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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...
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 thoughtful analysis of what was perhaps the crime of the 20th century, called Hauptmann’s Ladder:...

Jeanette Provenzano blazed political trails for Ulster women

Jeanette Provenzano, lifetime Democrat, has had her hat in the political ring since 1986 as one of the city’s representatives on the county legislature. A one-time mayoral candidate and proud full-blooded Italian, Provenzano rolled up her sleeves and raised seven kids as a single mom while working full-time. She is known for her loyalty, strength...
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 adamantly insists. They are kilts. Sunday, March 16 will be the 26th annual Shamrock Run....
What’s beyond greatness? Ashley Knox makes her own way

What’s beyond greatness? Ashley Knox makes her own way

Ashley Knox says she is using everything she learned on Elmendorf Street, in the Dominican Republic, at SUNY Albany and the Omega Institute in order to help her move ahead, and help others move ahead with her. The Kingston native and Port Ewen resident is leading a series of educational and empowerment workshops called “Go...
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 or spoons allowed. During the festivities, a young partygoer turned to him and said, “You’re...
Highway of terror, or, teaching your teen how to drive

Highway of terror, or, teaching your teen how to drive

The next time you get into your car, remember this. There is an entire subculture of brand-spanking-new 16-year-old drivers with freshly minted learner’s permits wreaking havoc on the roads and traumatizing well-intentioned parents. And no one would ever guess it. My daughter is one of the world’s few collected, mature and responsible teens. She does...
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 few times because the universe keeps throwing you these curve balls, like those three weeks...
Cornell Street Studios: vintage, and then some

Cornell Street Studios: vintage, and then some

What’s old is new, and what’s vintage is at Midtown’s Cornell Street Studios. Twenty-eight-year-old Renee Darmstadt repurposed the 5,000 square feet upstairs of her father’s overhead door warehouse into a multi-use art studio. A studio replete with an exercise studio, fashion show runway, massage table and five gallery rooms chock full of handcrafted jewelry, art,...