Election 2014: Gibson and Eldridge talk Catskills issues

Above: Chris Gibson, the Republican incumbent (left) and Sean Eldridge, the Democratic challenger (right).

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters go to the polls to decide who will win the race for New York's 19th Congressional District: incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Gibson or Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge.

Gibson, who was first elected in 2010, once represented a territory that was solidly Republican. But after New York's congressional lines were redrawn in 2012, his district shifted to include some of the left-leaning Hudson Valley lowlands once represented by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

The new 19th District is now a swing district. Democrat Barack Obama won it in the 2012 presidential race, but Republican Gibson beat Democrat Julian Schreibman for its congressional seat that same year.  Read more

Halloween in the Catskills: Part 2

Above: A ghoulish performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins is slated for 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 31.

Halloween is a whole week of festivities this year. The fearsome fun began last weekend and continues through the big day itself on Friday, Oct. 31 and beyond.

Here's our guide to Catskills Halloween events for Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

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Left: A demon wolf is ready to scare visitors to a haunted house in Hancock. 

On Friday, Oct. 31, come out to Walton for the 3rd Annual Knight in the Castle Halloween Party and Dance at the Castle on the Delaware. It’s an atmospheric night of dancing to Blues Maneuver, and there’s a buffet.  Read more

Associate Lab Microbiologist - NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Salary Range: $61,238.00 - $80,883.00 (Annual)
Work Location: 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY

Working in the Watershed Water Quality Operations, in the Kingston Pathogen Laboratory, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will report to the Assistant Laboratory Director and will be responsible for assisting in the analysis of pathogens in water supply samples.

Under general supervision, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will be responsible for the analysis of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and viruses in watershed samples, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis and Cryptosporidium infectivity studies. Additional tasks include: maintaining data and files and working with the Laboratory Information Management System to ensure all records are complete; performing routine laboratory quality control procedures; participating in research projects, including method development. The candidate will comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety (EH&S) laws and regulations, and DEP’s policies and procedures.

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Post-season swimming hole

On Oct. 10, Watershed Post reader Tim Cox visited Blue Hole, a legendary swimming hole in the Ulster County hamlet of Sundown, and shared his shot in our Flickr Pool. (No word on whether he took a dip.) 

HealthAlliance Foundation’s Vampire Ball a ‘Treat’ for local hospital

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KINGSTON -- The HealthAlliance Foundation’s Vampire Ball Halloween Party brought in more than $43,000, including $8,000 in in-kind gifts, the foundation said Wednesday.

The money -- from party admission fees, sponsorships, a silent auction and sales of donated Tonner Doll Co. dolls -- will support HealthAlliance healthcare programs, services and facilities in Kingston “wherever the need is greatest,” said foundation relations Director Cheryl McKeever.

The foundation has already pledged more than $423,000 to the hospital this year, McKeever said. Gifts included an upgrade to the cardiology unit’s biotelemetry system to monitor patients’ vital signs, wireless workstations on wheels for nurses and a teddy bear clinic in the Broadway Campus’ Emergency Department, where children can take an “injured” teddy bear through a series of play medical stations, including a mock X-ray, with HealthAlliance nurses.

HealthAlliance operates two Kingston hospital campuses, on Broadway and Mary’s Avenue.

Saturday night’s wickedly fun costume party, at the chillingly decorated Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club Village in Saugerties, attracted 168 guests, McKeever said.  Read more

Police: Man who held girlfriend hostage breaks into her home

Left: James D. Garcia, in a mugshot issued by the New York State Police.

James D. Garcia, a 22-year-old Monroe man who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage with a knife while driving, has been arrested again on charges of breaking into her home, according to the New York State Police. 

At 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, Garcia allegedly broke a living room window at the his ex-girlfrend's home in the Ulster County town of Woodstock, said Steven Nevel, a spokesman for the New York State Police.

Garcia then entered his ex-girlfriend's home and waited there, according to a State Police press release  Read more

Boiceville sculptor's "Stargate" installed in Baltimore museum

Above: "Stargate," a sculpture by Boiceville artist Steve Heller, installed in the sculpture garden of Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Martha Frankel.

A Boiceville sculptor has just returned from Baltimore, where he helped install his “Stargate”—a massive metalwork crafted mostly of upcycled vintage auto parts—in a prime location at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

Left: Heller next to his sculpture of a guitar made out of a 1953 Pontiac. Photo via the Fabulous Furniture website

Perhaps it was written in the stars. Steve Heller, the creative force behind Fabulous Furniture, a furniture store based in the Ulster County hamlet of Boiceville since 1971, is passionate about automobiles, dinosaurs and rocket ships. Drivers passing his workshop on Route 28 can see some of his creations, including a silver Dodge Magnum licked with green flames called the “Cro-Magnum” and a large silver rocket labelled “Roswell or Bust.”

Deep space travel via wormholes is a logical extension.  Read more

Woodstock man arrested for robbery of Hess station

Above: An image of the robber distributed by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-six-year-old Cassidy L. B. Buckley was arrested early on Friday, Oct. 24 on charges of robbing a Hess Mart in the Town of Ulster on Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Department.

Following up on a tip, detectives received a search warrant for Buckley's Woodstock residence, and searched the home early Friday morning. They reportedly found enough evidence to charge him with the Hess robbery, as well as stolen firearms from another robbery. That robbery is being investigated by another police department.

Buckley was charged with felony robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and grand larceny. He was also charged with two misdemeanors for the stolen firearms.

Buckley was arraigned in Woodstock Town Court and was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in on $100,000 cash bail.  Read more

This weekend: Halloween in the Catskills, Part 1

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Above: A promo for Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz's annual spookfest, featuring "Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Murder Mystery parties at the Deyo House." Tours, spirit readings and ghost stories all weekend.  

It’s the darkening evening of the year, and the veil between the worlds has thinned. Venture out into the mountains and valleys for some resonant Halloween fun, costumed or otherwise, beginning this weekend. There’s a little of everything going on, whether you’re looking for pumpkins and not-too-scary spirits for the little guys, contemplative historic ghost-walks, or smokin’ hot dance parties into the wheeee hours.

Here’s our guide to the fearsome and frolicsome times for Oct. 24 - Oct. 26. We'll have another one next week, to cover the many festivities scheduled across the Catskills for Halloween itself. 

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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. 


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