Suspect wanted for armed robbery of Hess station in the Town of Ulster

Above: An image of the suspect in a robbery of a Hess Mart in the town of Ulster. Via the Ulster County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a Hess Station in the town of Ulster on Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. The man is described as a white male in his twenties wearing a black leather jacket and a hoodie, according to the press release.

The suspect allegedly entered the Hess Mart at 841 Ulster Ave. at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night and, after chatting with the clerk, brandished a handgun and demanded cash and cigarettes, according to the press release. He then fled on foot toward Lay Street.

Police have released a photo of the suspect taken from the store's security cameras, which you can see above. 

Sharing school services is on the table again in western Catskills

Above: Andes Central School's tiny graduating class of 2014. Photo by Joe Damone of Joe Damone Photography

A long-stalled conversation about sharing school services is being revived at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, prompted by the departure of Margaretville Central School's superintendent this fall. 

The meeting, initially intended as a discussion about Margaretville's next superintendent, has become an impromptu regional summit on the painful issue of rising costs and declining enrollment in Catskills schools. Officials from four Catskills school systems in three counties will attend. 

No one in Margaretville has seriously considered sharing services since 2010, when a proposal to share sports teams with the neighboring Andes Central School caused an uproar.   Read more

The Boxcar Lilies Perform in Phoenicia

October 26, 2014 - 7:30pm
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Flying Cat Music presents The Boxcar Lilies, an exquisite women’s trio, in concert on Sunday, October 26, at the Empire State Railway Museum located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia. The show begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7:00. Admission is $15 or $13 with RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 845-688-9453.

The Boxcar Lilies are Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall, and Katie Clarke, all highly talented singer-songwriters, who met in 2009 and discovered a shared passion for three-part harmony. Each is blessed with a rich and expressive voice. It’s one of the secrets of The Boxcar Lilies’ potent vocal blend. Their music is far too earthy to be described as pretty, call it unabashedly lovely instead. Jenny, Stephanie, and Katie were individually well-established performers before forming a group four years ago. That pull toward harmony drew them together, and the sound of their union has since caused quite a stir.  Read more

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Ulster County Director Recognized for Community Contributions at Annual Luncheon

Regional housing innovator RUPCO recognizes an Ulster County Department Director for her contributions to supportive housing at its annual Community Lunch on October 30 at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties. Kelly McMullen, Director-Ulster County Office for the Aging, receives the Community Partner Award for her work with the elderly and special needs populations.

Kelly has worked for Ulster County for nearly 12 years.  After 11 years in the Ulster County’s Department of Mental Health (DOMH), Kelly was appointed as the Director of the County’s Office for the Aging (OA) by County Executive, Michael Hein, in April 2014. The OA supports seniors in maintaining their independence and to remain in their homes for as long as possible. At DOMH, McMullen oversaw Ulster County adult behavioral health services including case management and housing. “As an advocate for housing for low-income people with chronic health and mental health conditions, and now the elderly, my experience continues to reaffirm that safe and stable housing is critical to promoting health and mental health as well as to achieving and then sustaining a meaningful life,” notes McMullen.   Read more

Saugerties Resident Recognized for Lifetime Service Award at Community Lunch

SAUGERTIES, NY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 – Regional housing innovator RUPCO recognizes Georgette Hughes of Saugerties for her contributions at its annual Community Lunch on October 30 at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties. Hughes, RUPCO’s Operations Manager for 27 years, accepts RUPCO’s first-ever Lifetime Service Award for her mission-driven work behind the scenes. Hughes retires on November 30 after nearly three decades serving Ulster County’s housing and community Development needs.  Read more

New York Times' "Living City" explores NYC's water supply

Up here in the Catskills, in the heart of New York City's vast rural watershed, it's impossible to forget that one lives in the middle of the city's water supply. The city's huge reservoirs dominate the landscape. Watershed affairs dominate local politics. New York City's watershed police patrol along sleepy back roads a hundred miles from Manhattan.

For most downstate New Yorkers, though, water is just a thing that comes out of the tap. This week, the New York Times introduced its readers to their astonishing water system in "Living City," a video series that explores some of the wonders of urban engineering that make life in our nation's largest city possible.  Read more

Mount Tremper man sentenced for Boiceville bank robbery

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, 54-year-old Nicholas Liakis of Shandaken was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for robbing Community Bank on Route 28 in Boiceville in February.

Left: Nicholas Liakis, in a photo from the Ulster County District Attorney's office. 

According to a press release from Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright, Liakis was described as a “persistent violent felony offender” at the hearing.

Liakis has multiple bank robberies and holdups in New York City and Queens on his record, according to the Daily Freeman  Read more

This Weekend: The Woodstock Film Festival

Above: A trailer for I Believe in Unicorns, a film that was partially shot in the Hudson Valley. It is a featured film at this year's Woodstock Film Festival. 

The annual Woodstock Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 15, bringing big names -- actors Natalie Portman, Jennifer Connelly, Courteney Cox, and Melissa Leo, playwright Tony Kushner, director Darren Aronofsky (who directed Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan), and jazz musician Hugh Masekela -- to the Catskills and the Hudson Valley to talk film.

Lots of this year's events and panels are already sold out, including tonight's premiere screening of East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, a documentary about Israeli musician David Broza’s new album, made against the larger backdrop of tensions between Israel and Palestine. (Broza himself will be playing a set after the screening, along with singer-songwriter Steve Earle.)   Read more

O+ leaves its mark on Kingston

Last weekend's O+ Festival filled the city of Kingston with artists, musicians, and healthcare professionals, who swapped checkups for performances.

Some of the creativity was permanent: Singer-songwriter Jack Dishel and graffiti collective Vor138 left a permanent mark on the side of the Keegan Ales building on Saint James Street. Thanks to the O+ Festival for letting us share their photo.

HealthAlliance CEO to address healthcare changes - Oct. 15

KINGSTON -- HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Chief Executive Officer David Scarpino will speak at a YMCA public seminar 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15 about healthcare changes and how HealthAlliance is preparing for the future.

The free hourlong talk will be held in the gymnasium of the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, 507 Broadway in Kingston.

It will be the first of two free community seminars given by Scarpino at the Y. The second one, also in the gym, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18.

“Healthcare is changing and HealthAlliance is responding to make sure we consistently provide the best possible care to every patient, now and over the long term,” Scarpino said.

For more information about the talk, contact the Y at 845-338-3810 ext. 127.

About the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County

The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County is a private not-for-profit, community-based organization providing social, health, physical-education and recreation services to the residents of Ulster County.  Read more

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