Town of Ulster
Felony charges for drone enthusiast

Felony charges for drone enthusiast

A Lake Katrine man is facing a felony charge after, state troopers say, he flew a camera equipped drone close to examination room windows at a Town of Ulster Medical Facility. But David “Front Row Dave” Beesmer, who’s charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, said in a Facebook post that the incident was a misunderstanding. Beesmer...
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...
Destination unknown: Town wrestles with what to do with the town hall

Destination unknown: Town wrestles with what to do with the town hall

The future of the Town of Ulster’s town hall is still unclear, though town officials and a committee appointed earlier this year to study the issue seem to agree that the sooner something is done about finding a home for the police department, at least, the better. “The town government is functioning and the delivery...
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...
Highway of terror, or, teaching your teen how to drive

Highway of terror, or, teaching your teen how to drive

The next time you get into your car, remember this. There is an entire subculture of brand-spanking-new 16-year-old drivers with freshly minted learner’s permits wreaking havoc on the roads and traumatizing well-intentioned parents. And no one would ever guess it. My daughter is one of the world’s few collected, mature and responsible teens. She does...
Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

(Editor’s note: The KCSD cancelling school on Friday, Jan. 10, means that a day will have to be taken from Memorial Day break.) Winter is only officially a few weeks old, but thanks to an eventful run of weather, the Kingston City School District has already used up its entire allotment of snow days for...

TaxCity: Former IBM site’s owner suing for lower assessment

The ongoing power struggle between the Town of Ulster and local commercial and light-industrial campus TechCity is still going strong, with the latter recently heading back to court to seek significant assessment reductions for the past three years. With trial court arguments already completed, attorneys representing both sides will have 30 days after the receipt...
Rock-it fuel for girls: Gifts to inspire strength and independence

Rock-it fuel for girls: Gifts to inspire strength and independence

This is a gift-giving suggestion column designed to empower girls. Not to say that gender-neutral gifts aren’t awesome. Huffington Post has been running a column boasting that you can tell whether a toy is for a boy or a girl by the preference of the boy or girl holding it; in other words, if they...
Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

There were some tight races and there’ll be some new faces on Kingston’s Common Council come 2014. According to unofficial results Tuesday night, council Minority Leader Deb Brown will be the sole Republican on the council; the other eight seats will be held by Democrats. Here’s a ward-by-ward breakdown of how the ballots were cast:...
KidsPeace helps troubled kids from troubled homes find solutions

KidsPeace helps troubled kids from troubled homes find solutions

KidsPeace, a private charity housing and helping children and families with emotional and psychological issues since 1882 and in about a dozen states, has a local office near Kingston Plaza. From there, it coordinates foster care for families all over the region, but more than half the kids it places in homes for therapeutic foster...
The music in Sue: Lake Katrine’s Lichtenberg recalls a tuneful teaching life

The music in Sue: Lake Katrine’s Lichtenberg recalls a tuneful teaching life

Former Marlboro High School and New Paltz Middle School bandleader Sue Lichtenberg was locally produced. She was born and bred in Lake Katrine, and has spent her entire existence immersed in the sound of music. She is bold, brainy, animated and sharp-witted. When she conducts the orchestra, she flails, twitches and shakes as though trying...
Quigley’s (almost) everybody’s pick

Quigley’s (almost) everybody’s pick

The Town of Ulster’s Republican caucus last week saw Supervisor James E. Quigley, III, move one step closer to keeping his seat for a third two-year term. Republicans also chose first-time candidate Andrew Stavropoulos and incumbent Councilman John Morrow to fill out the party slate in November. Both town GOPers and Democrats passed on re-nominating...