April 29, 2022 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Kingston Earth Fair Returns on May 14
Ulster County:Together for Mental Health Event
CCE's Pop-Up Shopping Event
Roadwork Update for Next Week
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

Today is Arbor Day! Trees have many positive benefits for our community and are a vital part of our well-being .

Last year, the City of Kingston was awarded $50,000 from the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Grant program to be used for city-wide street tree planting. Plantings will be in the public right of way, with a commitment from property owners to ensure that the new trees are well-maintained. Species will be chosen by the Tree Commission, who will identify types of trees that will have a positive impact on biodiversity and will be the appropriate size for the planting locations.  

The Tree Commission is accepting applications, which are available in the Planning Office at City Hall and on the City of Kingston website. Sign up for a street tree at your house or business today!

-Steve
Covid Update
There are currently 356 active cases in Ulster County and 45 in Kingston.

Latest news:
Kingston Earth Fair Returns May 14
The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department will host the eighth Earth Fair on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Forsyth Park.
 
After a two-year hiatus, the event will feature many vendors, including local businesses and organizations showcasing their commitment to sustainability, live music performances by Bill Melvin, Deb Martin & Bill Beveridge, Vince Fisher, Energy Dance Company, Percussion Orchestra of Kingston, and the George Washington Elementary Peace Singers. Food vendors will include Little Garden of Eat’n and La Ruta del Sol, as well as root beer floats from Keegan Ales and teas from Sassafras Mercantile.
 
“We are so excited to bring back Earth Fair this year, as the City’s homegrown sustainability festival,” said Mayor Noble. “This event is designed to engage and inspire the community to be environmental stewards, to get outdoors, to care for our earth. There is something for everyone, from eco-friendly vendors, to educational and advocacy groups, to farms, to energy contractors.”
 
The Earth Fair will also host a Repair Café where the public can bring a broken but beloved item and repairers will teach you how to fix it. For the Earth Day Exchange, attendees can swap used clothes, toys, books, or household goods. The City will be collecting electronic waste such as computers and televisions and for the first time, a Refrigerants Collection, where only at this event, can residents bring an old refrigerator, dehumidifier or air conditioning, for free disposal. There will also be an Electric Vehicle Showcase and free e-bike test rides.
 
Kids’ activities include face painting, a HomeSpun Merry Go Round, live animal presentations by Erik’s Reptile Edventures, fun activities with My Kingston Kids, and more.
 
Bike Friendly Kingston will host a family Slow Ride, a guided group bicycle ride meant for all abilities done at a slow pace. The ride will be around seven miles with introductions to different bicycle amenities. Bicycles with gears are recommended. Participants should wear helmets, have front and rear lights, bring water, and wear comfortable clothing.
 
The Kingston Earth Fair is free and open to everyone. Parking is available at the Nature Center’s Dietz Stadium Entrance and the Lucas Avenue entrance to Forsyth Park. Additional parking is also available at Edson Elementary School.
 
For more information about this event, including exhibitor registration or volunteering, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/earthfair.  
Ulster County: Together for Mental Health Event
Join the conversation Thursday, May 5, at 5:30pm, for a Zoom panel presentation. Hosted by the Heal Well Kingston Focus Group of Live Well Kingston, the Ulster County Department of Mental Health, The Institute for Family Health, Planned Parenthood of Greater NY, and Anahata, the Together for Mental Health Event will host experts in the field of mental health and leaders in our community.

Panelists include Celina Pipman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, practicing psychotherapist in Kingston; Allie Decker, LMSW, social worker for the Institute for Family Health; Kezia Pierce, LCSW-R, LGU Program Supervisor at UCDMH; and Gavin T. Walters Sr., Vet2Vet program director at the Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration. The panel will be moderated by Theresa Widmann, Health/Life Coach and sound healer.  
 
Click here to join the Zoom conversation on May 5 at 5:30pm. Or watch the livestream at youtube.com/c/CityofKingstonNY
CCE's Kingston Pop-Up Shop Event
Clean Sweep Event on May 7
The thirteenth annual Kingston Clean Sweep will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 9:00 am to noon. Volunteers will be picking up litter lying along the Kingston Corridor from the railroad crossing on Washington Avenue through the uptown business district, down Broadway to the Rondout waterfront, as well as some side streets. 

The Kingston Clean Sweep is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Kingston with support from the City of Kingston and numerous other business, service and civic organizations, schools, churches and individual volunteers. More info at https://www.fohk.org/welcome/events/
Roadwork Update - Week of May 2
Central Hudson: Main installation will continue the week of 5/2 on Clifton Avenue (between Sylvester St and Flatbush Ave), Sherman Street, Aleo Post Ln and Lincoln Street with detours and road closures.

Service Replacements will continue the week of 5/2 on Clifton Avenue (Highland Avenue to Sylvester Street), Hemlock Avenue, and Wynkoop Pl.
Work proceeding at Elmendorf Bridge.

Henry Street to be repaired next week between Clinton and Prospect. No parking in this section will be in effect.

Regular Roadwork Updates will be posted on the City's website here.
Elmendorf Bridge work
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor Noble's weekly radio show airs on Tuesdays at 5:00pm on Radio Kingston and the City of Kingston Facebook page.

This week, he spoke with Recreation Leader Chris Connolly and Project Manager Jack  Schoonmaker from the Parks & Recreation Department. Click below to hear the interview.
Kingston 311
The Kingston 311 app, website and phone system allow residents to quickly and easily report issues and submit service requests. The Kingston 311 app, available for Android & iPhones, is a fast and simple way to connect to City officials in non-emergency situations.

This system is a valuable resource to submit service requests for streetlight replacement, roadwork, City signage, traffic calming measures and other concerns. Issues with snow removal and reporting of vehicles and sidewalks not in accordance with the Snow Emergency restrictions can also be submitted via Kingston 311. Photos can also be attached to illustrate service orders. Dial 311 from any phone within City limits to reach us. 
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble
845.334.3902
mayor@kingston-ny.gov
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