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Chronogram publishes sections covering local, national, and environmental news, including columns from Larry Beinhart, Brian Mahoney, and Jason Stern. From the Hudson Valley and beyond, check out our take on news and politics.

 

A Rundown of Hudson Valley Events

Conversation about immigrants’ rights, musical events, and holiday hubbub—as always, there are so many happenings here in the region to work into to your itinerary. COMMUNITY Chronogram Conversations in Kingston Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are facing perilous conditions as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to target all undocumented immigrants and has recently stepped up its efforts in the Hudson Valley. As Michael Frank reported in the November issue of Chronogram, this has prompted community members to organize and fight back against what they view as unjust federal policies targeting immigrants. In tandem with the latter effort, our ongoing Chronogram Conversations series has partnered with Radio Kingston and the River Newsroom to present the panel “Chronogram Conversations: Immigration Advocacy in the Hudson Valley” at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston on December 4 from 6 to 8pm. The event is free and open to all. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-advocacy-in-the-hudson-valley-tickets-81395509159 MUSIC “Dollar Bin Radio” Anniversary Party in Kingston Hosted on Radio Kingston every Thursday from 10pm to midnight by the inimitable DJ Mr. Chips, “Dollar Bin Radio” is sheer crate-digging bliss: two hours of groovy sounds plucked straight from the dollar bin. On December 5 from 9pm to midnight, the show will celebrate the passing of its first year on-air with a live broadcast emanating from microbrewery Kingston Brewing Standard. The free party features a cash bar and mystery gifts from Rhino Records for “lucky guests.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2523519621049717/ MUSIC Fred Hersch in Kingston Along with his former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson, pianist Fred Hersch carries the passionate, fleet flame of such jazz giants as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal. To these ears, Hersch, who performs magnificently in ensemble settings of all sizes, shines brightest in the time-honored solo-piano setting. On December 7 at 7:30pm at the Senate Garage in Kingston, that’s just what he’ll do, as the featured act of this month’s installment of the ongoing concert series presented there by JAZZstock. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. https://www.jazzstock.com/index/ HOLIDAY FUN Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction in Ghent On December 7 from 10am to 4pm, Hawthorne Valley School’s Parent Teach Association will once again host its annual Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction at the school’s location in Ghent. The event, which benefits Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, will feature gift items being sold by artisan vendors; candle dipping, stained glass making, and other children’s activities; and homemade food. The Magical Puppet Tree will perform “Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place” at 11am, noon, 1 pm, and 2pm. Admission is $4. hawthornevalley.org/events/yuletide-fair MUSIC Delsonido at MASS MoCA Now based in Brooklyn, world-fusion band Delsonido, who will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on December 7 at 8pm, was founded in the Barranquilla region of Colombia. In addition to the sweltering sounds of their South American birthplace, the group pulls from jazz, rock, pop, and electronica to make for a buoyant, infectiously danceable blend of contemporary music that reflects America’s truly diverse culture. Tickets are $18 in advance and $28 and $44 day of show. https://massmoca.org/ To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay. ...

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Editor's Note: Holiday Orphans | December 2019

Our editor Brian Mahoney shares several stories of Thanksgivings and Christmases celebrated with family and strangers.

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The Good Fighter: Malcolm Nance on the Heels of His Latest Book

Twenty-year Navy veteran, counterterrorism expert, and Columbia County resident Malcolm Nance releases his latest book, The Plot to Betray America.

Tags: Books & Authors

With Their Powers Combined

Clarkson Teams Up with SUNY ESF for Healthier NYS Waterways
Clarkson University, in partnership with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is raising funds to expand the research and education facilities at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Denning’s Point as part of their work as a New York State Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions.

Tags: Environment

Malcolm Nance Gets Ready to Drop The Plot to Betray America

On November 12, counterterrorist and intelligence specialist Malcolm Nance will release his latest book, The Plot to Betray America, detailing evidence he's gathered on the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia. Ahead of the release, he speaks at Helsinki Hudson on 11/10.

