Career Opportunity: Maintenance Technician

Overview:

The Maintenance Technician is responsible to assist in the day to day maintenance of all RUPCO owned or managed properties. The Maintenance Technician reports directly to the Maintenance Supervisor of RUPCO.  This is a full time position, hourly position.  Duties may include, but are not limited to:

 

 

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Use of work order system to accomplish maintenance tasks as assigned. Accomplish unit turnarounds including make ready time.  Provide unit inspections as required.
  2. In association with the Assistant Vice President of Operations and the Maintenance Supervisor, contribute to the development and implementation of preventive maintenance plan. Maintain high quality maintenance standards.
  3. Maintain rental units to include preventive, daily cleanliness and condition of grounds and common areas, emergency repairs or services.
  4. In association with the Assistant Vice President of Operations and the Maintenance Supervisor, assist with vendor relations; including obtaining Hold Harmless Agreements and ensuring compliance with insurance requirements.
  5. Complete required reports. Maintain maintenance files as required.
  6. Provide research and initiative in the area of maintenance or property management.
  7. Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and other mandated guidelines and policies relevant to property management and operations including safety and quality assurance.
  8. Provide ‘on-call’ after-hours weekday, weekend and holiday coverage as scheduled
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience

  • Basic knowledge of general maintenance repairs (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of equipment used to perform general maintenance repairs
  • Able to lift at least 50 lbs., climb stairs & ladders, not afraid to get hands “dirty”
  • Valid & acceptable driver’s license endorsed by agency insurance company
  • Reliable transportation to get between worksites
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and positive attitude
  • Able to work independently but also as part of the team in a fast paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills: written and oral
  • Experience in a customer service environment (our tenants are our customers)
  • Tolerance and sensitivity to a diverse population
  • Strong work ethic

Please submit notice of interest for this position to jmichels@rupco.org by no later than Friday, October 26th at noon. 

The Lace Mill Presents: Jazz & Poetry, October 20

Flyer for October 20 performance at 4p of 8 poets reciting the work of Gerrit Lansing; jazz bassist Michael Bisio accompaniment

Resident-artist Michael Bisio invites eight poet friends to honor fellow  poet and artist Gerrit Landsing toThe Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., on October 20 from 4pm-6pm. in the East Gallery.

Poetry, music and storytelling fill the afternoon experience.  Come early, stay late, stroll the galleries and other offerings that day.

For more information, e-mail Michael Bisio at bisio@earthlink.net or read his artist profile page on RUPCO‘s site.

Suggested donation is $10 and covers expenses incurred by traveling artists.

Free and open to the public.

Guest parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street.

The Lace Mill Presents: A Jazz Experience September 22

Flyer for The Lace Mill presents: A Jazz Experience on September 22 with three established musicians

Resident-artist Michael Bisio invites fellow musicians Hui Cox and Michael Wimberly to The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., on September 22 from 4pm-6pm. Experience “Live Jazz” in an intimate setting,  an added bonus to ArtWalk Kingston. Come early, stay late, stroll the galleries and open studio.

For more information, e-mail Michael Bisio at bisio@earthlink.net or read his artist profile page on RUPCO‘s site.

Suggested donation is $10 and covers expenses incurred by traveling artists.

Free and open to the public.

Guest parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street.

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Zelda’s Interactive Art Happening, September 22

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) Lace Mill artist-resident Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) hosts a special event on September 22  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Zelda’s Interactive Art Happening celebrates spiritual connection through the Body will be held in her home/studio 165 Cornell Street, #204 Kingston.  Guests will enjoy live percussion, black-light body-painting, dancing, refreshments, and the opportunity to view ZELDA’S collage ‘My G-d’ under black light. ZELDA’s apartment is lovingly transformed into a shamanic healing space with hand-carved trees flying in mid-air from the vaulted ceilings surrounded by photographs of nature, spiritual self-portraits, collages, and mannequins decorated with healing amulets.

This performance is in addition to Zelda’s Open Studio, which is part of Artwalk Kingston’s citywide weekend gallery openings. 

Guest percussionists Bobby Sabella and Bryan Henry perform as the duo Mianbe. Bobby is a studio/live performer who has been on the scene for 35 years working with the likes of John Patitucci, (Chick Corea), Bob Mayo (Peter Frampton),T ony Purrone (The Heath Brothers), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) Andy Snitzer (The Rolling Stones), and Chip Taylor (Wild Thing, Angel of the Morning).  

Body-painters include Rut Flores, a native from Argentina who holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Buenos Aires and a Fine Arts Degree from Madrid, Spain; SNOWBANKS a Brooklyn-based artist who works on both on-canvas and on-bodies and sees the body as a fluid canvas, and Tania Trowbridge, who is fascinated with the beauty in nature, photography, and the dynamics of the human form. Tania is a professional Tattoo Artist/owner of Metamorphosis Tattoo in Kingston. Other artists to be announced.

