Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Photos by Rich Corozine   Last season was a kind of break-even season for the New Paltz and Highland boys and girls soccer teams. The Highland boys won their first Section 9 title in 17 years; the New...
New Paltz officials address concerns from Plains Road residents regarding proposed water district #5

New Paltz officials address concerns from Plains Road residents regarding proposed water district #5

New Paltz town and village officials are seeking to ease concerns voiced by Plains Road residents regarding the proposed water district #5, which is intended to replace private wells so homeowners don’t run the risk of theirs running...
Proposed amendments to Master Plan for Lake Minnewaska area, August 26 deadline for comment

Proposed amendments to Master Plan for Lake Minnewaska area, August 26 deadline for comment

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation held a public meeting last Wednesday on the SUNY New Paltz campus. Dozens of community members were in attendance to discuss several proposed amendments to the 2010...
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Paul Brown: The New Paltz intersections we love to hate – Part One

Paul Brown: The New Paltz intersections we love to hate – Part One

As you drive through the town and village of New Paltz along Route 299/Main Street, you pass through several intersections that spark heated discussions in our little corner of the world. New Paltz residents are passionate about this topic, as I was quick to learn when a question I posed on local social media about...
Student writers Meaghan McElroy and Chloe Driscoll are the new student profile writers for the New Paltz Times

Student writers Meaghan McElroy and Chloe Driscoll are the new student profile writers for the New Paltz Times

The staff of The Maroon — the school newspaper at New Paltz Central High School — will lend the talents of two of their staff members to New Paltz Times over the course of the 2015-2016 school year. Editor-in-chief Meaghan McElroy and senior editor Chloe Driscoll, both entering their senior year at the high school,...
Back to school in New Paltz

Back to school in New Paltz

When dropping off their kids at the front parking lot next week, New Paltz Middle School parents can expect one-way traffic. Entry into the front lot will only occur from South Manheim Boulevard, and the lone exit will be a right-only turn onto Main Street, according to superintendent Maria Rice. “Why are we doing it?...
Raj Pandya: Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

Raj Pandya: Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

“Most people who get into astronomy are into it as a young person,” says Raj Pandya, director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz. “I had a general interest in it when I was a kid, but I never went to space camp or anything like that. For me it really started...
SUNY New Paltz welcomes 1,100 freshmen students and their families on moving-in day

SUNY New Paltz welcomes 1,100 freshmen students and their families on moving-in day

Suitcases, cardboard boxes and many, many plastic storage containers and crates holding a school year’s worth of clothing and personal belongings were carried and carted into 14 residence halls throughout SUNY New Paltz last Thursday, August 20. Trashcans on campus, filling up fast with empty boxes that had just packaged desk lamps and other dorm...
Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) will debut the “1677 Huguenot Wheat,” a strong wheat ale inspired by the beers of the early 18th century, this Saturday, August 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Brewed by The Gilded Otter brewmaster Darren Currier, the ale recipe was researched by beer scholar Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer and...
Cramped Plattekill Public Library angling to buy former cider mill in Modena

Cramped Plattekill Public Library angling to buy former cider mill in Modena

If you take a look at the Plattekill Public Library’s website, you’re likely to marvel at all the services available there and all the programming that it manages to cram into each week: two events, most days. “We offer the largest summer reading program I’ve seen,” with separate sessions for kids, teens and adults, says...
Mohonk Mountain House celebrates the peak of summer bloom with its 80th annual Garden Holiday event (with photo gallery)

Mohonk Mountain House celebrates the peak of summer bloom with its 80th annual Garden Holiday event (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Arriving at Mohonk Mountain House, surrounded by so much beauty, one tends to initially perceive the landscaping and gardens there as part of the entire vista, with all of it melding into an overall impression of loveliness. But stop and take a closer look, or better yet, a guided tour...
A.J. Schenkman appointed Gardiner town historian

A.J. Schenkman appointed Gardiner town historian

Longtime Gardiner town historian Carleton Mabee, who died on December 18, 2014, six days shy of his 100th birthday, was a tough act to follow. Professor emeritus in the history department at SUNY New Paltz, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his biography of Samuel F. B. Morse and wrote a well-regarded book...
Hudson Valley RibFest takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (with photo gallery)

Hudson Valley RibFest takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Ulster County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz hosted a celebration of all things barbecue at the eleventh annual Hudson Valley RibFest last weekend. The RibFest is organized every year by the Highland Rotary Club, who enlist hundreds of volunteers to put on the three-day event. The proceeds...
New 225-occupant residence hall opens at SUNY New Paltz

New 225-occupant residence hall opens at SUNY New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 11 to officially open its newest student residence. Ridgeview Hall, a three-story, 69,000-square-foot structure built at a cost of $33 million, will provide on-campus housing for 225 undergraduates. Inaugural residents include first-year, transfer and returning students. Ridgeview Hall is the 14th residence hall on campus....
Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Each summer, Highland Landing Park Association’s annual meeting falls on or near the birthday of the association’s president Matt Smith. As a result, members of the board of trustees top off each year’s potluck supper with a logo-frosted birthday cake for all to share. During the association’s business meeting on August 8, Smith itemized the...