Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

For the farmer, growing our food is one thing and getting it to us is another. That’s especially true for the smaller farms, who don’t consistently produce the volume necessary to supply a big distribution broker. But that’s...
New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

The Village of New Paltz has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags — the kind typically used in supermarkets and other retail shops — set to go into effect this coming April. The law’s passage has garnered...
Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Nearly two dozen members of the American Postal Workers Local 3722 — Mid-Hudson Area participated in a National Day of Action Rally at the New Paltz Post Office on Friday, November 14. The event was one of 150...
Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Though she didn’t start running until she was in her 40s — a career that led up to her finishing her third New York City Marathon at the age of 80 on November 2  — Geri Owens was...
New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

Now that the New Paltz Central School District has seen another defeat of a school bond proposal — its second in four years — what’s next? “Time is not on our side,” said New Paltz Board of Education...
Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Most of us are well accustomed to reading the labels on the packaging of the foods we eat. But how many of us pay attention to the labels on the skin care products we use? Our skin is...
Election results in the Town of Rosendale

Election results in the Town of Rosendale

While Democrats nationally hunkered down for a rough slog on Election Night, Rosendale Democrats had reason to celebrate: For the first time in a long while, they managed to recapture a majority on the Town Board. Their candidate...
One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

When the One Book/One New Paltz Committee starts meeting each February to try to weed down a hundred-or-so recommended titles into a more manageable shortlist of prospects for the next communitywide reading festival, it’s way too early for...
Fifth annual Zombiefest returns to Rosendale

Fifth annual Zombiefest returns to Rosendale

With an expression of innocent trust on her face, a towheaded toddler in a raspberry-pink tulle skirt gazes up at the alarming-looking man who is extending his hand to her. Clad in blood-spattered hospital scrubs, his face gangrenous...
Halloween happenings in New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale and Highland

Halloween happenings in New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale and Highland

The crisp fall air is upon us and with it, Halloween. On October 24-26 and November 1-2 Haunted Huguenot Street tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center hourly beginning at 4 p.m., with the final tour...
Flash mob promotes Diwali Festival of Lights at Elting Library

Flash mob promotes Diwali Festival of Lights at Elting Library

Unsuspecting New Paltz residents and visitors got a surprise last Sunday when a Bollywood flashdance broke out at Water Street Market. Most of the dancers were students from SUNY New Paltz, who participated in the event to promote...
Sawyer Savings moves Highland branch to new location on Route 9W

Sawyer Savings moves Highland branch to new location on Route 9W

Sawyer Savings held a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, October 8 at its new location in Highland at 3515 Route 9W. The branch is located on the former site of Casa Mia restaurant. On hand to welcome the bank to...
New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz village trustees are considering a major amendment to the law governing parking in the village. At the October 8 Village Board meeting, trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads proposed an amendment which would, in Rhoads’s words,...
Alfandre Architecture receives New Building Project of the Year Award

Alfandre Architecture receives New Building Project of the Year Award

Alfandre Architecture has been awarded the Best New Building Project of the Year Award by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce for its new building located at 231 Main Street in New Paltz. The building is a...
Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Town of New Paltz municipal employees should be able to relocate their offices from the hopelessly mold-contaminated Town Hall to rented modular units before the snow flies, it was announced at a special Town Board meeting on Thursday,...
Introducing our regional alternative currency, the Hudson Valley Current

Introducing our regional alternative currency, the Hudson Valley Current

“The purpose of the Current is to flow.” That, in a nutshell, encapsulates the economic philosophy of Chris Hewitt, publisher of the Rosendale-based Country Wisdom News. But it isn’t the waters of the Hudson River that he’s talking...
New Ulster County dog park opens in New Paltz

New Ulster County dog park opens in New Paltz

A grand opening was held by “For Paws of Ulster” on Saturday, September 27 for the new Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz. The official ribbon cutting accompanied by officials had already happened earlier in the week,...
Gardiner regains a farmers’ market

Gardiner regains a farmers’ market

The Gardiner Green Market will set up its tents every Friday through October 24 at the entrance to the rail-trail on Route 44/55. There’s plenty of parking nearby. Though the hours are still officially 4 to 7 p.m.,...
Grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz

Grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz

A grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park will be held this Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dog park is located at the Field of Dreams (the rear of the property),...
Gardiner will hold a Senior Expo offering advice, information and resources

