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No July 4 fireworks? (UPDATE: Fireworks are go!)

No July 4 fireworks? (UPDATE: Fireworks are go!)

UPDATE: At about 10:30 Friday morning, the city posted the following on its Facebook page: “The City of Kingston is pleased to announce the annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks are on! Join the City of Kingston and the Kingston Waterfront Business Association for a wonderful night filled with music, food, fun and of...
A meaningful life: Barbara Sarah, woman of many accomplishments, honored by county

A meaningful life: Barbara Sarah, woman of many accomplishments, honored by county

Barbara Sarah — community activist, counselor, social worker, teacher, mentor, beloved friend of many, mother and grandmother — has been selected by Ulster County’s Office for the Aging as this year’s recipient of “Most Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen.” On May 10, she traveled up to Albany, accompanied by her daughter, Ulster County Legislator...
Kingston Greenline’s progress detailed at Kingston Land Trust meeting

Kingston Greenline’s progress detailed at Kingston Land Trust meeting

Got some spare time? The Kingston Greenline needs you! That was the message at the Kingston Land Trust-sponsored Trail Mixer held last Monday night at Immanuel Lutheran Church. More than 25 people, including city alderwomen Deborah Brown (Ward 9) and MaryAnn Mills (Ward 7), attended. Tim Weidemann, co-chair of the KLT’s Greenline committee, presented an...
What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

This week, the fate of the 158-year-old “Booth house,” a rare residential relic of the bluestone industry that once flourished in Wilbur, remained uncertain. The plan by the Kingston Fire Department’s Building & Safety Division to tear down the dilapidated stone building at 116 Wilbur on Feb. 20 got an 11th-hour reprieve after preservations protested....
Kingston Clean Lunch Co. offers healthy options for schoolkids

Kingston Clean Lunch Co. offers healthy options for schoolkids

After giving birth to her daughter four years ago, Kingston resident Ann Marie Woolsey-Johnson was between jobs and searching for something to do. As a lifelong healthy eater — “I was raised by health enthusiasts who did not allow me to eat hot dogs until I was an adolescent” — she became disenchanted with the...
Clearwater organization looks to right the ship after recent turmoil

Clearwater organization looks to right the ship after recent turmoil

This summer, for the first time since it became a regular annual event at Croton Point Park in 1979, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival isn’t happening. In what one observer characterized as “a perfect storm of problems,” the non-profit organization founded by Pete Seeger in 1969 with the launch of the sloop Clearwater which...
Public will get input on Midtown shooting range proposal

Public will get input on Midtown shooting range proposal

The public will get a chance on Dec. 14 to offer their opinions on a proposal to convert an old doctor’s office at 90 Prince St. in Midtown Kingston into an indoor shooting range. The application by Dr. Adam Soyer, currently under consideration by the city planning board, wasn’t originally going to have a public...
The calling: Elder Doris Schuyler on life, God and her work as a pastor

The calling: Elder Doris Schuyler on life, God and her work as a pastor

The Riverview Missionary Baptist Church has had a rich history going back more than 80 years, leading up to Elder Doris Edwards’ time at its helm. Located at 240 Catherine St., it started as a mission in 1933. It was located at Goldrick’s Landing near the brickyard, just north of Kingston Point, where the congregants...
Session works toward outline of Greenline

Session works toward outline of Greenline

What Kingston’s mile-and-a-half-long rail trail will look like and how it will link to the existing street fabric came into sharper focus at the Kingston Greenline community design workshop held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Monday, July 27. Representatives from Saratoga Associates (the Saratoga Springs-based consultancy that’s doing the design), KC Engineering and Hone Strategic presented...
Strong support for RUPCO’s Cedar Street proposal

Strong support for RUPCO’s Cedar Street proposal

RUPCO’s proposal to build an affordable housing complex on the site of the former Mid-City Lanes bowling alley at 20 Cedar St., in the heart of Kingston’s Midtown, was unanimously heralded as exactly the development Midtown needs by approximately 15 speakers at the public hearing held by the Kingston Planning Board at City Hall on...
Hein, local pols, concerned citizens pan Pilgrim plan

Hein, local pols, concerned citizens pan Pilgrim plan

The potential health and safety risks posed by the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, which would carry volatile Bakken crude oil from Albany to a refinery in New Jersey and a variety of petroleum products back the other way, were highlighted by a rally May 18 at the Ulster County Courthouse. County Executive Mike Hein, speaking at...
Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe’s solo exhibition of encaustic-painted wall pieces and sculptures at the gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, entitled “Encaustic/Form II,” has its roots in the Minimalist art of the 1960s. She employs Minimalism’s rigor of form and its use of the grid, but the playfulness, wit and rich pictorial associations of her work express...