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RUPCO seeks new life for old lanes

RUPCO seeks new life for old lanes

Nearing the completion of its Lace Mill artists’ housing complex, RUPCO’s campaign to fix up Midtown Kingston is rolling along with the announcement this week of a new plan to turn a former bowling alley on Broadway and Cedar Street into “affordable housing and [a] civic center.” RUPCO is proposing a mixed-income rental housing complex...
Jail inmate phoned in Hannaford bomb threat and mailed in another market threat, police allege

Jail inmate phoned in Hannaford bomb threat and mailed in another market threat, police allege

An inmate at the Ulster County Jail is facing a felony charge after, Kingston Police said, he phoned in a bomb threat Wednesday which led to the temporary evacuation of the Kingston Plaza Hannaford. According to the KPD, Kristopher J. Surdis, 42, phoned in the bomb threat (from jail) at about 4:13 p.m. Wednesday, May...
Massage parlor sting nets six

Massage parlor sting nets six

Six people are facing charges after a multi-agency bust of several massage parlors in the towns of Ulster and Esopus. According to a press release from the Town of Ulster Police, on Tuesday, May 6, the UPD, state troopers and the URGENT task force conducted an undercover operation looking for prostitution in spas in the...
Blaber busted on drug rap

Blaber busted on drug rap

Jeremy K. Blaber, an ex-city employee, former mayoral henchman, blogger and political operative, has again been arrested, this time on drug charges. Kingston police said in a release posted Wednesday evening to its Facebook page that Blaber had been arrested by the KPD’s Special Investigations Unit on April 28 after reports of drug-related activity on...
TMI Project brings open, honest storytelling to Kingston

TMI Project brings open, honest storytelling to Kingston

What’s Too Much Information? Depending on the context, it could range from a graphic description of what happened in the bathroom after one helping of baked beans too many to a graphic description of a childhood containing more trauma than a box set of Dickens to a quick way to cut people off from telling...
Letters: New KHS vote; the rail corridor; Gallo's impact on Kingston

Letters: New KHS vote; the rail corridor; Gallo’s impact on Kingston

No one knows the answer? I’ve written to the minority leader of the Ulster County Legislature, with copies to all of the Legislators, asking for information regarding how much land in the Ulster & Delaware corridor is actually owned by Ulster County and how much is private property with railroad easements. I have not received...
United Way fundraiser gets local stars out on the dance floor

United Way fundraiser gets local stars out on the dance floor

It’s a pretty good deal, really. Spend an evening at the deluxe Diamond Mills hotel up in Saugerties, pitch in for a worthy cause and watch local celebrities — some of whom you probably know in real life — show off their dance moves. It’s called “Dancing With the Stars: Ulster Style” and is slated...
Editorial: Of sinkholes and social media abuse

Editorial: Of sinkholes and social media abuse

We’ve got something good and something bad to discuss in the city, both taking place within six hours of each other last Tuesday. First, the good: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves a round of applause for showing up to the Washington Avenue sinkhole, along with Mayor Gallo and County Exec Hein, on a cold, nasty...
Letters: Revote required; corridor is public property

Letters: Revote required; corridor is public property

Time for another vote Over the past two weeks we’ve read articles on how screwed up the plan is to build a new high school. It’s time for the district and school board to declare the existing vote to build a new high school null and void and schedule a new vote on whatever you have...
Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

There’s a movement afoot (visit womenon20s.org) to persuade President Obama to kick bad ol’ Andrew Jackson off the $20 and replace him with a real historical great woman from the pages of American history. I’m all for this. Women have appeared on U.S. currency before. The abstract Liberty figure has been on a few different...
Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Benjamin Netanyahu survived a pretty good scare last week to hold on to Israel’s premiership in an election that may be one of the turning points in not only Israeli history, but America’s and the world’s, too. President Obama, I’m sure, would have been much happier if the other guy’s party had won, but Israeli...
Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Kingston Corridor shuttle bus More and more the development of the Rondout waterfront calls for a shuttle bus service along the Kingston Corridor to make it accessible from any point along Kingston’s Main Street, as designated by the Main Street Manager program under Nancy Donskoj. Defined as a two bus service with 15 minute inter-service...