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Faces of Kingston: Nardia Bennett

Faces of Kingston: Nardia Bennett

This week we are going to talk to Kingston resident Nardia Bennett, a 31-year-old volunteer for Citizen Action who graciously shared some time afterwards to talk to me. She told stories me about seven instances of things she had experienced within our own city she believed to have racist motivations within the past year alone. I wish I could fit our whole conversation but wanted to share as much as I could.

Faces of Kingston: Donald Shumen

Faces of Kingston: Donald Shumen

Donald Shumen was born in 1961 and has been part of Kingston ever since. That’s a lot of expertise on our lovely and lively city. I recently had a great shopping experience at Mike’s Office Furniture at 299 South Wall St. and knew that the friendly co-owner would make a great interview for the latest installment of Faces of Kingston. 

Volunteering is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley

Volunteering is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley

America has always been a society of joiners, and it was in that spirit that Ulster County executive Pat Ryan last Friday signed resolutions at the historic Volunteer Fireman’s Hall on Fair Street in Kingston to authorize up to $6.2 million in bonding for construction of a public safety training center on Ulster Landing Park in the Town of Ulster.

Tenants mobilize in the Hudson Valley and beyond

Tenants mobilize in the Hudson Valley and beyond

A Nassau County-based real estate company has been expanding its holdings in the Hudson Valley and some tenants are not happy. The conflict is playing out against a backdrop of concerns about gentrification and renewed activism among renters which has already resulted in the passage of a state law increasing tenant protections.

Faces of Kingston: Ejay Bell

Faces of Kingston: Ejay Bell

This week we are going to meet Ejay Bell, a chill person who is a 28-year-old local comedian with a very sharp wit on stage, not to mention a big heart that holds a lot of love for the community.