The Town of Kingston planning board crossed several thresholds at its long-anticipated July 15 continuation of a recessed public hearing on Thomas Auringer’s proposal to build a half-million square foot manufacturing facility off Route 28 on property surrounded by the Bluestone Wild Forest and associated conservation lands recently purchased by the Open Space Institute.
Less than a month away from its much-heralded 50th anniversary, the effort to stage a Woodstock Festival suffered what could be a final blow.
The Woodstock Artist Association’s 100th Anniversary heats up again in the coming week as it heads towards its big Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 20, complete with cake and ice cream party in a tent out back of the classic building just off the Village Green.
Pete Mauney lives in Tivoli, watches the night sky, and makes art out of the sort of wonderings so many of us have each summer. His solo exhibition opening at the Kleinert/James Arts Center this week, Pete Mauney: Nocturnal Transmissions, captures that moment when fireflies appear to morph into stars; the vivid visual arrays some of us take our kids to see, when very young, at airports; as well as that special beauty which occurs when we closely watch a singular stretch of landscape for a long time.
Selina Woodstock, formerly The Lodge, has started renovations prematurely according to a ruling from the Woodstock Zoning Board of Appeals, announced Thursday, June 27. More importantly, the ZBA decision written by member Gordon Wemp and okayed on a 4-1 vote of the board says that the town code enforcement officer, Ellen Casciaro, was in the wrong when she issued two new building permits for The Lodge/Selina in late March, when she said she had the right to revoke past stop work orders and orders to remedy at her own prerogative.
Sometimes, land-use issues are major, involving large developments that will permanently change a community. Other times, they are small and involve only neighbors. What the latter lacks in wider impact it makes up for in the intensity of feeling among those affected.
The latest plan calls for a smaller-sized festival to take place outside Syracuse, but nothing is for sure.
The Supreme Court case that’s pitched public access television pioneer DeeDee Halleck, a long time Woodstocker, against the New York City-designated nonprofit that administers its public access channels was decided against her this week in a 5-4 decision, with the Court’s newest member Brett Kavanagh writing the majority opinion.
The proposed plant on Rt. 28 in the town of Kingston is surrounded by a state forest. The developer says the impact would be low because the site is zoned industrial and was formerly occupied by a mining operation.
The festival is still a go, but the clock is ticking.