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After six years, Irish center gets green light

After six years, Irish center gets green light

The vote was met with cheers from the 20 or so supporters of the center who sat through the four-and-a-half-hour meeting to witness it. The unanimous decision by the board marked the end of a long and contentious approval process for a project that met strong opposition from some neighbors who expressed concern about the building’s scale and its impact on a largely residential street.

Down and out in Ulster County: While the number of homeless increases, a new strategy is being pursued

Down and out in Ulster County: While the number of homeless increases, a new strategy is being pursued

It’s been a cold winter, according to Kathy Germain, who’s in charge of housing services at Rupco and coordinator of the annual tabulation of Ulster County’s homeless numbers. Local social-service agencies involved in services for the homeless numbers say the numbers rose this past winter compared to the previous year. They don’t expect increased funding or services from the federal government.