Tags: Books & Authors

Editor's Note: Off Somewhere | November 2019

Our editor Brian Mahoney discusses his experiences with deer, their culling, their death and seeing deceased animals on the side of roads.

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A Helping Hand: The Champions of Immigrant Advocacy in the Hudson Valley

Amidst a fraught reality of immigrant detention, deportation, and political bullying, several community leaders in the Hudson Valley are fighting back against federal policies targeting immigrants.

Tags: General News & Politics

Play For Your Freedom: A Hudson Valley Non-Profit Bringing Wellness, Joy, and Support to Veterans

Since the organization’s founding in 2014, Play For Your Freedom has expanded its resources to 15 different hospitals and eight different states. Since the first ones were held in 2016, the organization has hosted more than 4,000 veterans at their wellness workshops.

Tags: Community Notebook

Autumnal Activities in the Hudson Valley

The leaves are turning brilliant hues of orange and red. The kids (and the kids at heart) are contemplating their costumes. And all of us are trying to figure out if we need a sweater under that light jacket. It can only mean one thing: Mid-October is upon us. Here’s some stuff to do.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Editor's Note: K, bye

Our acting editor Marie Doyon says goodbye, but not before leaving a memorable Chronogram edition.

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Infamous Hudson Valley Murders for Local True Crime Buffs

Despite the many incredible writers out there that spin fictional tales of horror (Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, or Peter Straub, anyone?), sometimes real stories of crime and murder are just as—if not more—terrifying. These true-life murders happened right here in the Hudson Valley, and they’re sure to have you looking over your shoulder and locking your doors.

Tags: General News & Politics

Space Race: Hudson Valley Cities Test Models of Inclusive Community Development

With the specter of gentrification looming large, Hudson Valley cities are testing models of inclusive development.

Tags: General News & Politics

Maloney and Delgado Back Trump Impeachment Over Ukraine Charges

The two swing-district Representatives announced their support for impeaching President Trump. Hours later, Speaker Pelosi announced formal impeachment proceedings.
The two swing-district Representatives announced their support for impeaching President Trump. Hours later, Speaker Pelosi announced formal impeachment proceedings.

Tags: National

Food for Your Soul: The Many Benefits of Volunteering for Nonprofits in the Hudson Valley

Between the stresses of work and life, finding the time to give back to your community can be difficult. Yet, the many benefits of taking time to volunteer with non-profit organizations absolutely warrant the time, energy, and resources. Gary M. Schuster, a partner at Walden-based firm Jacobowitz & Gubits, is a member of and represents several different nonprofits, and serves on the board of three—with extensive experience supporting their work in the fields of economic development, health and human services, arts and culture, education, animal welfare, social clubs, sports, veterans causes, and more. Through his personal experiences, Schuster shared his insights on the fun, validating, and uplifting work folks can do when they share their talents and skills with a nonprofit and why it matters.  First off, it can improve your personal and professional development. Volunteering can improve both your personal and work life, all in one swoop. Schuster says that through his work at various nonprofits, he’s met a number of friends and made valuable connections. After all, what can bond folks better than working together with their neighbors and fellow community members toward a shared noble goal? "It's good for networking. A wide variety of people work at and with nonprofits, and you can make professional connections," Schuster says. "Don’t expect to join a board of directors right away. You will be serving on a committee for a while, volunteering, so that they get to know you and you get to know them," " Volunteering can also be good for developing any raw skills that you may have, offering you real world experience that can prove invaluable. It supports the local economy. Being a part of a nonprofit can also benefit the Hudson Valley’s economy. According to Schuster, nonprofits make up some of the region’s largest employers (with more than 900 nonprofits operating in Orange County, alone). Volunteering for a nonprofit and giving the support they need to grow can boost its ability to hire employees and do more of their impactful, community-minded work. Ultimately, it can give you an outlet for something you’re already passionate about. Volunteering, above everything, should be fun and fulfilling for you to do. Whether you want to be involved at an animal shelter, conservation of parks, theater, etc, volunteering allows you to put your time, energy, and passion behind a cause that means something to you and your community. “It should be fun,” Schuster says. “A lot of people have their career and then they go and work for nonprofits because that’s their passion” ...

