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Editorial: Vexillology’s vexations and other historical ironies

Editorial: Vexillology’s vexations and other historical ironies

Should the Confederate Battle Flag be taken off that capital in South Carolina (and any other publicly funded flagpole upon which it may be fluttering)? Of course it should, and as soon as possible. The very best you can say of those who followed the Confederate flag into battle 150 years ago or so is...
Esopus Supervisor John Coutant has passed

Esopus Supervisor John Coutant has passed

Details are not yet available, but here’s a statement this morning from County Executive Mike Hein: “It is with deep sorrow that we have learned of the passing of John Coutant, Town of Esopus supervisor, local businessman and friend.  He was a committed long-time public servant and his dedication to his community was profound. On...
Farmstands offer free fare

Farmstands offer free fare

The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, People’s Place and Ulster County Community Action are collaborating to bring Kingstonians two chances a week to pick up free locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as nutritional and cooking tips. The farmstands will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at People’s Place, 17...
Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

  Do not, my friends, become addicted to water. It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence.’ — Immortan Joe Much has been made of the feminist themes running through the thoroughly fantastic movie Mad Max: Fury Road, and rightfully so: the major theme of the film was, in my editorial...
Anti-hooker operation tallies five arrests

Anti-hooker operation tallies five arrests

A Friday, May 29 undercover sting with cops posing as johns and using websites such as the infamous hooker-hookup site backpage.com resulted in four prostitution arrests – all of out-of-towners – and a man getting busted for pot, the Kingston Police Department and the Town of Ulster Police Department said. According to police, the KPD’s Special...
KPD: Decorated force veteran one who shot Jeffries

KPD: Decorated force veteran one who shot Jeffries

Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, May 28, the Kingston Police Department identified the officer who shot 18-year-old Alex Jeffries as Officer Steven Fellows, a decorated 22-year policeman and 14-year KPD veteran. Its release also stated that Fellows has been reassigned to “an administrative assignment” until the state police and Ulster County District Attorney’s Office finish...
Troopers ID man shot by KPD

Troopers ID man shot by KPD

The state police have identified the man shot by a Kingston Police officer late Wednesday night as 18-year-old Alex Jeffries of Kingston. According to troopers, who are running the investigation into the shooting at the request of the Kingston Police Department, KPD officers responding to a burglar alarm at the Chase bank at the Kingston...
KPD officer shoots man at Kingston Plaza

KPD officer shoots man at Kingston Plaza

A Kingston Police Department officer shot a man after the man pointed “what appeared to be a handgun” at officers responding to a burglary report at the Chase Bank in the Kingston Plaza late Thursday night, according to a release posted on the department’s Facebook page. The release stated that at about 11:50 p.m. on...
City Democratic convention: The Nobles get the nods

City Democratic convention: The Nobles get the nods

Convening at the Best Western hotel Wednesday evening, the Kingston Democratic Committee voted to endorse Steve Noble over incumbent Shayne Gallo for mayor and incumbent Jim Noble over challenger Jeanette Provenzano for alderman-at-large. In the weighted voting system used to tally the balloting among city committee members, Steve Noble, a city environmental programs manager and...
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...
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 of the theft of lawn ornaments from a home on Clifton Avenue. Patrol Division personnel...