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Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he will recommend a “positive declaration of environmental significance” on Niagara Bottling’s proposal to build a water bottling facility at a vacant parcel near the old IBM campus. If the board agrees at its meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 20, it means the controversial plan...
The art of eight limbs: Kingston’s Mauceri’s big Muay Thai fight is Nov. 21

The art of eight limbs: Kingston’s Mauceri’s big Muay Thai fight is Nov. 21

Kingston native Christian Mauceri is making a name for himself in the world of Muay Thai, a physical combat sport with centuries of history in Thailand. And on Friday, Nov. 21, Mauceri will face off for the first time against someone who grew up immersed in the sport. Colloquially known as the “art of eight...
She’s here to help: Q’s and A’s with Christine Hein

She’s here to help: Q’s and A’s with Christine Hein

Christine Hein is the executive director of People’s Place thrift store and food pantry here in Kingston, the largest food pantry in Ulster County. Though she is married to Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Christine likes to stay autonomous and independent from the role of “Ulster County’s first lady.” Rather, she chooses to carve out...
Kingston After Dark: Monster mash-up

Kingston After Dark: Monster mash-up

’Sup, Y’all? I am oozing snot from every orifice and no big pharma cold remedy or holistic goddess approach seems to be working. Literally crying, coughing and blowing my nose simultaneously while wheeze-laughing at the spectacle of the travesty that is the New York Jets. I tuned in to the game after seeing Josh Eppard...
Kingston After Dark: We built this city

Kingston After Dark: We built this city

Congratulations, Kingston. We are sticking to our principles and yet again managed to host a tremendously wonderful O + Festival. Thank you to all the performers, artists and organizers and volunteer types who put time and effort into making this progressive stuff happen here. It is this kind of team spirit that has helped rejuvenate...
Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

The Town of Ulster two weeks ago affirmed its intent to declare lead agency in the environmental review process of a proposed Niagara Bottling facility off Boice’s Lane, not far from the Lower Esopus Creek. During a public comment session following the town board’s agenda at its Oct. 16 meeting, councilmen heard from both supporters and...
We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to take a lead role in reviewing a plan for a proposed water bottling plant in the Town of Ulster. The decision comes despite pleas from opponents of the plant who had hoped for what they believed would be a more rigorous review by the state agency....
Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Hudson Valley Weather and Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, the region’s two leading do-it-yourself purveyors of forecasts, have merged. Alex Marra, the man behind Hudson Valley Weather, announced this summer that the laid-back-dude voice of Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, Bill Potter of Pine Bush, has joined his. The new outfit includes an upgraded website (hudsonvalleyweather.com) and seven weather...
Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents. But the plan is already a flop with some in the community, who call it...
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley offers cream of the crop at free weekly market

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley offers cream of the crop at free weekly market

On the storm-shadowed morning of Tuesday, Sept. 16, the farm market is about to open. Workers stand over a vividly colorful array of fruits and vegetables. There are bright purple eggplants, a basket overflowing with green tomatillos, heirloom tomatoes, bok choy, fresh corn, peaches and much more. The food was in the ground or on...
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper Lake watershed. Rumors about the proposal have circulated for months, but town and city officials...
'Feast on Two Wheels' is this Wednesday

‘Feast on Two Wheels’ is this Wednesday

This Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-8 p.m., cyclists will fill the streets of Kingston on a three-part journey known as the “Feast on Two Wheels.” The annual fundraiser was created by Bike-Friendly Kingston, an advocacy group that promotes improvements that would make the city more “bike-able.” Over the course of three hours, ticket-holders will bike...