Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hooley on Hudson Festival this Weekend in Kingston

The 9th Annual Hooley on Hudson will take place this Sunday, September 5th in the Rondout.

Read all about it by following this LINK.

Ulster County Transportation Council Meets August 31st, 2010

The next Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, August 31st 2010. It will be held at the SUNY Ulster Campus, Howard St. John Conference Room, Clinton Hall, Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge, NY. from 10:00am – 11:30am.

To see the complete meeting agenda, visit this LINK

If you have any questions, please contact either Dennis Doyle or Bill Tobin at (845) 340-3340.

16th Annual Soapbox Derby in Kingston

It’s here!

The 16th Annual Soapbox Derby takes place tomorrow (Sunday), August 22nd 2010 at 1:00pm.

Anyone else wonder how Nancy Donskoj does it all? Give her a hand by making any size donation. You’ll find a ‘How You Can Help’ link at the website.

CAC Holds Visioning Session

By Valeria A. Gheorghiu

This past Thursday, the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) hosted a Public Visioning Session on August 19, 2010 to plan implementation of the recently passed Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Pledge.  With public participation, the Pledge aims to reduce Kingston’s electricity use by 15% by 2015 while simultaneously developing a green economy. Continue reading

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Kingston’s Annual Bluestone Festival at the Maritime Museum in October

By Rebecca Martin

How many of you are familiar with the city of Kingston’s Bluestone and its history? Whether you are a novice or an expert on the subject, plan on visiting the annual Bluestone Festival on Sunday, October 3rd at the Maritime Museum in Kingston. was able to have a quick sit down with organizer Ed Pell on how you can participate and what you can expect this year. Continue reading

Kingston Residents: Interested in Helping to Developing Walking and Biking Trails in Ulster County?

By Liz Lipton

For residents who are interested in developing walking and biking trails in Ulster County, here is a LINK to American Trails’ Web page with 50+  articles/ research studies on the economic benefits of such trails.

This Web page includes links to studies in the following categories: “Tourism,” “Benefits,” “Business,” “Valuing Trails,” and “Studies.” Here is a sampling of the studies listed in their respective categories.  Some of the studies in “Valuing Trails” and “Studies” are of particular interest to those concerned with property values. Continue reading

Imagining ‘Pop-up Stores’ in Kingston

By Arthur Zaczkiewicz

There’s an interesting Q&A story in the Watershed Post about a project aimed at re-imagining empty storefronts in the town of Roxbury. Designers are beginning work on creating “fantasy” retail spaces on Main Street, which will be open to the public for a month. The article is an interview with the mastermind behind the effort, architect Andrew Williams. Read about it here. Continue reading

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Carnegie Library Groundbreaking for Construction TODAY

By Rebecca Martin

Today at 2:00pm (Wednesday, August 18th) there is a groundbreaking for construction at the Kingston High School campus at 403 Broadway.

Read the press release HERE and see you there.

Five Guys Named Top Burger

Fresh off the presses is Zagat’s fast food survey, which names Five Guys Burgers and Fries as its top choice in the U.S. — beating out California-based In-N-Out Burger as well as McDonald’s, Burger King and a host of other chains. After the news item here hit the wires, there was a flurry of inquisitions for where Five Guys is located. It turned into a top search on Yahoo! by Tuesday afternoon. All anyone knew about the fast food chain was that our President enjoyed the food there once. And you know what? We’ve got a Five Guys right here in Kingston, on Ulster Avenue by the mall.

Last year when it opened, I told a friend who frequents one in New York City. He says the line out the door of the joint is a block long during lunchtime. No wonder.

— Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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Free Bike Tour of Community and School Gardens

Join the Kingston City Gardens Coalition on a free bike tour through historic Kingston to see community and school gardens – as well as potential sites for gardens – this Sunday, August 22 at 10 a.m. The tour starts at Forsyth Nature Center and ends down on the Rondout in time to enjoy the annual Soap Box Derby. The tour is a great way to see the gardens and learn some Kingston history while also avoiding the traffic congestion of the annual derby.

Anyone interested in joining the tour should have a bike in good working order and a helmet as well as food and water. Please meet near the entrance to the Forsyth Nature Center promptly at 10 a.m. No reservations are necessary.

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