Concerns over development of the former West Hurley School drew a standing-room-only crowd to the West Hurley Firehouse Tuesday night, March 19, with local residents listing reports of slumlord charges against developer Kerry Danenberg from New York City tenants, citizen action groups, city building inspectors, and news publications while simultaneously asking town leaders to help them fight the proposed project.
Current ethical concerns came to the Town of Hurley in recent months as a town employee went to town officials charging highway superintendent Mike Shultis with making an anti-Semitic remark in their presence at work in the Hurley highway department.
Former West Hurley fire department chief David Gutierrez and current commissioner Michael “Bucky” VanValkenburgh, a former chairman for the West Hurley Fire District, each pleaded guilty in Hurley Town Court, Tuesday night, March 19, to official misconduct following their earlier arrests for using fire district resources to support Woodstock Landscaping & Excavating, a business belonging to Gutierrez’ wife.
The full lineup for this summer’s Woodstock 50 festival has been announced. Scheduled for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, the festival is promoter Michael Lang’s anniversary event marking the original Aquarian Festival from 1969. The event will have three stages and three smaller “neighborhoods,” each with their own food and programming and “glamping” opportunities.
Woodstock manufacturer Ametek Rotron is planning to spend some time before the planning board this coming year. It will be the first time the international company with defense industry contracts will be in the local news for more than a decade of its 70-year history.
As with all fire commissioner meetings for the past year, ever since former board chair Van Valkenburgh tried pushing through the sale of several department fire vehicles and purchase of used replacements, the large crowd in attendance was rankled, and loud about it.
The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum continues its centennial year celebration with the opening of a new host of exhibits this Saturday, March 9, that celebrate the freshness and diversity of creation that’s been at play within the organization since its founding by a mix of traditional and younger artists in 1919.
The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments from attorneys on either side of a First Amendment issue involving Woodstock resident and public access television pioneer and activist DeeDee Halleck this past Monday, February 25.
There’s a restful quality to the chiaroscuro of Renee Zhang’s 8 inch by 6 inch linoleum block print Banana Leaves, chosen by The Woodstock School of Art as its 2019 Annual Print. Despite the graphic stillness of the image, one senses wind in the darkness, quieted before a storm. It fits the times, now, but also demonstrates the acumen of a singular new talent.
Civil-rights photographer and Hudson Valley resident Jim Peppler served the cause of freedom.