Kingston

O+ was founded in 2010 in Kingston, NY by a small group of artists-activists, doctors and a dentist. It is now a national nonprofit working in cities around the country that builds long-term relationships between creatives and health & wellness providers to help strengthen local communities. 

Their year-round efforts culminate in one-day and weekend-long celebrations, during which underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers.

This year’s O+ Festival in Kingston takes place October 6-8 and the line-up includes Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Palmer, San Francisco-based rock band Deerhoof, songwriter/guitarist Steve Gunn of Brooklyn, New York's White Hills, Baltimore rap artist Abdu Ali along with local favorites The Mammals and The Big Takeover.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Kingston Wednesday, announcing that the city is a winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The award of $10 million in funding and investments will go toward invigorating the city’s Stockade District.

DACA Supporters Rally In Kingston

Sep 5, 2017
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While the Trump administration was announcing an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition held a rally in front of Republican New York Congressman John Faso’s Kingston office decrying the move. About 100 people turned out, many waving signs, calling on Faso to more strongly back up his stated support for addressing DACA legislatively.

Jane's Ice Cream

Jul 31, 2017

Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream, founded by sisters Jane and Amy Keller, has grown from their humble beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, NY, into a regional ice cream powerhouse.

Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s toniest hotels and restaurants, including the New York Palace Hotel and the Carlyle Hotel.

Jane’s is run by husband and wife team Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi and they join us this morning. We are also joined by their granddaughter Arriella Guidubaldi.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on: The People's Place is a thrift store and food pantry located in Kingston NY. Founded in 1972, their mission is to feed, clothe and respond to the essential needs of the people in Ulster County with kindness, compassion and the preservation of human dignity.

We are joined by Tim Hurley, Board President and Christine Hein, Executive Director.

This Thursday, April 6th, Jazzstock will present a CD release concert for Teri Roiger’s new record, Ghost of Yesterday: Shades of Lady Day as part of its concert series, “Jazz at The Senate Garage” on North Front Street in Kingston, NY.

Later this month Jazzstock will present performances by Joe Lovano on April 15th and The Joey Alexander Trio on April 21st.

We are joined by Jazzstock-ers Teri Roiger and John Menegon.

Kingston Residents Hold Congressional Town Hall Without Faso

Feb 25, 2017
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Earlier this week, constituents in New York’s North Country held a town hall without their congressional representative, Republican Elise Stefanik. Organized by a progressive group on Friday, residents of Republican Congressman John Faso’s 19th District  did the same in Kingston.

HV Digs Out Of Major Snowstorm

Feb 9, 2017
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By mid-afternoon, the storm that left more than a foot of snow in some parts of the Hudson Valley had either ended or been reduced to flurries. Still, officials are urging caution on the roads, especially with any icing tonight amid frigid temperatures.

NYSERDA Declares Kingston A Clean Energy Community

Jan 29, 2017

A New York state agency has designated Kingston a Clean Energy Community, the first city in the state to earn the title. The initiative is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision. 

Kingston’s mayor is proposing a resolution that stops short of a sanctuary city designation. But it does affirm Kingston as a welcoming and inclusive city. His resolution comes before a Common Council committee Tuesday night, after a number of faith groups, community organizations and individuals expressed concern about civil and human rights under the incoming Trump administration.

Alton Brown is the author of the James Beard award winning, I’m Just Here for the Food, and the New York Times bestselling sequence, Good Eats, and host of TV’s Cutthroat Kitchen, Camp Cutthroat, Iron Chef America and Good Eats on Food Network.

His new live show Eat Your Science is a follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour. Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments.

The show will be at UPAC in Kingston, NY on Thursday, November 17 at 8:00 pm before it plays Broadway's Barrymore Theatre November 22-27.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art and music that creates a bridge to access health care for artists. O+ fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting artists directly with a coalition of health care providers and health resources, in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community.

O+ was founded in 2010 in Kingston, NY – the idea has caught on and festivals have now taken place in cities all across the country. This year’s festival in Kingston takes place October 7th, 8th, and 9th.

To tell us about this year's highlights – we are joined by: Nurse-in-charge Shannon Light, pop-up clinic director; Rocket Scientist Micah Blumenthal, creative director and co-curator of music; and Art Witch Denise Orzo, art director.

Kingston Launches Shuttle Service

Aug 13, 2016
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A new shuttle service begins Saturday in Kingston.

  Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream, founded by sisters Jane and Amy Keller, has grown from their humble beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, NY, into a regional ice cream powerhouse.

Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s toniest hotels and restaurants, including the New York Palace Hotel and the Carlyle Hotel.

This year they’ve even connected with the only thing currently more popular than ice cream – Hamilton: An American Musical.

Jane’s is run by husband and wife team Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi and they join us this morning.

  18-year-old Diggy Lessard is a senior at Woodstock Day School and he had created just about the coolest senior project we’ve ever heard of: Modern Vaudeville will tell the story of James Hurst’s "The Scarlet Ibis" through music, dance, and comedy in a one-night only variety show at BSP Lounge in Kingston, New York on May 22nd.