Tags: Community Notebook

The bizarre far-right candidacy of Mike Roth, self-styled "King of Ulster"

From calling detractors on social media “nazis” to operating a fantasy kingdom to scamming people by claiming to help refugees, Roth is having an extremely normal one.
From calling detractors on social media “nazis” to operating a fantasy kingdom to scamming people by claiming to help refugees, Roth is having an extremely normal one.

Tags: National

Geysers of Power: Understanding Psychedelics and Perspective

Editorial Director Marie Doyon shares her experience with psychedelic mushrooms—and how a "good trip" can do wonders for healing and clarity rather than just for partying.

Tags: Editor's Note

The Hudson Valley's Environmental Activism: Past, Present, and Future

The Hudson Valley has a long history of fighting against corporate entities to protect the region’s rich natural resources. A look at this legacy and the current battlefront.

Tags: National

Three Republicans Have Filed to Challenge Antonio Delgado in 2020

A look at the candidacies of Anthony German, Ola Hawatmeh, and Mike Roth.
A look at the candidacies of Anthony German, Ola Hawatmeh, and Mike Roth.

Tags: General News & Politics

Feeding the Community: The Work of Hudson Valley Food Pantries

For some Hudson Valley residents, eating is all about choice. Unfortunately the choice is whether or not to pay their rent or buy food to feed their families. Thankfully, there are many food pantries in the Hudson Valley that can make the choice a little easier for these hungry residents.

Tags: General Food & Drink

Editor's Note: Back from Paradise

In some ways, Grey Fox Music Festival can be seen as an alternative model to our current world—a sweet, self-contained social experiment (punctuated by world-class Bluegrass performances) where we're all a bit kinder.

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Letter to the Editor | August 2019

Readers share their views/opinion on articles from previous issues.

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Op Ed | Natural Selection

Donna Minkowitz on the importance of conserving land for all people and the need for proper legislation to protect the accessibility and integrity of the Hudson Valley.

Tags: General News & Politics

What Undocumented Americans and U.S. Citizens Should Know About Immigration Rights

A list of the rights you have in the case of an encounter with ICE, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Tags: National

The State Of Sex Education in New York

Only 24 states plus Washington, DC mandate sex education in public schools, according to the Guttmacher Institute: New York is not one of them. Our state does mandate HIV education, but there's no requirement that what is taught be medically accurate or culturally appropriate.

Tags: In the Classroom

Editor's Note: Millennializing Chronogram?

Our acting editor Marie Doyon shares a few facts about millennials.

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Letter to the Editor | July 2019

Readers share their views/opinion on articles from previous issues.

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9 Strange Headlines You Might Have Missed in June

News stories you might have missed last month.

Tags: General News & Politics

New York State Sizes Up The Green Gold Rush

As legislators once again failed to pass the Marihuana Regulation and Taxaction Act in the last session, we look at the crowded field of competing camps and the roadblocks to legalizing cannabis.

Tags: National

Sen. Metzger and Local Activists React as State Moves Forward with Ambitious Climate Bill

The basics on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)
The Hudson Valley’s Senator Jen Metzger helped lead the charge in the campaigh to pass the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) in the State Senate and Assembly. Described as one of the most ambitious pieces of climate legislation in the country, CLCPA aims to allow the state to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Tags: Environment

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Messages of Love and Hope @ St. John's Episcopal Church

Messages of Love and Hope

Mon., Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m. — Fireside Chat with Mahdi al-Jamal, son, translator and devoted student of Sufimaster...
Local Author Talk: Lee Anne Morgan @ D.R. Evarts Library

Local Author Talk: Lee Anne Morgan

Mon., Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. — Local Author Lee Anne Morgan discusses her memoir "A Time to Mourn...

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