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Cruising the Blue Danube: The Kovacs vacation in central Europe

Cruising the Blue Danube: The Kovacs vacation in central Europe

By Joe and Jeanne Kovacs Groggy from the sleepless night and the jet lag, we were excited as we headed from the airport towards our ship docked along the shore in central Budapest. At last, my wife meets the city of my birth! Will she like it? Can she possibly see it through my eyes? ...
Needle-swap program plan on hold

Needle-swap program plan on hold

Efforts to offer needle exchange and other “harm reduction” services to addicts in Ulster County are stalled, organizers say, because they can’t find anybody willing to take on the demanding job of on-the-ground outreach to the area’s population of intravenous drug users. Hudson Valley Community Services is a non-profit group dedicated to battling chronic health...
Kingston After Dark: Moonage Daydream

Kingston After Dark: Moonage Daydream

Editor’s note: due to the imminence of this Thursday’s show at The Anchor, we’re departing from our usual procedure and running Morgan’s piece online before it gets into the print edition.  Those disheartened by the current news and wanting some freakout fun need to run — not walk — to The Anchor this Thursday, June...
Kingston After Dark: Kristin in kontrol

Kingston After Dark: Kristin in kontrol

Sub Pop Records may be synonymous with the early days of Nirvana (still have cartoon-heart eyes for that “Love Buzz” Shocking Blue cover) and for the gloriously fuzzy and dank early Mudhoney records, but over the years the label has also expanded to include the crème de la crème of hip indie releases as well,...
Kingston After Dark: Truth or sanity?

Kingston After Dark: Truth or sanity?

The post-punk romantic struggle-themed jam “You Never Knew Me” by legends Magazine from their The Correct Use of Soap album once posed this question: “Do you want the truth or do you want your sanity?” This could apply to many sides of life. People live with blinders on and trust woefully compromised two-party candidates. People...
West Hurley’s Poetry Barn gives space to verse

West Hurley’s Poetry Barn gives space to verse

The Poetry Barn, a burgeoning literary arts center in West Hurley, aims to connect and inspire Hudson Valley poets through retreats and writing workshops. Founder Lissa Kiernan, a Brooklyn-based poet, founded the private online poetry community The Rooster Moans in 2007. After graduating from her MFA program in 2011 and mourning the loss of her...
Uber seeks a Lyft upstate

Uber seeks a Lyft upstate

Legislation currently making its way through the state Assembly and State Senate could clear the way for popular ride-sharing services to begin serving upstate communities. Uber, Lyft and other “transportation networking companies” (TNCs) use location-based mobile apps to connect riders with drivers. Unlike traditional taxi services, TNCs typically provide a technology platform to drivers who...
Photo: Taste the VW rainbow

Photo: Taste the VW rainbow

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...
Two-month delay for Smorgasburg

Two-month delay for Smorgasburg

If you’ve spent the past few months anticipating the arrival of Smorgasburg, an open-air flea and food market at the former Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. Initially planned to debut on Saturday, June 4, Smorgasburg’s owners are now saying it won’t hit town for another two months. “It’s...
Dispute arises over transwoman’s use of gym locker room

Dispute arises over transwoman’s use of gym locker room

A transgender woman says that she plans to seek legal recourse after she was denied use of the women’s locker room and showers at a local health club. But the owner of MAC Fitness says that he was simply responding to members’ concerns when he asked the woman to use the gym’s unisex bathroom. The...
Evans & Rowe Go See a Movie: 'Dawn of Justice' or dusk of quality?

Evans & Rowe Go See a Movie: ‘Dawn of Justice’ or dusk of quality?

Leading up to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fellow local nerd and podcaster Kevin Rowe and I (Morgan Y. Evans) have been arguing heatedly over whether or not Affleck would suck or if, as Kevin wrongly asserts, this is Batman’s finest hour. Personally, I liked the Lego Batman preview before this...