Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith speaks at SUNY New Paltz

Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith speaks at SUNY New Paltz

On Monday, April 7 roughly 400 students, area residents and farmers filled Lecture Center 100 at SUNY New Paltz to hear award-winning documentarian and author Jeffrey Smith outline the dangers presented to our society by Genetically Modified Organisms...
Glynwood’s farm incubator kicks off first year

Glynwood’s farm incubator kicks off first year

There’s something going on in the Mohonk foothills: Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator is officially open for business. According to Kathleen Frith, Glynwood’s president, the program will pair farm incubator graduates with available land — due, in...
A Tavola owners open new farm-to-table restaurant The Huguenot

A Tavola owners open new farm-to-table restaurant The Huguenot

Since its opening in 2011, Nathan and Bonnie Snow’s restaurant at 46 Main Street, A Tavola, has been racking up culinary awards along with great word-of-mouth. With a menu dedicated to the many different regional cuisines of Italy,...
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UPDATE: New Paltz police investigate fatal shooting

Police released this statement earlier today regarding the Easter morning murder in New Paltz. We’ll have more coverage soon. The New Paltz Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred shortly before 2 a.m. this morning, April 20, 2014. Officers on patrol observed a disturbance in front of Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub and upon investigation...
$250K Bonacic grant, $6K realtor donation for Rosendale pool replacement

$250K Bonacic grant, $6K realtor donation for Rosendale pool replacement

Efforts in Rosendale to raise funds for the replacement of the town pool, which has been out of commission for the last couple of summers, are nearing their $1.2 million goal, thanks in large part to a $250,000 grant announced on April 2 by the office of state senator John J. Bonacic(R/I/C — Mt. Hope)....
Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Chris Williams looks down with a proud smile at the rye grains spread on the floor in a rough rectangle. The pile of seeds displays telltale furrows from careful raking. His boss Angus MacDonald reaches down to examine them, noting tiny sprouts protruding from each grain. “I think we’re currently one of a dozen distilleries...
Jeff Logan is named Town of New Paltz deputy supervisor

Jeff Logan is named Town of New Paltz deputy supervisor

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet has appointed councilman Jeff Logan as deputy supervisor. “While Jeff and I had a bit of a rocky start, Jeff has been very helpful and available on many key projects the Town Board is working on,” said Zimet. “While Jeff juggles his work as a nurse and co-owner of...
Marena Mitchell: Small town proposals

Marena Mitchell: Small town proposals

This week I was presented with a suggestion for my column, one I chose to accept. Using last week as a jumping off point, my task was to figure out what it is that residents of New Paltz would like to see in our town. Now, I’m no journalist. I have little to no desire...
Highland High School inducts 36 students into the local chapter of the National Honor Society

Highland High School inducts 36 students into the local chapter of the National Honor Society

Highland High School inducted 36 students into the Terralta Chapter of the National Honor Society in evening ceremonies at the high school on Thursday, April 3. The new inductees joined 20 seniors and 30 juniors in the current membership. Students are eligible for inclusion in the National Honor Society at the end of their sophomore...
OSI closes on easement permanently protecting Hess Farm

OSI closes on easement permanently protecting Hess Farm

On Friday, March 28, an eight-year marathon effort to preserve a scenic 74-acre family farm on Sand Hill Road in Gardiner reached the finish line at last, as the Open Space Institute (OSI) closed on the acquisition of a conservation easement on the Hess Farm. The easement prevents future development and ensures that the property...
Elting Memorial Library recognizes work of volunteers

Elting Memorial Library recognizes work of volunteers

In a room filled with tasty cheeses, crackers, snacks and sparkling mineral water, volunteers chatted and mingled. Occasional laughs — like grace notes — lit the air, briefly overshadowing the crowd noise in quick staccato bursts. The volunteers were gathered last Sunday in a place they helped make a little better — the Elting Memorial...
Highland Landing Park; gondola project still in the works

Highland Landing Park; gondola project still in the works

The bundle of pilings that fell over recently on the side of the dock at Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park in Highland has yet to be brought upright, but that won’t affect the park’s opening in late spring or early summer, said Matt Smith, president of the Highland Landing Park Association that manages and develops...
Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Last week, students and parents in New Paltz and Highland protested what they see as excessive standardized testing under the Common Core standards by refusing to take state reading exams. According to New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice, on April 1 — the first day of testing — 19.8 percent of students at Lenape Elementary School...
Park Point gets IDA tax break

Park Point gets IDA tax break

The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) schedule for a developer to build student/faculty housing for SUNY New Paltz. Under terms of an offer proposed at the agency’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Wilmorite Development of Rochester will pay $522,000 a year in town, county and school...
Marena Mitchell: Exercise in free writing

Marena Mitchell: Exercise in free writing

This week has left me kind of stumped as far as writing material, so let’s see where this ends up. My free time has been dedicated mostly to catching up on episodes of Long Island Medium, a Joe Pesci movie marathon, and a weekend spent in rural New Jersey sleeping on a hardwood floor with...