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Saugerties couple reopen their restaurant for takeout after being trapped in Pakistan due to Covid 19

Saugerties couple reopen their restaurant for takeout after being trapped in Pakistan due to Covid 19

When Tahir Aziz and Rubina Mirza boarded a March 25 flight with three of their five children for a family wedding to their home country of Pakistan, they fully intended to return after the event to their restaurant, Bina’s Cafe on Partition Street in Saugerties. But it wasn’t easy. Restrictions on commercial flights leaving the country due to the outbreak of the pandemic extended their stay for nearly two months.

Woman’s body found in Saugerties creek

Woman’s body found in Saugerties creek

The corpse of a 48-year-old female was found floating in the Plattekill Creek, near the intersection of Route 212 and Old Route 212 on May 4 at approximately 10 a.m. and reported to local authorities. Saugerties police have ascertained her identity, but did not name her, citing an ongoing investigation.

Ulster County food-delivery program to shift from restaurant meals to groceries

Ulster County food-delivery program to shift from restaurant meals to groceries

As of May 4, 100,000 meals have been prepared and packaged through Project Resilience, an Ulster County initiative that has tapped over 150 restaurants to mass-produce hot meals for residents that have been impacted by COVID-19. The program, which has been underway since the beginning of March, will halt restaurant deliveries on May 16. But, the program will continue in an altered capacity in its “second phase.”

Local businesspeople help provide needed face masks

Local businesspeople help provide needed face masks

As we adjust our routines and expectations in this “new normal,” some businesspeople and manufacturers have diverted their resources and attentions to meet the demand for protective masks. Two of these are Bob Siracusano of Sawyer Motors  in Saugerties and Found My Animal CEO Bethany Obrecht in Kingston. 

Kingston parents charged in drowning of six-month-old

Kingston parents charged in drowning of six-month-old

Two Kingston parents face felony charges after their six-month-old child drowned while unsupervised in a running bathtub “for a substantial amount of time” yesterday evening. Jordan E. Balcom, 29, and Ashante D. Inniss, 26, were charged with criminally negligent homicide.

State will pitch in $500k for Saugerties Animal Shelter

State will pitch in $500k for Saugerties Animal Shelter

After being awarded a long-awaited state grant of $500,000 toward the cost of a brand-new shelter, daughter of shelter founder Marie Post and founder of the new Saugerties Animal Welfare Fund Adele Zinderman insists that all donated monies toward the total $1.8 million structure’s cost will go toward their intended purpose, despite a severe dip in donations that cover the living and surgical expenses of animals housed at the facility.