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Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Uptown business groups have thrown their support behind a proposal to alter traffic patterns in Uptown Kingston by reversing the flow of traffic on two one-way streets in the heart of the Stockade business district. But others are wary of the proposal’s cost and possible unintended consequences from changing long-established traffic schemes. The plan would...
Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Right around lunchtime in Uptown, you’re likely to bump into Commissioner of Jurors Paul T. O’Neill.  You’re always in for a rosy exchange of pleasant schmooze, clever wit and perhaps some smart snark if you’re so inclined. O’Neill is seamlessly cordial and polished, always quick to hold the door. He is a constant in the...
Family House shelter for teens is home of last resort

Family House shelter for teens is home of last resort

Imagine a house constantly filled with teens rolling in and out. How would you manage them? What would their bathroom look like? Family House in Rosendale is often the last safety net before a runaway kid hits the streets. The “safe house” is operated and staffed through Family of Woodstock and licensed by the state...
Zoë, the muse

Zoë, the muse

Zoë West isn’t like most models. For one thing, she’s about half a foot shorter than what most people consider the minimum height for a fashion magazine manqué. And she takes her coffee with half and half. But neither has stopped the West Saugerties native from carving out a niche, not to mention a career,...
Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

It’s Friday night at the Hudson Valley Mall’s food court. There’s a dozen teenagers sprawled out at the tables, laughing, cursing loudly and even roughhousing with one another. Shopping-fatigued mothers cover the ears of their toddlers dozing in the strollers and direct a hairy eyeball to the gaggle of disruptive teens, but eventually gather up...
James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

The Rev. James B. Childs Jr. has spent two decades trying to knit together diverse communities — from his ongoing effort to build a truly multi-ethnic congregation at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center to his work as a diversity trainer in the corporate world and academia. As the new chairman of RUPCO’s board of...
From smoking to vaping: Locals talk e-cigarettes

From smoking to vaping: Locals talk e-cigarettes

The days of taking a cool, long drag off a cigarette are coming back. Smokers are even being welcomed back where they had been banished. Enter just about any bar these days and there’s likely to be someone taking a drag off what looks to be a real cigarette and exhaling not-quite smoke, often with...
Pics of Shamrock Run and St. Paddy's Day parade

Pics of Shamrock Run and St. Paddy’s Day parade

Here’s a selection of Phyllis McCabe’s photos of the Shamrock Run and St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 16. Check out the print edition, out Thursday, March 20, for more!
Kingston After Dark: Bring the pain

Kingston After Dark: Bring the pain

Epica’s “Storm The Sorrow” is soaring from my speakers as I write this, the mezzo-soprano hypnosis of gorgeous Dutch vocalist Simone Simons inviting me into a mysterious world of symphonic metal, crows, wolves, desires and fog. Winter’s icy talons don’t yet want to let go. I’m trying to respect the somber lessons of the season...
Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Lifelong Kingstonian Richard Cahill has spent half a lifetime investigating a dead subject: the 1932 kidnapping and killing of 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Recently, the attorney, ex-alderman and two-time mayoral candidate published his thoughtful analysis of what was perhaps the crime of the 20th century, called Hauptmann’s Ladder:...
Kingston After Dark: The Great Conjunction

Kingston After Dark: The Great Conjunction

Who among you remembers the Great Conjunction from Jim Henson’s quirky fantasy The Dark Crystal? The New Age-tinged ’80s classic climaxed — spoiler alert! — with the restoration of a shattered crystal, restored hopes and a balance between the forces of light and dark resulting in a crazy eclipse-type event that managed to evolve everyone...

Jeanette Provenzano blazed political trails for Ulster women

Jeanette Provenzano, lifetime Democrat, has had her hat in the political ring since 1986 as one of the city’s representatives on the county legislature. A one-time mayoral candidate and proud full-blooded Italian, Provenzano rolled up her sleeves and raised seven kids as a single mom while working full-time. She is known for her loyalty, strength...