Clermont site to kick off Christmas season Dec. 3 and 4

CLERMONT >> The Clermont State Historic Site's Christmas season begins Dec. 3 and 4 with "A Child's Christmas at Clermont."

Families can drop in with children from 10 a.m. to noon for a stocking-foot tour of the decorations and a story with the family's nursemaid at the foot of the Christmas tree in the oak-paneled library.

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Photo exhibit at Catskill Interpretive Center will celebrate national parks

MOUNT TREMPER >> A photo exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of American's national parks is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28.

The journey begins in Acadia National Park, then heads west, with photos of animals, birds and flowers set in mountain settings in the Southwest, Northwest and West.

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Restored 19th-century oil painting on display in New Paltz

NEW PALTZ >> Historic Huguenot Street is has announced the restoration of a 19th-century oil-on-canvas portrait of Deborah Bloomer DuBois, made possible with funds from the state Council on the Arts and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network Conservation Treatment Program.

The restored painting may be viewed at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot St.

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RUPCO seeks up to $600K to replace manufacture homes in Ulster County

KINGSTON >> Affordable housing agency RUPCO is applying for grant funding of up to $600,000 to replace aging manufactured homes in Ulster County.

RUPCO is identifying potential applicants with low to moderate incomes in need of home replacement. The program, if funded by the state Office of Housing and Community Renewal, would allow the complete replacement of six owner-occupied homes on personally owned properties.

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The water shortage

By Geddy Sveikauskas

“You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.”— Eric Hoffer

Take two populations, one the users of a bathroom at any Thruway rest stop and the other the users of a bathroom at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection regional headquarters in Kingston. Leave a tap running in both bathrooms. What proportion of people at each location turn the water-wasting tap off when they use the bathroom?

The social-psychology hypothesis would be that a significantly larger proportion of DEP employees and visitors, ever water-conscious, will turn the running tap off than will the random population at the Thruway rest stop.

The main DEP website includes a small box which tracks the average percentage of water capacity in New York City's vast reservoir system, the normal level over an extended period of time, and the total daily consumption in billions of gallons. Click on the box and you get the percentage of w…

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DA suggests stiff sentence for Gilberto Nunez

By Jesse J. Smith

Gilberto Nunez leaves court after being acquitted of a murder charge earlier this year. Behind him are his lawyers Gerald Shargel (left) and Evan Lipton. (pool photo by Tania Barricklo/Daily Freeman)

Kingston dentist Gilberto Nunez is back behind bars and facing years in prison following his latest felony conviction. On Nov. 17, an Ulster County jury found the 49-year-old Poughkeepsie resident guilty of three felonies connected with a false statement made on a pistol permit application.

The conviction is the latest twist in a bizarre case that has been recently featured on two network true crime shows. It comes give months after the dentist, who maintains a practice on Washington Avenue in Kingston, was acquitted of murder in the November 2011 death of his friend and romantic rival Thomas Kolman Jr. Prosecutors claimed that Nunez dosed Kolman with a powerful medical sedative in a Town of Ulster parking lot in a deliberate effort to kill him;…

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Kingston parking plan will include discounts for frequent users, rates to be announced later

By Jesse J. Smith

While Mayor Steve Noble said Monday the new plan for city parking, which will double meter rates and end free parking in municipal lots, will offer long-term discount rates for residents and commuters, he said determining the amount of the resident/commuter discount will have to wait until the city picks a vendor to install payment kiosks in the lots.

Noble's remarks came during a Nov. 21 meeting with the Common Council's Finance Committee to discuss a new fee schedule for city services to be enacted in the 2017 budget.

Noble's plan raises the cost of everything from sponsoring a softball team to throwing out a refrigerator; backers say the fee hikes will shift some of the cost for specialized services away from city taxpayers at large and toward those who actually use them. City Comptroller John Tuey noted that most of the fees have not been raised in years, leaving taxpayers citywide footing an increased proportion of the bill as personnel…

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2 teens suffer life-threatening injuries in Red Hook crash

By Freeman staff

RED HOOK >> Two teenagers suffered life-threatening injuries in a one-car crash on Feller Newmark Road, authorities said Wednesday.

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday, a quarter-mile east of U.S. Route 9, and that speed was a factor.

The Sheriff's Office said Erik Johnson, 17, of Red Hook, was driving a 2004 Nissan 350Z east when he lost control while trying to pass another vehicle.

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Appeals court ruling jeopardizes 1998 murder conviction of Shawangunk man

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KINGSTON >> Evidence from a 1997 homicide that was used to convict a Shawangunk man of murdering his estranged wife should have been the subject of a suppression hearing before his trial, an appeals court has ruled.

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Third Department, ruled Wednesday that the failure of the defense attorney to seek suppression of evidence before the trial deprived Vincent A.

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Tops stages grand reopening at former New Paltz Stop and Shop

By Frances Marion Platt

Last Wednesday, Tops Friendly Markets held a grand opening event in New Paltz. Pictured at the ribbon cutting were Tops New Paltz produce manager Diana Vitarius, Tops owner and president John Persons, New Paltz Tops store manager Joseph Dunkerley, New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez, Tops CEO and owner Frank Curci and Tops New Paltz meat manager Rich Crawford. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Twelve weeks after taking over the New Paltz Stop and Shop, Tops Friendly Markets held an official “Grand Reopening” and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the refurbished supermarket at 271 Main Street last Wednesday, November 16. Tops executives pledged their commitment to working closely with the community as the store's staff, local dignitaries and representatives of not-for profit organizations looked on. “Our mission is to eradicate hunger and to improve the quality of life for children,” said Kathleen Allen, senior manager for community relations, as she handed…

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