Green Economy Program This Friday

The Hudson Valley Progressive Coalition is having an event this Friday, March 6 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Backstage Studio Productions (323 Wall Street in Kingston). The title of the program is “Federal Stimulus, Local Strategies: Building a Green Economy in the Mid Hudson Valley.”

The program should be a “must attend” for anyone who sees the role of a green economy in these new macro-economic realities as a high priority.

To learn more about the stimulus package, which includes policy changes and a high-speed rail system, check out this New York Times page.

To RSVP to HVPC event, email Vicki Stockard at

— Arthur Zaczkiewicz

High Honors for Jazz Students

The Freeman reports today that the Kingston High School Jazz Ensemble is “one of 15 school jazz bands from across the country to qualify as finalists for this year’s prestigious 14th annual Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City.”

The students will compete with other ensembles, and attend workshops. The program/festival culminates with a performance. Read the article here. To read more about the festival, click here.