Gardiner will hold a Senior Expo offering advice, information and resources

The Senior Expo slated for Tuesday, September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gardiner Town Hall is, of course, intended for the older residents among us, but it’s also for their caregivers, friends and family as well...
Taste of New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Taste of New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Thousands of visitors converged at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz last Sunday for the 24th annual Taste of New Paltz. The event, hosted by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce,...
Get on the bus to the New York City Climate March on September 21

Get on the bus to the New York City Climate March on September 21

At least five buses from the New Paltz area will be heading to New York City on Sunday, September 21 for what some are calling “the biggest environmental march in history.” Two years ago, Dan Guenther journeyed to...
Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

The recent discovery of a sickness-inducing black mold at the New Paltz Town Hall has quickened supervisor Susan Zimet’s search for town government facilities. The still-unidentified mold — results of an air-quality test are still pending — has...
Local historians publish “Around Highland,” a new addition to the “Postcard History Series”

Local historians publish “Around Highland,” a new addition to the “Postcard History Series”

The vintage postcard that looks so quaint now to our 21st-century eyes was once a form of communication every bit as game-changing in its time as tweets and text-messaging were when they first arrived on the scene. At...
Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and her running mate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu made a stop on their “Whistleblower Tour” this past Friday to speak at a rally against fracking at SUNY New Paltz. Teachout, a professor of...
Water Street’s Sustainable, Organic and Local market wraps up on Sept. 2

Water Street’s Sustainable, Organic and Local market wraps up on Sept. 2

Though they may not yet feel confident that’s it’s always going to be held in the same place — currently in the parking lot directly across Main Street from the Wells Fargo Bank — Paltzonians are getting used...
Labor, community organizations and citizens protest Wilmore IDA tax breaks

Labor, community organizations and citizens protest Wilmore IDA tax breaks

Labor and community organizations held a rally on a closed-off North Front Street in New Paltz last Wednesday, August 20. The approximately 35 protesters held signs announcing “Strong Communities Work” and “Living Wage Jobs Not Tax Cuts for...
Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Dan Winfield, the 69-year-old swimmer/runner/biker, husband/father/grandfather community-minded man, then you would know what I mean when I say that “Age is just a number.” Winfield is New Paltz’s own Paul...
New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

More than 1.3 million people have visited the Walkway Over the Hudson since it opened in October of 2009. Last year alone it attracted more than 700,00 visitors. But until now, those visitors (as many as half of...
The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

Those who frequent The Treehouse craft gallery in New Paltz know Cindy Capraro as the alterations expert there. She maintains a sewing studio in the back of the shop while business partner Kathy Preston showcases fine handcrafts in...
New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

The recently ratified Highland Teacher Association (HTA) contract has caused some controversy over wording that gives preference to HTA members in coaching and advisor positions. During the public comment portion of the recent Highland Central School District Board...
Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

What once was Yummies is now Lakeside Licks Ice Cream & Mini Golf. Route 299’s miniature golf standby has a new name, new owners and many more ice cream flavors. New owner John Marsh has cleaned up and...
Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has again changed its management structure. Seven months after appointing Dr. Taylor Stoermer as its day-to-day director for strategy, development and historic preservation, the New Paltz Huguenot historical organization announced that effective last week...
Highland Farmers’ Market easily accessible on Route 299 every Wednesday

Highland Farmers’ Market easily accessible on Route 299 every Wednesday

The location for the weekly Highland Farmers’ Market at 199 Route 299 (just across from the State Police barracks), is easily accessible, situated right on a well-traveled stretch of highway that serves people driving to and from New...
Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announced on Monday that she has given up her Democratic primary challenge to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill after the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) rejected about a quarter of the signatures...
New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

Approximately 20 members of the New Paltz High School Class of 1954 met last week at Pasquale’s Pizza in Gardiner for their 60th reunion. Big smiles and friendly banter didn’t stop flowing. For Wayne Wilson and his classmates,...
Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

It isn’t truly summer without outdoor Shakespeare performances — and when admission is free, that’s even better. When Stephanie Marrinan was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in the ’90s, SUNY New Paltz presented wonderful Shakespeare under...
New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

While others were enjoying Fourth of July barbecues and firework displays, New Paltz Fire Department volunteers spent more than five-and-a-half hours in the grueling heat attempting to rescue a fallen horse. A call came in at approximately 1:30...
County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

