Drunk driver repeatedly backed into cop car, police say

A 49-year-old man who didn’t have a driver’s license repeatedly backed into a police car when Shandaken police tried to stop him from driving drunk in Phoenicia on Monday, March 2, police say.

Kenneth A. Jackson was attempting to drive in an “intoxicated condition” on Route 214 in Phoenicia when police were called to the scene, according to a press release from the town of Shandaken police department.

When a marked Shandaken police car blocked Jackson in, Jackson reportedly drove into it, “causing damage while police were trying to remove him from the vehicle.”

Jackson was arrested on Wednesday, March 4 and charged with misdemeanor second degree reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was also charged with unsafe backing and unlicensed operator violations.

Jackson was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court and is being held in the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

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For over 5 consecutive years, Mountainside Residential Care Center has received the very prestigious 5-Star rating, in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue. It has also received a 5-Star rating from Medicare’s “Nursing Home Compare”, which places Mountainside in the top 10% of nursing homes nationwide!

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Serial Brooklyn entrepreneurs open Glass Mountain Inn in Phoenicia

Above: Brooke Baxter Bailey and Jeff Bailey at the Woodstok Flea Market. Photo by Alexandra Marvar. 

Before leaving Williamsburg for the Catskills, Brooke Baxter Bailey and Jeff Bailey were involved in a series of Broooklyn-based experimental spaces: an alt-performance-art space called Glasslands (described by Gothamist magazine as “one of the city’s best down-and-dirty performance spaces”), a piano bar in Greenpoint and Whirlybird, which Brooklyn Magazine called “Williamsburg’s premiere Austin-style breakfast taco joint.”

In 2014, the couple closed their Brooklyn businesses and moved upstate full-time with a young daughter in tow. They bought a property in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia, a five-minute walk up Route 214 from Main Street.   Read more

In visit to Roxbury, state officials vow faster Internet for rural NY

Above: New York State Broadband Program director David Salway, left, talks with Greg Henderson, middle, the owner of the Roxbury Motel, and Angela Liotta, right, the state's Broadband Outreach Director, on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

In his draft budget for the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an ambitious goal: high-speed internet for everyone, including in rural areas like the Catskills, by 2019. Greene County, in the Catskills, has the worst broadband access in the entire state, according to statistics released by the governor’s office.   Read more

Join Pure Catskills by March 27 to get in the Guide

Join by March 27 to be featured in the 2015- 2016 Pure Catskills Guide. Simply send a $35 payment by mail today: Make checks payable to “WAC” and mail to Watershed Agricultural Council, Attn: Pure Catskills, 44 West Street, Walton, NY 13856 OR pay online here:

Questions about membership? Contact Kristan Morley, Farm to Market Manager at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) or (607) 865‐7090.

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March 4, 2015 - 4:00pm

Ongoing holistic wellness clinic to help recovery from the disasters our communities have weathered. Providing Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Matrix Energetics, Somatic Experiencing, EFT, Homeopathy, Reflexology, Sound Healing, and more!

LOCATION: Parish Hall, Phoenicia, across from the Catholic Church on Main Street.

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As Phoenicia's Key Bank fire reignites, investigators silent on cause

This story has been updated with information from fire investigators. See bottom for new info. - Ed. 

The Key Bank building on Main Street Phoenicia that burned on Monday, Feb. 16 reignited briefly on Thursday, Feb. 19, prompting firefighters to respond to reports of smoke rising from the burnt-out structure, according to the Daily Freeman and sources at the scene. The re-ignition happened just before another fire began at a trailer nearby on Old Route 28, forcing firefighters to respond to both. 

Town and county officials have not released the results of the investigation into the cause of the fire at Key Bank, and have not responded to repeated requests by the Watershed Post about whether arson is suspected. 

Drez Jennings, a Vice President at Key Bank, said that the bank could not comment on the cause of the Key Bank fire or the fire's re-ignition.  Read more

Third large fire in one week burns in Shandaken

Above: Firefighters respond to a fire near Phoenicia Thursday, Feb. 19. Photo by Sara Loughlin.

A structure in the Ulster County town of Shandaken is on fire on Thursday, Feb. 19, according to eyewitnesses. 

A neighbor down the street reports that a large number of first responders began fighting a fire on Old Route 28 in Shandaken, just outside the hamlet of Phoenicia off Route 28, beginning around 5 p.m.

A passerby reported seeing a large column of smoke rising from a residential structure around that time. Scanner traffic indicates that a large number of Ulster County fire departments have been mustered to fight the blaze. 

The fire occurred in a metal trailer in Woodland Valley, and appeared to be under control by 7 p.m. Jay Braman at the Daily Freeman has more photos.   Read more

Key Bank in Phoenicia gutted by fire

Above: Firefighters on Phoenicia's Main Street, where a Key Bank building was destroyed by fire on Monday night. Photos by Lissa Harris.

The Key Bank building at 53 Main Street in Phoenicia was destroyed by fire on Monday night, Feb. 16, despite the efforts of about 100 local firefighters who showed up to battle the blaze.

Several local residents called 911 to report the fire around 9:33 p.m., said Phoenicia Fire Chief Gary Carr. The fire was brought under control quickly, and there were no injuries.

Firefighters from Phoenicia, Pine Hill, Big Indian, Fleischmanns, Olive, West Hurley and Woodstock companies responded to the fire, along with the Shandaken Ambulance Service and a Mobile Life support team.

For Carr and his crew, this was the second large fire in the past week. On Friday, Feb. 13, the company responded to a structure fire on West Street.

On the scene, Carr said that the building appeared to be a total loss, but the next day, Tuesday, Feb. 17, he said that the damage was not as bad as it had appeared in the dark.   Read more

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