What if a public body advertised and held an annual hearing about an important policy and no one showed up to suggest changes? And then people complained about the implementation of the unchanged policy, going so far as to accuse the members of the public body of being corrupt? That’s what’s been going on in Ulster County.
Thursday, July 26: It’s an endless tug-of-war that Woodstockers wage – even more so in the digital age – but someone, everyone, needs to do it. On Thursday evening, local producer/director and documentary filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss will host a multimedia event at the Woodstock Playhouse that will give some sense of the value of what is always endangered.
A congressional district where a decade ago less than a million dollars was being spent every two years is this year facing $20 million and probably more in political spending on the general election.
Science and engineering dean Dan Freedman is convinced that 3D manufacturing will continue to have a major impact “on any industry where you make things.” In manufacturing, it’s a design tool, he says, applicable to a very wide variety of problems and a variety of situations.
How do you embrace change in a small city that’s been around for a long time? Carefully. Very carefully, with the ideas of lots and lots of different people.
Hipster clubhouse or birthplace for disruptive change? Or both? The former Kingston headquarters building of the Girl Scouts Hearts of the Hudson, Inc., on the corner of Clinton Avenue and St. James Street on the fringe of Uptown Kingston, was purchased in early May by the Good Work Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit originally spun off from Etsy.
Seeing so many of our near-adult children seek fame and fortune in New York City, we in the Hudson Valley sometimes neglect the traffic coming the other way. Aren’t these newcomers also seeking more successful lives? Without these folks, there’d be a much less vibrant and less pricey market for real estate.
On a recent Monday evening in New Paltz, a quasi-governmental county agency, several of whose members were so new they hadn’t yet met each other, held a public hearing on a scaled-back $42-million project which still has a lot of loose ends. Of the 15 or so speakers, most were supportive of the package of standard IDA tax breaks for Wildberry Lodge. If anyone had expected a community eruption in New Paltz of the kind that had greeted the ill-fated Wilmorite student-housing proposal a few years ago, they were doomed to be disappointed.
Saturday, June 9: The Pussy Galore husband-and-wife team of Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez are bringing their band Boss Hog and its mix of blues, noise and provocation to Club Helsinki in Hudson. Welcome your new neighbors.
Eric and Joseph Cafaro, father and son, have been working to create a restaurant with authentic Italian fare in the middle of the Stockade neighborhood in Kingston.