Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

New Paltz Central School District voters will see three candidates on the ballot May 19. Brian Cournoyer, the Board of Education president, is running with two newcomers — Alison Easton and Michael O’Donnell. All three are running for...
90 Miles Off Broadway presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

90 Miles Off Broadway presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

It’s funny on a number of different levels,” says Jessica Rothman, director of 90 Miles Off Broadway’s latest community theater production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Opening night is Thursday, April 30 at...
GOSTDOORS show up all over town; what does it mean?

GOSTDOORS show up all over town; what does it mean?

Waiting on the traffic light at Albany Post Road and Route 44/55 in Gardiner, I mused to myself about the lustrous gold door that was suddenly standing aglow amidst the usual collection of gray rocks and debris at...
Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

As anyone can attest who has attended a meeting of any of New Paltz’s municipal boards and commissions recently, such gatherings typically offer an excuse for disgruntled residents to vent their unhappiness over one issue or another. It’s...
Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Village of New Paltz Election Day is coming up soon, on Tuesday, May 5. Last week, the New Paltz Times brought you profiles in their own words of the four candidates running for mayor (to read the interviews,...
New Paltz Town Board member Dan Torres files harassment complaint against deputy supervisor Jeff Logan

New Paltz Town Board member Dan Torres files harassment complaint against deputy supervisor Jeff Logan

An exchange prior to a New Paltz Town Board meeting last month led one member to file charges of harassment against another this week, according to a court document. Dan Torres signed a complaint alleging threats to his...
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Paul Brown: Accent on the positive

Paul Brown: Accent on the positive

“Protein Partners” is how I like to describe the seven restaurants in New Paltz that have each been generously donating ten pounds of protein to the Family of New Paltz food pantry every month for the past two years. It all began in early 2013 when a group of New Paltz High School students, enrolled...
Three run unopposed for School Board in Highland

Three run unopposed for School Board in Highland

Along with the 2015-2016 budget and two propositions (one to purchase school buses and another to establish a capital reserve fund), Highland voters on May 19 will be asked to approve three candidates on the ballot for three seats opening up on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Incumbents Debbie Pagano and Michael...
Citizen activists convene on “The Future of the Wallkill River”

Citizen activists convene on “The Future of the Wallkill River”

In welcoming the crowd of about 150 clean water advocates who turned out for the symposium on “The Future of the Wallkill River” that convened last Thursday afternoon at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, mayor Jason West called attention to the Regatta coming up on May 3: “That’s the one day a year that...
New Paltz Regatta marks 60 years since its first appearance

New Paltz Regatta marks 60 years since its first appearance

It’s been 60 years since the first New Paltz Regatta paraded down Main Street to launch homemade watercraft in the Wallkill River. And what began as a SUNY fraternity activity back in 1955 has now become one of the best-attended community events in town; a wacky and lighthearted excuse to get outside with friends after...
Open Studio Tour in Gardiner reveals artists’ life and work

Open Studio Tour in Gardiner reveals artists’ life and work

The fourth Gardiner Open Studio Tour on May 2 and 3, offers both curious observers and serious collectors the opportunity to peek into the work lives of 20 diverse local artists. For this article, several of them opened their doors ahead of time to talk a bit about what they do, how and sometimes, why....
A Day’s Work: Voleile Derisse – proprietor of Frenchy’s Taxi & Transportation Service

A Day’s Work: Voleile Derisse – proprietor of Frenchy’s Taxi & Transportation Service

A conversation with Voleile Derisse is punctuated by frequent laughter; his and your own. This easygoing man is very pleasant company and his joie de vivre is catching. So when he says his philosophy about running his new taxi service is based on “treating people right,” I’m inclined to believe him. “It’s customer service at its...
SUNY New Paltz Neanderthal Project seeks ancient answers

SUNY New Paltz Neanderthal Project seeks ancient answers

A man with a pronounced forehead stands before you, holding a makeshift bludgeon. He’s slouched, muscular and a little crude. Uncouth and covered in hair, he wears a simple garment made from animal hide. When you look at him, he’s familiar — but not quite totally human. He’s something other. When most people hear the word...
Residents meet to discuss the formation of a Fire District in New Paltz

Residents meet to discuss the formation of a Fire District in New Paltz

Based on the questions that were asked at the April 14 informational meeting, residents of New Paltz may be receptive to creating a joint fire district that covers the entire town, including the village within it. For that process to move forward would still require cooperation among members of the town and village boards, but...
Early intervention is key to reversing the progression of autism

Early intervention is key to reversing the progression of autism

“Like typical parents, we had an excuse or a reason for why our son was doing what he was doing,” says Melissa Skillman. When 18-month-old Mason would sit in a corner and spin the wheels on a toy car for hours on end, she and husband Mark just laughed it off. “Oh, he’s working on...
The New Paltz Fire Department will hold a recruitment open house on April 25

The New Paltz Fire Department will hold a recruitment open house on April 25

It’s getting harder these days for volunteer fire departments to find new members. So five years ago the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) came up with a plan to boost volunteer membership: RecruitNY events held statewide during the same weekend in April at nearly 500 local firehouses where the communities can...
Historic Huguenot Street gears up for the season with new tours

Historic Huguenot Street gears up for the season with new tours

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) is gearing up for the season ahead with new tours planned for 2015. In addition to the traditional guided tours offered on weekdays, weekend tours this year will combine the best of the traditional tour with elements from last year’s “In-The-Moment” tours. That approach involves guides skilled in improvisation, wearing period...
Gardiner’s main thoroughfare sports festive new banners

Gardiner’s main thoroughfare sports festive new banners

There’s a fresh new look to the hamlet of Gardiner these days. The old-fashioned-style lampposts that line the main thoroughfare, installed along with the sidewalks a few years back, are sporting festive forest-green banners, each announcing “Welcome” and the name of a local business. The project to hang the banners all started with Nicole Lane,...