The public is invited to bring something to share — a poem, a story, a dance, instruments, food/drinks and camera to document the body-painting process. 

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
On-treeet parking on South Manor Avenue and Prospect Street
Adults only (21+)
No dogs allowed

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) headshotArtist Bio: Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) is a multifaceted artis/producer who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. As a feminist Jew who studies shamanism, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition as she explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality and gender. She sculpts, draws, writes, performs, photographs, and is an ecstatic dancer/percussionist/healer. Zelda co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre in Washington DC and performed at such venues as Source, GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, in NYC at WOW Café Theatre and Dixon Place, at the Lace Mill and with the TMI Project in Kingston. Currently Zelda is developing Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), a multi-media one-person show that chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from a childhood in the 1950s to adulthood.  She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Zelda currently resides at the Lace Mill artist residence in Kingston NY with her Great Dane “Z”.

TMI Project True Storytelling Performance at Lace Mill, August 15

announcement for TMI Project Storytelling August 15, 2018RUPCO hosts its second true storytelling performance with the TMI Project on Wednesday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Lace Mill East Gallery, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston. 

Eight Lace Mill residents will share their personal journeys of discovery in this highly intimate exchange. Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of personal transformation through the medium of storytelling.

To view the November 2017 stories shared, click here. 

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. Off-street parking is available on Prospect Street and South Manor Avenue.  Freewill donations support  The Lace Mill’s three galleries, artist receptions and public showings year-round. 

Lace Mill resident-artists host 8th Annual Bon-Odori Dance Festival For Peace, August 4

Bon Odori dancers, Japan Festival for Peace, AUgust 4, 2018The 8th Annual Bon-Odori Dance Festival For Peace takes place at Kingston Point Beach on Saturday, August 4 from noon to 8 p.m. at Kingston Point Beach. This Japanese festival tradition observes “Obon” from August 13-15, the Buddhist ritual of remembering and reconnecting with ancestors and family. Around that time, community members throughout Japan get together to celebrate “Obon” by dancing “Bon-Odori” together.

Youko Yamamoto, former owner of the authentic Japanese noodle restaurant, Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Escape in New Paltz and proprietor of soon to open Ramen Noodle shop in Kingston, started this traditional summer event in the Hudson Valley after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami resulted in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown on March 11, 2011. She believes that similar disasters can happen anywhere, any day, and that nuclear energy is the most destructive creation in human history and that today radiation is the greatest threat to our daily lives. After the Fukushima meltdown, Yamamoto decided to start raising awareness of the dangers of radiation. Her unique idea was to popularize the peace movement as an entertaining dance event to make it easier to learn about the kind of harm that radiation can cause, why nuclear bombs should be banned, and what we can do to take a step toward a Nuclear-Free-Future.

Livia and Bill Vanaver, directors of the Vanaver Caravan Dance Company, believe that by dancing together we can provide communities with an opportunity and the energy to unite and set a life goal to build a peaceful future for generations to come. Yamamoto and the Vanavers encourage people to learn about alternative energies, moderate energy consumption, green lifestyles and different cultures as the first step towards this universal goal. A “Let’s talk” discussion table focuses on “Waste” along with community engagement in dance.

Bon-Odori Dance Festival For Peace  is a full day of family fun, including great food, amazing bands and world dancers, local vendors/exhibitors, and learning Japanese culture and history. All will enjoy the “Bon-Odori” dance at 6:30 PM. The Minbuza Japanese Folk Dance Company from NYC and Stuart Paton, Taiko drummer from Burlington Taiko, will lead the dance. A Jodoshinshu Buddhist monk, Kenjitsu Nakagaki, will conduct a special ritual to pray for the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the victims of the Fukushima disaster, to complete the event.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VENDOR OR SPONSOR? Any earth-conscious vendors and sponsors are all invited! Ask for your registration form by e-mailing Youko at gomenkudasainy@gmail.comFor updates, visit their Facebook Page, BonOdoriKingston

A Two-Woman Show, August 4-29 at The Lace Mill

Lace Mill resident-artist Lannette Kristin Hughes and  local artist Nikki Pison team up for “A Two-Woman Show,” a large-format, collaborative painting exhibition gracing all four public community spaces (West, East, Mezzanine and Main galleries).  Pison’s show, “Circus Arcanus (Mysterious Circle),” includes a collection of mixed media paintings, photography, and sculpture. Hughes hangs over 20 of her large-format canvas in her show, “O’ Merciful Humanity, Where Are You Going?”

