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...
Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he will recommend a “positive declaration of environmental significance” on Niagara Bottling’s proposal to build a water bottling facility at a vacant parcel near the old IBM campus. If the...
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...
Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents....
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper...
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...
Poor dear

Poor dear

An Uptown Kingston coffee shop got some unexpected and unwelcome business when a young deer plowed through a glass door and proceeded to trash a storeroom before it was collared and hauled off by police and city Department of Public...
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...
Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Kingston’s current zoning laws prohibit various forms of agriculture, but now recommendations and goals to promote farming outlined in a study funded by private citizens will likely be adopted in the new comprehensive plan, at least in part. That means...
Area cops, medics now using Narcan anti-OD kits

Area cops, medics now using Narcan anti-OD kits

It’s a situation that plays out almost daily in Ulster County — a 911 call reports an unconscious subject. Cops or firefighters arrive to find a person, usually young, barely breathing. Used syringes or empty glassine “decks” at the scene...
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...
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...
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,...
In other news

Hugh Reynolds: Hi ho, Silver, oy vey!

An old miner’s axiom which I just made up posits that where there’s Silver there’s gold. What happens now after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been charged by federal authorities with bribery and mail fraud in connection with his official duties? Silver, shortly after beginning his 21st year as Assembly leader, was accused last week by...
Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

In thinking about all the upset caused by this week’s blizzard that wasn’t, especially all the outrage directed at the weathermen for making everybody freak out about “historic” snow totals that got dumped on New England instead of us, I was reminded of the best movie I saw last year: “Nightcrawler.” In case you missed...
KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

School districts across New York were thrown for a loop last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration declined to provide school runs, the projected aid increases district officials use to help shape their budget proposals. Administration officials confirmed the school runs were being withheld because the governor’s education reform agenda hasn’t been met favorably by...
State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

Mayor Shayne Gallo will deliver his fourth “State of the City” address next week. According to a press release issued by the mayor’s office, the annual speech will occur on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

The City of Kingston’s snow emergency for Winter Storm Juno will begin 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and is set to end 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to the city superintendent of public works. During the emergency, no vehicles may be parked on city streets; those which remain will be towed and ticketed. According...
Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Vladimir Lenin promised peace and land, Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. And County Executive Mike Hein came up in his seventh state of the county address last week with free fuel for owners of electric vehicles. What a guy. In offering owners of electrically powered vehicles...
Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

A new report commissioned by opponents of a plan to sell Kingston’s municipal water to a private bottling company raises a host of environmental and legal concerns, and recommends the review process be shut down until an up-to-date report on just how much water the Cooper Lake reservoir has to give is finished. Citizens’ groups...
Hugh Reynolds: Forward ... march!

Hugh Reynolds: Forward … march!

People ask me, as if I knew, why Congressman Chris Gibson decided to leave the House after only three terms. Dunno. After dropping that bombshell on the first day of what will be his final term, Gibson disappeared into a black hole somewhere between Washington and his hometown of Kinderhook. Go figure. One of the...
Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

As the Kingston City School District moves forward on its Second Century renovation plan for Kingston High School, a school board trustee is asking whether the remade KHS will make provisions for transgender students. Early in December, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4-2 for a policy change which allows transgender Shenendehowa High School students...
Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Police are investigating whether a suicide pact was behind a case of carbon monoxide poisoning that left a Kingston woman near death and her partner charged with promoting a suicide attempt. Kingston cops responded to a home on West Chestnut Street around 8:20 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 after family members asked them to check...
Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Your lovely city and your Greenline project Last summer on my way to a conference in upstate New York, I stopped in to visit an old friend who now lives in Kingston and she suggested we spend the day driving the beautiful countryside and visiting the city by introducing me to a project that she...
Hugh Reynolds: The legend of Mario Cuomo

Hugh Reynolds: The legend of Mario Cuomo

The passing of former New York governor Mario Cuomo brought lots of memories for those of us in the media who had the privilege, or the burden, of covering him during his dozen tumultuous years (1983-94) in the office. For many, Cuomo, out of office for almost 20 years when he died, was but a...