Dogs in Ulster County and the humans who love them got a double dose of good news on Thursday, July 10. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein spoke at the Field of Dreams on Libertyville Road in New Paltz...
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Eleventh annual Turkey Trot raises funds for Family of New Paltz on Thanksgiving morning

Eleventh annual Turkey Trot raises funds for Family of New Paltz on Thanksgiving morning

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! Just the thought of all that rich food, endless hours of visiting with relatives and slipping into a tryptophan-fueled, football-mesmerized stupor in front of the boob tube is enough to make some of us feel slow and sluggish already. So we ought to give thanks that for over a decade...
St. Joseph Church installs new pastor, Father Salvatore Cordaro

St. Joseph Church installs new pastor, Father Salvatore Cordaro

Father Salvatore Cordaro, 50, came to the religious life relatively late; the new pastor at St. Joseph Church in New Paltz was almost 40 when he answered the call, he says. “I was baptized a Catholic as a baby, and went to Catholic schools, but then I was away from the church for many years....
New Paltz Town Hall closes, offices relocating to new site this week

New Paltz Town Hall closes, offices relocating to new site this week

Got a beef with Town Hall? You’re going to have to hold it in for this week at least, if you live in New Paltz. After a long, dramatic buildup propelled by municipal employees’ persistent health woes traced to black mold infestation in the old Town Hall building, the town government finally began moving this...
NPSCD Foundation for Student Enhancement offers opportunities for enrichment

NPSCD Foundation for Student Enhancement offers opportunities for enrichment

The idea couldn’t be simpler, really. “We fund projects that will enhance and extend the educational experience of the students in the New Paltz school district,” said Maya Eyler, president of the New Paltz Central School District Foundation for Student Enhancement. And despite what the name of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization might suggest, the group...
Shooting suspect pleads guilty to Easter-morning murder at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz

Shooting suspect pleads guilty to Easter-morning murder at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz

Basheem D. Bennett, 21 of Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty last week — two days before his trial was scheduled to begin — to the killing of Ryan Gray on April 20 at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2015 for second-degree murder, which carries a sentence...
Paul Brown: Signs of the times

Paul Brown: Signs of the times

As I drove home last week along Route 299, I wondered about the effectiveness of the large numbers of political campaign signs lining the sides of the road. I also thought about the motivation behind the candidates’ decision to display them and what they thought they achieved. Did they believe that the signs influenced voter...
Rotary Club of New Paltz will celebrate 50 years with president Toni Hokanson at the helm

Rotary Club of New Paltz will celebrate 50 years with president Toni Hokanson at the helm

“We’re all there to do service,” says Toni Hokanson, president of the Rotary Club of New Paltz, whose 32 members are among 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Rotary International was founded in 1905 by a group of businessmen in Chicago for purposes of fellowship and networking, but it wasn’t long before the emphasis was placed on...
New Paltz Village Planning Board members contemplate new standards for buildings

New Paltz Village Planning Board members contemplate new standards for buildings

With no applications on the agenda, the New Paltz Village Planning Board discussed the idea of creating design standards for buildings at its November 4 workshop meeting. It was a rare opportunity for the board to focus on planning for the future, rather than reacting to the proposals of a developer. The underlying concept —...
Special meeting is held to discuss the top four alternate water sources in New Paltz

Special meeting is held to discuss the top four alternate water sources in New Paltz

The New Paltz Village Board continued to drill down to an alternate water source to use when the New York City aqueduct will be offline at a special meeting held on November 5. The aqueduct is expected to be turned off for two ten-week periods, once in 2016 and again in 2017, and although the...
Relocation plan alarms Unison Arts and Learning Center boosters

Relocation plan alarms Unison Arts and Learning Center boosters

Dozens of concerned supporters of the Unison Arts and Learning Center, a keystone of the New Paltz cultural scene since 1975, gathered Sunday night for a meeting of the not-for-profit organization’s board of directors. The turnout was in response to an announcement e-mailed to members earlier in the week that Unison would vacate its original...
Carol Johnson: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

Carol Johnson: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the November 1914 issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson...
Mark Sherman: She was an American Girl

Mark Sherman: She was an American Girl

As the father of three sons and grandfather of four grandsons, and with no sisters or nieces, I am in the sad position of having never watched a girl grow up. And so I have been deprived of the fun of watching my child or grandchild play with what is a staple for girls: dolls....