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Charles Ferri aims to bring ‘destination distillery’ to Esopus

Charles Ferri aims to bring ‘destination distillery’ to Esopus

The way he tells it, Charles Ferri had always wanted to get back to the Hudson Valley and set up a top-notch distillery. The way there just happened to go through Oregon. Ferri, who grew up in Hopewell Junction and graduated from John Jay High School, worked on Wall Street for a spell but made...
Letters: Man of Destiny; What about Walmart?; Lost Rondout redux; Bike lanes are triple win

Letters: Man of Destiny; What about Walmart?; Lost Rondout redux; Bike lanes are triple win

Bernie Sanders — man of destiny? Throughout history at times of great change, turmoil and crisis it seems that often a special person rises above the chaos to lead the way. Remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Churchill? What Bernie brings to the table is a progressive mind coupled with a compassionate...
Wide range of debate on Midtown proposal

Wide range of debate on Midtown proposal

At the beginning of Monday evening’s public hearing on a plan to convert a former doctor’s office on Prince Street in Midtown Kingston into a five-lane shooting range, Kingston planning board chairman Wayne Platte Jr. made a pair of requests: That the evening focus on the “planning and zoning aspects of the project” and that...
Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

(Editor’s note: This originally appeared in print in our Holiday Gift Guide a few weeks ago.) Get ready to start defending your airspace. This Christmas season, it’s estimated that 1 million drones will be given as gifts, the vast majority of which, I am predicting, will be from people with questionable judgment to people with...
KPD probes Bruyn Ave. shooting

KPD probes Bruyn Ave. shooting

The Kingston Police Department is saying there’s no danger to the public after a 2:10 p.m. shooting on Monday, Dec. 7 left a 24-year-old male wounded. According to a press release from the KPD, officers responded to a reports of a man being chased by “several individuals with a gun.” When they got to the...
To go global, Tonner stays local

To go global, Tonner stays local

A little synergy between two Uptown Kingston businesses has resulted in a brand-new website for one of the most important doll companies in the world. On Monday evening, persons from the Tonner Doll Co. and Evolving Media Network, both companies headquarted on Wall Street, gathered for a formal unveiling of Tonner’s new website, designed by...
Letters: On Paris attacks and the refugee question

Letters: On Paris attacks and the refugee question

Compassion vs. security There’s a lot of debate going on surrounding the issues of refugees, even though nothing has changed with regards to refugees aside from people’s opinions. The events in Paris did not make refugees any more or less likely to commit acts of terrorism. Refugees are not more or less dangerous than they...
Editorial: A better Broadway

Editorial: A better Broadway

Over the past few months, I’ve been haunted, for lack of a better word, by something I read in one of Hugh Reynolds’ columns. In his Aug. 6 piece, he wrote this, reporting on the Town of Ulster Conservative Party caucus: “What I hear going door to door from [elderly] people is, ‘Who’s going to...
Letters: Way to go, Mike; Baul vs. Landi

Letters: Way to go, Mike; Baul vs. Landi

Way to go, Mike Congratulations to County Executive Mike Hein on his re-election and thank you to the voters of Ulster County for returning to office this great public servant! County Executive Hein’s leadership on big environmental issues like fracking and oil and gas pipelines has been stellar, and he has also given his attention...
Police: Kingston teen hit by train

Police: Kingston teen hit by train

A 19-year-old Kingston man was struck by a CSX freight train Friday evening while walking on the tracks, Town of Ulster police said, adding that they believe he was using earbuds at the time of the accident. According to police, the incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. The man had just gotten off...
Letters: Clarity on Broadway parking; Support for Swanzey

Letters: Clarity on Broadway parking; Support for Swanzey

Clarity on Broadway parking There seems to be some confusion, misinformation or disinformation regarding the Building a Better Broadway project. I would like to inform the public that contrary to news reports and letters in the local press, 55 parking spaces on Broadway will not be lost as a result of the Building a Better...
Editorial: Noble’s the city’s best option

Editorial: Noble’s the city’s best option

Come Jan. 1, 2016 — unless Shayne Gallo’s supporters manage to pull off the greatest write-in campaign in local history — Kingston will have a new mayor. We think the best choice to lead the city is Steve Noble, the Democratic and Green parties’ nominee. Throughout the campaign, Noble has shown he’s smart, advocates an...