The public is invited to the opening  artists’ reception on Saturday, August 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with refreshments, music, and poetry. Musical guests Michael Bisio and Adam Siegel along with poetry by Nancy Smith round out the First Saturday event. 

Resident-artist Lanette Kristin Hughes will donate 75% of each painting purchase to RUPCO and its work with homeless communities.  She did the same with proceeds from her November 2017 show; RUPCO in turn donated to The Lace Mill Arts Council for future gallery events and artists’ shows.

Gallery hours are Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment in August. Call (845) 532-3538 for more information. On-street parking is available along Prospect Street and South Manor Avenue. The Lace Mill is located at 165 Cornell Street, Kingston, NY. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST LANETTE KRISTIN HUGHES: Read her story here. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST NIKKI PISON: Nikki Pison is a visionary artist from Rosendale, NY. Home grown in the Hudson Valley, Pison is a world traveler who has always been drawn to study other cultures and mystical philosophies. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Pison has always been fascinated by the subconscious world and the archetypal imagery that threads across cultures, linking humanity. Her mixed media paintings represent fantastical depictions of surreal landscapes, potent with evocative portraits and layered symbolism.

A Midsummer Night’s Art Show at The Lace Mill, July 7-28

flyer for Midsummer NIght's Art ShowFirst Saturday at The Lace Mill Arts presents A Midsummer Night’s Art Show, curated by James Martin, with an opening reception on July 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show runs through July 28 in The Lace Mill West, East, and Main galleries. Come celebrate 3 years since artists began moving into The Lace Mill. Twenty-one great local artists — including Daniel Cardenas, Cheryl Chrispell, Chelsea Culpepper, Faya DeNitto, Ron DeNitto, Chris Gonyea, Lanette Kristin Hughes, Aaron Lockhart, James Martin, Star Nigro, Felix Olivieri, Katie Olson, Naoko Oshima, Kazuma Oshita, Autumn Pond, Rubi Rose, Susan Silverman, Charles Steele, Pablo Shine, Charlotte Tusch, and Fred Woller – share their work under a waning midsummer night’s crescent moon.

Live music and excellent gourmet food and drink for all guests prepared by culinary expert Joseph Fitzgerald and Japanese cuisine by chef Youko Yamamoto. In the Main Gallery back studio, experience Tanabata Japanese paper folding to support the Bon-Odori Festival in August. Stop in for great art, great music, and great food! Donations accepted at the door to cover show and artist travel expenses. Free parking on South Manor Avenue and Prospect Street. Regular gallery times Wednesday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (347) 387-6874.

“Musica Poetica” Jazz Concert on June 16 at The Lace Mill

Resident-artist Michael Bisio and fellow musicians Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger, and Alvaro Domene come together to present “Musica Poetica” at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., on June 16, from 4pm-6pm. Listen to experts perform beautiful jazz for a live audience in an intimate setting.

From well-established reviewers:

On Ingrid Sertso: “The most uncontaminated voice I ever heard. She screams without screaming.” — OmetteColeman

On Karl Berger: “There is a zen likespirit that transcends genre. Serenity on a shiny silver disc.” –Criticaljazz.com

On Alvaro Domene: “…Alvaro Domene’s virtuosic playing and compositional sagacity make him one of the most exciting performers in the creative music scene…” –M. Caratti, Jazzwise Magazine

On Michael Bisio: “…a poet of the contrabass.” –E. Chagas tomajazz.com

For more information, e-mail Michael Bisio at bisio@earthlink.net or read his artist profile page on RUPCO‘s site.

Suggested donation is $10 and covers expenses incurred by traveling artists.

Free and open to the public.

Guest parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street.

Jazz Entertainment Spectaculars at Lace Mill April 21

A jazz concert on Saturday, April 21 at 4:00pm as part of the ever-evolving Saturday jazz series concerts, held at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St, East Gallery, will feature a variety of musical talents to entertain. The Lace Mill resident-artist Michael Bisio plays the bass; Julia Donnaruma , vocals; Walter Donnaruma , keyboard; Adam Siegel , alto; Harvey Sorgen , drums.
 
From well-established reviewers:
 
“…what sold the song here was Donnaruma’s alluring performance. A weekly regular on the Café Capriccio stage, the second-generation performer has presence and control most singers her age only read about in books.”
 
 
Bisio says of working with Donnaruma, “Julia’s phrasing embodies the best of the past, present, and future. I hear Ms. Holiday, Washington, Jones, Barber, Wilson and always Julia Donnaruma.”
 
 
A $10 suggested donation will cover expenses incurred by traveling musicians.
Free and open to the public.
Free available parking located on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street
For more information, visit the lacemill.com or e-mail bisio@earthlink.net .