SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: "Challenging the Attacks on Public Education"

SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education”

SUNY New Paltz will host “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education: Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Coykendall science auditorium on the New Paltz campus. The program...
Young Performers’ Edition of the Wizard of Oz to be performed at the New Paltz Middle School

Young Performers’ Edition of the Wizard of Oz to be performed at the New Paltz Middle School

As Dorothy Gale learned in The Wizard of Oz, there truly is “no place like home.” But sometimes, when it comes to seeking out something fun for the family to do, we overlook what we can find right...
Frida’s Bakery & Café offers artisanal baked goods and creative casual dining

Frida’s Bakery & Café offers artisanal baked goods and creative casual dining

It’s always a good sign when a café makes its own bread and pastries. At the recently opened Frida’s Bakery & Café in Milton, those duties are divided between “Dave-the-Baker” Meltzer, who comes in by midnight every evening...
OSI acquires Watchtower’s “Hillside” property for bridge-to-Ridge trail corridor

OSI acquires Watchtower’s “Hillside” property for bridge-to-Ridge trail corridor

A “huge conservation win” that will enable creation of “a recreational trail that will be among the most scenic in North America”: That’s the ambitious vision of Kim Elliman, president and CEO of the Open Space Institute (OSI)...
Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Whither the Village of New Paltz’s Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), now that its battle to ban the distribution of non-biodegradable plastic bags by downtown businesses has been won? “We still have work to do to land the ship...
Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

The deadline for filing petitions to run in the Village of New Paltz elections on May 5 is coming up fast, at the end of March. The four-year terms of mayor Jason West and two incumbent Village Board...
Poll: Can a successful supervisor hold a second job?

Poll: Can a successful supervisor hold a second job?

Recently, New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet accepted a full-time job as the executive director of Hunger Action Network of New York State in Albany. She plans to continue on as supervisor, which is also considered a full-time...
"Secrets of the Shawangunks" lecture series returns every Thursday in February

“Secrets of the Shawangunks” lecture series returns every Thursday in February

For the past 15 or so years, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership has offered a winter lecture series, “Secrets of the Shawangunks.” Held every Thursday evening in February from 7-8:30 p.m. in the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center,...
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Paul Brown: Everything you always wanted to know about assessments, real estate taxes and more

Paul Brown: Everything you always wanted to know about assessments, real estate taxes and more

Ever wonder what the assessment is on that big house down the road and what the owners pay in taxes? Nah, me neither. How about that in-ground pool you get a glimpse of from the road? Curious about how much that adds to the assessment? Nope, me neither. Well, good for us, since satisfying that...
New Paltz Climbing Cooperative plans to build again after disastrous fire

New Paltz Climbing Cooperative plans to build again after disastrous fire

When a fire in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 7 destroyed the building at 91 North Chestnut Street in New Paltz, it took away more than the climbing and training gear inside belonging to the members of the New Paltz Climbing Cooperative, who had made the location their home base since 2011. The...
Lloyd Historical Society to present documentary film on early flight

Lloyd Historical Society to present documentary film on early flight

Imagine yourself flying in a small open-cockpit plane, nothing between you and the blue sky while you soar over the Hudson River, the fabric of the craft’s skin flapping around you. Viewers will experience that, vicariously, when the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society presents Aerodrome, an award-winning documentary film, on Monday, March 2, 7...
Plans for a “necklace” of interconnected trails creep closer to reality

Plans for a “necklace” of interconnected trails creep closer to reality

“Imagine a scenario some years out where someone could bring their bicycle on the Metro North train to Poughkeepsie and then ride all the way to the Catskills or Ellenville.” So says Chris White, a New Paltz resident and the deputy director of planning for Ulster County, putting into words a long-held dream of many...
Ulster County greenlights repair/replacement of New Paltz’s Carmine Liberta

Ulster County greenlights repair/replacement of New Paltz’s Carmine Liberta

All roads may lead to Rome, proverbially; but in the mid-Hudson, all trails — rail trails especially — seem to lead to New Paltz. And as Ulster County executive Michael Hein’s master tourism plan for a 100-mile “necklace” of bicycle and pedestrian pathways clicks into place piece by piece, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the...
Paul Brown: What did they know and when did they know it?

Paul Brown: What did they know and when did they know it?

Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet has asserted on numerous occasions that ‘there is no plan’ for a sewer plant to be built on two parcels of land adjacent to New Paltz High School, one parcel owned by town councilman Kevin Barry and the second by a Limited Liability Company, of which Tim Copeland...
A day’s work: Carol West, New Paltz highway department secretary

A day’s work: Carol West, New Paltz highway department secretary

New Paltz Highway department secretary Carol West is the person on the other end of the line when you call to complain about snow plowing, tree trimming or road conditions. So it’s no surprise that when asked what attributes are necessary to do her job, her response is, “patience, a sense of humor and a...
Woodland Pond residents boogie to “Break the Chain” on Valentine’s Day

Woodland Pond residents boogie to “Break the Chain” on Valentine’s Day

In the early afternoon of Valentine’s Day 2015 — or V-Day, as The Vagina Monologues playwright/activist Eve Ensler likes to call it, adding deeper levels of meaning — the snow was coming down more heavily and beginning to stick; the roads were getting slippery. But that didn’t faze women (and their male allies) in the...
Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

To some, New Paltz town supervisor Susan Zimet represents a strong woman in local government — someone unafraid to stand up and speak for her beliefs. As an activist, she’s fought hydraulic fracturing in New York State and hounded Albany for tax reform. The town budgets her administration submits routinely come in at or below...
Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Election Day for the Village of New Paltz – which happens in May, not November — is fast approaching, and as of presstime, incumbent mayor Jason West had not yet tipped his hand as to whether he will seek reelection. But the race is heating up fast, as a third contender has now announced his...
Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

In a move designed to help create a “new car-culture” on campus, SUNY New Paltz has installed six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) expects the stations to play an important role in fulfilling the Campus Sustainability Plan, signed by president Donald...
$135K grant will help Stone Ridge Orchards build Food Hub, connector trail

$135K grant will help Stone Ridge Orchards build Food Hub, connector trail

When apple-picking season comes around, residents of southeastern Ulster County’s rich orchard country have many appealing u-pick venues from which to choose. But those who place highest priority on minimal use of chemical pesticides on the fruit that they ingest know to head for Stone Ridge Orchards (SRO), located west of High Falls on Route...