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Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

As the Kingston City School District moves forward on its Second Century renovation plan for Kingston High School, a school board trustee is asking whether the remade KHS will make provisions for transgender students. Early in December, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4-2 for a policy change which allows transgender Shenendehowa High School students...
Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

The Nutmeg State’s loss is the Town of Ulster’s gain as two of the 13 businesses given state tax incentives through Start-Up NY will be crossing the Connecticut border and laying down roots in the Hudson Valley. Those companies — a manufacturer of a patented waste-to-energy gasification method, and a remanufacturer of mine tailings —...
Al Nace a man of wide interests, from boxing to art to helping

Al Nace a man of wide interests, from boxing to art to helping

Allen Nace is a punner and proud of it. When not indulging in what many view as “the lowest form of wit,” Nace is partaking in the highest form of work: he’s HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s administrative director of community rehabilitation service, which covers addiction treatment services and education locally. He’d also volunteered at...
Photos from Uptown's New Year's Eve!

Photos from Uptown’s New Year’s Eve!

Our photographer Phyllis McCabe was out with the hundreds celebrating 2014’s end and 2015’s beginning at the visually stunning and highly festive party in Uptown K-town – here’s some of the pics she got. (Click to see the full image, please. Thanks!)
Kingston After Dark: Closer to the Heart

Kingston After Dark: Closer to the Heart

There are ties that bind us to this world and one another. Whether a carbon footprint on the face of the Earth or the karmic energy between cultures and neighbors, we exude “emotional feedback on a timeless wavelength” — that’s a profound truth, not just a Rush lyric from “The Spirit of Radio.” Fortunately a...
Niagara-SUNY Ulster alliance could bring bottler huge tax breaks

Niagara-SUNY Ulster alliance could bring bottler huge tax breaks

Niagara Bottling lost out on its bid for more than $10 million in state funding for a proposed plant in the Town of Ulster. But it remains eligible for significant benefits, including a 10-year state tax holiday for employees, through the Start-Up NY program and a partnership with Ulster County Community College. Earlier this month,...
To the bunker: Photos of wartime edifices lead this month’s exhibits

To the bunker: Photos of wartime edifices lead this month’s exhibits

Down on Abeel Street during Dec. 6’s gallery openings, the theme was the container — either in the form of the concrete bunkers built by the Dutch in World War II, as captured by the lens of Hendrik Dijk, the abstract patterned surfaces of skyscrapers photographed by Rob Hoekstra, or the encrusted porcelain pottery of...
Take a spin around Stockade's groove-oriented shops

Take a spin around Stockade’s groove-oriented shops

It’s an unseasonably warm fall Friday in Uptown Kingston and Doug Wygal is about to eat Rick Lange’s lunch. And older gentleman and his wife parked across the street from Wygal’s Rocket Number Nine Records. They’re looking for Lange’s Rhino Records, a block further down North Front Street. But they spotted Wygal’s sign first. Now...
Kingston After Dark: Thank you, friends

Kingston After Dark: Thank you, friends

The Smashing Pumpkins had an underrated “comeback” album, Zeitgeist, in 2007 that found Billy Corgan searching for the pulse of America while playing leaner and less extravagant rock than “Tonight, Tonight” from opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, for example. The results confused some of his alt-rock fan base but the darker work that...
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...