Some participants in the Sunday drum circles on the village green in Woodstock have felt displaced by a Freedom First anti-mask group that set up a tent near drummers’ area. Deputy town supervisor Maria-Elena Conte expressed concern about intimidation at last week’s meeting of the town board.
Topics include: Mohonk Preserve hosts tenth annual Healthy Ulster Pass program; Gun drawn on officers; Kingston meters to resume this week and new parking app; Ashokan Rail Trail bike hike planned for August 7; and more.
Legislators are considering a scheme to sell the portion of the Golden Hill county property that includes the old jail to a developer for the purpose of creating housing. It would involve transferring the parcel to a local development corporation created for the purpose of identifying an appropriate developer to utilize it. Five “site concepts” have been received for converting the land to mixed-income housing. The Aug. 11 public hearing is needed before a determination can be made that the land is no longer needed for county purposes.
Woodstock’s planning board has agreed to drop its challenge to the Woodstock Library’s lead-agency status for the new building if it agrees to several conditions, including a review by the planning consultant.
Supervisor Bill McKenna recently ordered the area closed when the seasonal trash pileup become too much to handle for a maintenance department already stretched thin by pandemic-related cutbacks.
Topics include: Woodstock Library capital campaign website; Library trustee petitions available in Saugerties; Maya Gold Foundation hosts Global Teen Cultural Exchange; Town of Ulster Library election and budget info; and more.
The 85th annual Woodstock Open will continue its run on Monday, July 27 at the Woodstock Golf Club. This one-day golf tournament is believed to be the longest-running tourney in the country at one site for both professionals and amateurs. Past Woodstock Open fields have included Masters champions Gene Sarazen and Doug Ford.
“Our residents smiled and laughed as soon as they saw Frost through the lobby window,” said Samantha Cerero, recreation director at New Paltz Center. “Residents Anthony Mezzacapo and Stephen Larkin couldn’t wait for Frost to arrive, and when he did it was incredible!”
Anecdotal reports suggest a more dynamic future for Hudson Valley residential real estate than the data about the recent past has indicated. The next two months should test that hypothesis. Meanwhile, the rumor mill will rule.
A million-dollar plan to improve the northern 9.5-mile stretch of the Wallkill Valley rail-trail between Cragswood Road in New Paltz and Route 32 in the City of Kingston has been announced. The project is expected to improve overall public access to a protected section of the trail, establish additional safety measures for residents and visitors, and reinforce the Wallkill Valley rail-trail’s inclusion in the Empire State Trail.