor Shayne Gallo has often inveighed against “party elites” and other perceived political enemies he’s variously dubbed “the Politburo” or “the shadow government.” On Saturday, March 7, in a packed room at Tony’s Pizzeria on...
Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Kingston lawmakers have kicked off a discussion on how to curb the use of single-use plastic bags in the city. But, with lawmakers’ proposals ranging from an outright ban to an educational campaign on the bags’ environmental toll, city residents...
Take a spin around Stockade's groove-oriented shops

Take a spin around Stockade’s groove-oriented shops

It’s an unseasonably warm fall Friday in Uptown Kingston and Doug Wygal is about to eat Rick Lange’s lunch. And older gentleman and his wife parked across the street from Wygal’s Rocket Number Nine Records. They’re looking for Lange’s Rhino...
Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Hudson Valley Weather and Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, the region’s two leading do-it-yourself purveyors of forecasts, have merged. Alex Marra, the man behind Hudson Valley Weather, announced this summer that the laid-back-dude voice of Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, Bill Potter of Pine...
From Nieuw Nederland to New York

From Nieuw Nederland to New York

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and...
When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

Accurate descriptions of Kingston’s original stockade, built between 1658 and 1677, have eluded historians for centuries. And no wonder. The definitive 1695 original “Miller map” of the area went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after its creator’s ship...
Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

First in trickles, then in droves, the Dutch (obviously), Germans and Irish first, then the Italians, Poles and many others, came to Kingston. Different people from different places with different cultures and religions settled in ethnic enclaves with their own...
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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The rite time: Ed Levine’s Bar Mitzvah at 93

The rite time: Ed Levine’s Bar Mitzvah at 93

On May 23, at Temple Emanuel on Albany Avenue, former city assessor Ed Levine will become a man. He turned 93 on May 11, 80 years after he came of age as a Jew. “I had the feeling that when I went to temple I wasn’t completely in line with what a temple member was...
FEMA to the rescue?

FEMA to the rescue?

A change in Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines could help Kingston offset the costs of repairing the Washington Avenue sinkhole. The change comes after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Kingston last month to call for FEMA aid to address the sinkhole. The city has already spent about $3 million on the 4-year-old sinkhole. Crews are...
Letters: Sinkhole, the Greenline, Arctic drilling

Letters: Sinkhole, the Greenline, Arctic drilling

A letter to the mayor Mr. Gallo: the sinkhole progress is blocked, so it seems, by a single unknown person for unknown reasons. I guess I might include the editor at this paper, too: what is going on? Mr. Zweben? Noble? DPW? Anyone at all? There is no right of privacy for anyone in such...
Ulster cops rescue dog from parked car, charge owner

Ulster cops rescue dog from parked car, charge owner

A dog trapped in an unventilated car at the Hudson Valley Mall on Sunday, May 17, was rescued by Ulster town police after a tip from an alert passer-by. The owner, 24-year-old Joshua Rivera of Palenville, was arrested and charged with confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle during extreme temperatures, a violation under New York...
Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe’s solo exhibition of encaustic-painted wall pieces and sculptures at the gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, entitled “Encaustic/Form II,” has its roots in the Minimalist art of the 1960s. She employs Minimalism’s rigor of form and its use of the grid, but the playfulness, wit and rich pictorial associations of her work express...
Hugh Reynolds: Unconditional condition

Hugh Reynolds: Unconditional condition

  Last month the Ulster County Legislature passed a resolution to appoint a study committee of legislators on the future of the county-owned railroad corridor from Kingston to Highmount. A Nov. 30 deadline was approved along with $30,000 for professional assistance. No conditions were attached. The eight-member committee was charged to hear from all sides...
Midtown arts district: If Paducah can do it, so can we

Midtown arts district: If Paducah can do it, so can we

What would the proposed Midtown arts district do exactly, and how would it benefit Kingston? A public discussion last Saturday at City Hall attended by 40 persons elicited many ideas. A Kingston arts district should engage the entire community, commission public murals and sponsor festivals and other events. It might partner with the schools to...
RUPCO seeks new life for old lanes

RUPCO seeks new life for old lanes

Nearing the completion of its Lace Mill artists’ housing complex, RUPCO’s campaign to fix up Midtown Kingston is rolling along with the announcement this week of a new plan to turn a former bowling alley on Broadway and Cedar Street into “affordable housing and [a] civic center.” RUPCO is proposing a mixed-income rental housing complex...
Hugh Reynolds: Show them the money

Hugh Reynolds: Show them the money

I wasn’t in attendance at last month’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast where guest speaker HealthAlliance CEO Dave Scarpino updated plans for the ongoing consolidation of what used to be Kingston and Benedictine hospitals. But I’ll bet a few folks coughed up their cornflakes when Scarpino said it might cost upwards of $88 million to complete...
Jail inmate phoned in Hannaford bomb threat and mailed in another market threat, police allege

Jail inmate phoned in Hannaford bomb threat and mailed in another market threat, police allege

An inmate at the Ulster County Jail is facing a felony charge after, Kingston Police said, he phoned in a bomb threat Wednesday which led to the temporary evacuation of the Kingston Plaza Hannaford. According to the KPD, Kristopher J. Surdis, 42, phoned in the bomb threat (from jail) at about 4:13 p.m. Wednesday, May...
Massage parlor sting nets six

Massage parlor sting nets six

Six people are facing charges after a multi-agency bust of several massage parlors in the towns of Ulster and Esopus. According to a press release from the Town of Ulster Police, on Tuesday, May 6, the UPD, state troopers and the URGENT task force conducted an undercover operation looking for prostitution in spas in the...
Kingston math opt-outs at 44 percent

Kingston math opt-outs at 44 percent

One week after 43 percent of eligible students in the Kingston City School District were opted out of standardized tests in English Language Arts (ELA), school officials said the percentage had crept up to 44 percent for last week’s math. Last week, school officials confirmed that of the 2,813 students in grades three through eight...