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Pics of Kingston's record-setting ice cream sundae

Pics of Kingston’s record-setting ice cream sundae

Our photographer Phyllis McCabe was on hand at the Strand on Sunday for the construction and consumption of the record-breaking ice cream sundae, put together to mark Boice Bros. Dairy’s 100th year in business. Here’s some of what she brought back.  
Kingston After Dark: Heavy metal heart

Kingston After Dark: Heavy metal heart

Morning, my lovelies. How are we all today? I am in a splendid mood after attending the wedding of longtime friends Jesse Cunningham and Erica Pivko last week in Saugerties, a splendid gathering of old and new friends that underscored for me how many special people are from this creative hub we call home. I’m...
The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

Uptown Kingston is evolving. North Front Street just got four new businesses, all with owners from Brooklyn. “Uptown Kingston obviously isn’t Brooklyn North, and I laugh when I see real-estate ads for places in ‘Brooklyn Kingston’,” said Sari Botton, a writer and editor of an anthology of essays about loving New York City and leaving...
When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

Accurate descriptions of Kingston’s original stockade, built between 1658 and 1677, have eluded historians for centuries. And no wonder. The definitive 1695 original “Miller map” of the area went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after its creator’s ship was attacked by French privateers. The Rev. John Miller, who survived capture, later re-created the...
Port Ewen man to fight world champion Brazilians in UFC competition

Port Ewen man to fight world champion Brazilians in UFC competition

“Ground ’em and pound ’em” is Keith “Shabang-Bang” Berish’s strategy for how he’s going to take out his opponent in his first Ultimate Fighting Championship TUF 19 finale on July 6, to be broadcast on Fox1. This 28-year-old Port Ewen native, who started wrestling as a freshman in Kingston High School in 2000, currently stands...
Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Citywide, police and parking enforcement staff are on pace to double the number of violations handed out last year for expired meters and other non-moving violations. Meanwhile the apparent ticket blitz has some in one neighborhood complaining of overzealous enforcement. “This year it’s been off the charts,” said Karen Clark-Adin, owner of the Bop to Tottom...
Brotherhood is their strength

Brotherhood is their strength

Residents, workers, shoppers and visitors in the Town of Ulster have placing three to five calls for emergency response a day. Ulster Hose Company #5 is on the job. The fire company’s ranks are staffed with 84 active volunteers — a large number of able and willing bodies compared to most districts. Their job is...
Kingston After Dark: Bark at the moon

Kingston After Dark: Bark at the moon

Okay, children of the night. It’s another week in our fabled city of rock and I am here to spread cheer. The good news is, I am better looking than actor Jason Lee and I live here all the time! Isn’t that wonderful? I should get my own movie. But really, the My-Name-is-Earl star has...
Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

First in trickles, then in droves, the Dutch (obviously), Germans and Irish first, then the Italians, Poles and many others, came to Kingston. Different people from different places with different cultures and religions settled in ethnic enclaves with their own churches and schools. Bitterly resisted by nativists who had arrived centuries previous, by sheer force...
The heroes of Star Valley

The heroes of Star Valley

On the bright, clear morning of Feb. 5, 1944, schoolchildren in Saint-Léonard-en-Beauce, a town in north central France, jumped in their seats and screamed when the blast of an explosion caused the classroom windows to open all by themselves, shattering most windows in the neighboring hamlet of Sigogne. An airplane was on fire in M....
Kingston After Dark: Light my fire

Kingston After Dark: Light my fire

I was at a lovely barbecue the other night in the woods near High Falls and my friend’s screensaver in her apartment was shuffling through random word definitions while people were preparing food to grill. A word that caught my eye was cic·a·trix (sik??triks/) noun = the scar of a healed wound or a scar...
Stopping the loss: For a petty larceny, shoplifting’s a big deal

Stopping the loss: For a petty larceny, shoplifting’s a big deal

For retailers nationwide, it’s a $30 billion a year problem. For Town of Ulster cops it’s a — literally — everyday call. For dozens of “loss prevention” workers at big-box stores on the Ulster Avenue commercial strip, it’s a living. Shoplifters, from impulsive teenagers to well-organized traveling boosting crews, are drawn to the strip which...