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Upstate Films reopens, gloriously

Upstate Films reopens, gloriously

The theater has been spruced up, in addition to the invisible improvements such as an upgraded HVAC system, but it’s still quite homey and recognizable. There are new carpets, a modernized lobby (with real-butter popcorn machine left intact, thankfully), big letters on the end of each row of seats so you can find your socially distanced spot easily in low light. The most noticeable change lies at your feet, right in front of the entrance: a brand-new mosaic that reads, “Upstate Films, Est. 1972,” topped by a star. Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got Rhinebeck?

New “super” Stewart’s in New Paltz plans grand opening

New “super” Stewart’s in New Paltz plans grand opening

The new, significantly larger Stewart’s – dubbed the “super Stewart’s” by village building inspector Cory Wirthmann – is located at the corner of North Chestnut Street and Henry W. Dubois Drive, a few hundred yards south of the previous store. A new light traffic light has been installed at the intersection and the doors are open. Next up: A grand opening, this Friday, June 25, complete with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. and specials on Stewart’s staples.

Dozens speak out against Rt. 28 manufacturing plants proposed next to wild forest 

Dozens speak out against Rt. 28 manufacturing plants proposed next to wild forest 

Monday, June 21 was the first time in more than a year that the public had the opportunity to weigh in on a proposal to construct two cement and steel fabrication plants on Route 28, a few hundred feet from Onteora Lake and Pickerel Pond in the 3000-acre Bluestone Wild Forest. And weigh in they did. More than one hundred members of the public logged on to a virtual meeting of the Town of Kingston Planning Board that evening, and dozens spoke, with all but two opposing the project due to its environmental impacts.