Widely known in Ulster County and beyond as the prime pioneer of the Repair Café movement in the Hudson Valley, Wackman, age 69, died suddenly on Friday at his home in Kingston of an apparent heart attack.
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has announced an additional round of child-care funds to support school-aged, full-day programs in Ulster County. Project Resilience, with the assistance of United Way, allocated $72,000 in funding to the Center for Creative Education, The Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA, directly supporting scholarships to 218 youths throughout the winter. The scholarships include access to the internet and computers and support for remote learning.
Native to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Criswell first came to live in the Hudson Valley in the late 1980s, when he was studying theater and anthropology at Bard College, pursuing a fascination with “ritual theater.” He credits his liberal-arts education at Bard with providing him a toolbox for “problem-solving and figuring out how to make things happen.
“Folks are encouraged to read, listen, or watch—and they are also welcomed to just show up and be part of the conversation,” said an organizer. “There’s no test, no requirements, other than a sincere desire to be engaged in the work of antiracism.”
The next phase of Project Resilience will focus on supporting seniors through the expansion of temporary food assistance. The Ulster County Office for the Aging has an opportunity to feed over 1000 meals per week to seniors who had previously been on the waitlist due to a cap of state funding for senior meals. The Ulster County Office for the Aging has also received a donation to increase the number of meals that this program can deliver. Meal delivery for this program will run for at least twelve weeks.
If you’re in a bunker, with limited light and few possessions, and the world outside feels threatening, why not turn to the written page, that world between two ends, the jumping-off place: the plunge into page one?
The Arc Mid-Hudson has taken a major step toward making the arts accessible in every sense of the word to Midtowners, with the ribbon-cutting of the Cornell Creative Arts Center at 129 Cornell Street. Known for providing services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, the organization is committed to hosting a program of “supported” art classes in its new space.
Dec 12th, 11am to 4pm. Pet Photos With Santa. It’s the Ulster County SPCA’s Pet Photos With Santa! Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus by
For me, reading’s been better than ever this year. It’s helped me and many others find a means of accepting, even understanding, the anxieties caused by pandemic. It’s been an alternative to the battles over truth that have forced their ways into our political souls via journalism and the social media.
With the second wave of Covid-19 still building steam, upcoming holiday celebrations, which generally involve intergenerational, indoor gatherings lasting several hours or more, are coming under scrutiny. Public health officials are urging Americans to celebrate only with those in their household; in essence, to skip seeing extended family this year so that everyone will be around to see next year.