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She’s here to help: Q’s and A’s with Christine Hein

She’s here to help: Q’s and A’s with Christine Hein

Christine Hein is the executive director of People’s Place thrift store and food pantry here in Kingston, the largest food pantry in Ulster County. Though she is married to Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Christine likes to stay autonomous and independent from the role of “Ulster County’s first lady.” Rather, she chooses to carve out...
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 Bush, has joined his. The new outfit includes an upgraded website (hudsonvalleyweather.com) and seven weather...
Joe Perry and Mike McGowan have had their hands in Kingston’s locks since the ’70s

Joe Perry and Mike McGowan have had their hands in Kingston’s locks since the ’70s

If you’ve walked up North Front Street at any time since the Disco Era, you’ve probably at some point been greeted by two fashion-plated gentlemen — longtime Uptown fixtures and Rage Hair Salon owners Joe Perry and Mike McGowan. Susan Benincasa, who passed away in 2013, was Rage’s third beaming smile. My personal recollection of...
The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

Uptown Kingston is evolving. North Front Street just got four new businesses, all with owners from Brooklyn. “Uptown Kingston obviously isn’t Brooklyn North, and I laugh when I see real-estate ads for places in ‘Brooklyn Kingston’,” said Sari Botton, a writer and editor of an anthology of essays about loving New York City and leaving...
Port Ewen man to fight world champion Brazilians in UFC competition

Port Ewen man to fight world champion Brazilians in UFC competition

“Ground ’em and pound ’em” is Keith “Shabang-Bang” Berish’s strategy for how he’s going to take out his opponent in his first Ultimate Fighting Championship TUF 19 finale on July 6, to be broadcast on Fox1. This 28-year-old Port Ewen native, who started wrestling as a freshman in Kingston High School in 2000, currently stands...
Brotherhood is their strength

Brotherhood is their strength

Residents, workers, shoppers and visitors in the Town of Ulster have placing three to five calls for emergency response a day. Ulster Hose Company #5 is on the job. The fire company’s ranks are staffed with 84 active volunteers — a large number of able and willing bodies compared to most districts. Their job is...
The heroes of Star Valley

The heroes of Star Valley

On the bright, clear morning of Feb. 5, 1944, schoolchildren in Saint-Léonard-en-Beauce, a town in north central France, jumped in their seats and screamed when the blast of an explosion caused the classroom windows to open all by themselves, shattering most windows in the neighboring hamlet of Sigogne. An airplane was on fire in M....
Kingston Catholic kids connect with NASA to explore science

Kingston Catholic kids connect with NASA to explore science

Believe it … or not? Kingston Catholic School opens a window to space every single day.  In fact, Principal Jill Albert communicates regularly with NASA and students are helping to explore the impact of zero gravity on osteoporosis through studying the development stages of butterflies. Believe it … Or not? Believe it. Thanks to the...
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 cordial and polished, always quick to hold the door. He is a constant in the...
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...
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 and direct a hairy eyeball to the gaggle of disruptive teens, but eventually gather up...
From smoking to vaping: Locals talk e-cigarettes

From smoking to vaping: Locals talk e-cigarettes

The days of taking a cool, long drag off a cigarette are coming back. Smokers are even being welcomed back where they had been banished. Enter just about any bar these days and there’s likely to be someone taking a drag off what looks to be a real cigarette and exhaling not-quite smoke, often with...