The event will benefit Woodstock Day School’s music programs and Diggy joins us now along with his father, Stefan Lessard – who happens to be the bassist for the Dave Matthews Band.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

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One day after results from a test of drinking water at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston officials released their own results.

The mayor of Kingston Monday announced the launch of an outreach campaign to market the city. Kingston Mayor Steve Noble says the “Welcome to Our Hometown” outreach campaign kicks off with the creation of the 2016 Kingston Visitors Guide. He wants local residents engaged in showcasing why people want to visit as well as live and work in Kingston and invites them to submit photos for the guide along with for the city’s website, social media platforms and other tools. Photos from different time periods, of special events, architecture and natural landscapes are encouraged.

City Hall in Kingston was filled to capacity Friday, as well-wishers flocked to greet incoming Mayor Steve Noble, who took the oath of office on the first day of the year.

Sarah McLachlan At UPAC

Nov 25, 2015
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  Three time Grammy winning folk-pop singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan is best known for her emotional ballads, including "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia" , "Possession", "Building a Mystery" and "Angel."

She founded the concert festival Lilith Fair, and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She will perform at UPAC in Kingston, NY on Sunday, November 29th.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art and music that creates a bridge to access health care for artists. O+ fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting artists directly with a coalition of health care providers and health resources, in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community.

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Over 1,000 people attended the dedication of a new War Memorial outside the Ulster County Office Building in Uptown Kingston, New York on Sunday afternoon. The Roll of Honor consists of five black polished granite slabs, etched with the names of residents who perished in every American conflict.

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  On Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 PM Garry Kvistad will present The Harmonic Orchestra: NEXUS, Prana and Paul Winter at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kingston, NY as part of the 47th Annual Ulster Chamber Music Series.

Garry Kvistad, Grammy winner and member of NEXUS, a world renowned percussion ensemble, and founder of Woodstock Chimes, will host seven time Grammy winner, Paul Winter and Prana (Overtone Singers) for an amazing collaboration and extraordinary musical event.

Garry Kvistad joins us to tell us more.

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In New York, a city environmental educator has launched a campaign to run for mayor of Kingston.

City of Kingston Environmental Educator Steve Noble stood in Tony’s Pizzeria Saturday and announced a bid to run for mayor.  Noble's "OneKingston" campaign emphasizes infrastructure, economic development, government reform, and open communication.

“I’ve been working to make this city a better place,” says Noble. “And I am committed to working even harder to make this the best place for my family and for each of your families to live and be successful.”

Locally-Shot Movie To Screen In Kingston Sunday

Mar 7, 2015
Courtesy of The Sisterhood of the Night

A movie filmed entirely on location in Kingston will be screened Sunday afternoon in the city.

“The Sisterhood of Night," prior to its theatrical debut this April, will be shown at BSP on Wall Street in Kingston Sunday afternoon at 2. Lydia Dean Pilcher helped produce the film.

“And it’s a mystery about a group of teenage girls who get fed up with social media and decide to go off the grid,” says Pilcher.

    

  Kingston’s Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History is sponsoring the second annual Kingston Community Block Party on June 8th from noon to 4pm at Kingston's T.R. Gallo West Strand Park. The multicultural festival is a free, family-friendly, multicultural festival which will feature live ethnic music, dance and comedy, along with handicrafts and children’s activities, including arts and crafts, games, singing and storytelling.

Here to tell us more are Geoff Miller, chairman of Kingston’s Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, and Gerry Harrington.

Flooding Task Force Issues Findings For Kingston

Nov 20, 2013
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A task force has come up with recommendations for the city of Kingston, New York on how to develop an action plan to make the city’s waterfront more resilient in the face of future storms.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo appointed the Waterfront Flooding Task Force in December 2012 to study and recommend actions in response to severe flooding on the Rondout and Hudson River waterfront from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. He says the following has emerged.

    The 4th Annual O+ Festival is taking place in Kingston, NY this coming weekend.

The O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of music, arts and wellness. O+ participating artists exchange their contributions for health and wellness services from art-loving doctors, dentists, and other medical providers at the O+ Pop-up Clinic during the festival.

  Joe Concra is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the O+ Festival and he joins with more information about the festival and shares songs for performing bands.

    Chronogram magazine, launched in 1993 to chronicle life in the Hudson Valley, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a massive Block Party on Saturday.

The Block Party will provide entertainment for Chronogram fans of all ages. For the kids: A DIY art tent, popular children’s band Dog on Fleas, and a dunking booth to benefit the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. For the adults: swing dancing with Got2Lindy, a beer and wine garden and an after-hours masquerade dance party at BSP Lounge.

Chronogram Editorial Director, Brian Mahoney, joins us to tell us more.

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Environmental group Riverkeeper is accusing City of Kingston officials of violating New York’s new Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. Kingston’s mayor disagrees.

Tracy Brown, a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper, describes New York State’s new law.

She says in the case of Kingston, the discharge into Twaalfskill Brook, a tributary of Rondout Creek, was reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by July 8, but not to the public until July 16, and via a press release. Here’s Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

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