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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ALS fundraiser at Crossfit 299 features Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat

ALS fundraiser at Crossfit 299 features Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat

When people look back on the summer of 2014 and how it manifested in terms of pop culture, one of the things that we’re going to remember is the skyrocketing popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge. What started out as a fundraising activity for a variety of good causes, the Cold Water Challenge, upped its...
Heroism honored in Highland on 13th anniversary of 9/11, loved ones not forgotten

Heroism honored in Highland on 13th anniversary of 9/11, loved ones not forgotten

On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Highland resident Ulyses Williams addressed the crowd gathered for a commemorative ceremony outside Highland Fire Department Station No. 1. Standing within feet of the memorial monument created from a twisted artifact of metal from Ground Zero, Williams thanked the people of the Highland community for their...
Redeemer Lutheran Church marks anniversary with concerts benefitting Family

Redeemer Lutheran Church marks anniversary with concerts benefitting Family

New Paltz is home to many historic churches, most notably the Crispell Memorial French Church on Historic Huguenot Street. This Sunday, September 21, another place of worship will recognize its own noteworthy anniversary. The Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold a ceremony and community event to celebrate its 60th anniversary as a congregation. Organized by a...
Pfalz Point Trail Challenge at Mohonk Preserve on Sunday, September 28

Pfalz Point Trail Challenge at Mohonk Preserve on Sunday, September 28

Lace up your running shoes and register now for the Pfalz Point Trail Challenge at Mohonk Preserve on Sunday, September 28. Run on ten miles of extraordinary running trails with broad open meadows with spectacular views, steep and rocky footpaths and gently rolling carriage roads. The course, which begins and ends at the Preserve’s Spring...
Holistic Health & Wellness Fair returns to Elting Library grounds (with photo gallery)

Holistic Health & Wellness Fair returns to Elting Library grounds (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness – an open and noble temper. – Ralph Waldo Emerson   It was fitting that the same day that hundreds of athletes tested their mettle in the Survival of the Shawangunks Triathlon at the Mohonk Preserve, below, in the...
Clean Water & Open Space Commission unveils plan for Millbrook Preserve

Clean Water & Open Space Commission unveils plan for Millbrook Preserve

After years of planning, the Millbrook Preserve may soon become a reality for New Paltz residents. Originally conceived by the Clean Water and Open Space Commission (CWOSP)) at its founding in 2000, the Preserve as proposed is an approximately 240-acre parcel composed of wetlands, woods, beaver habitat and open space in the northern part of...
24th annual Taste of New Paltz returns to Ulster County Fairgrounds on Sept. 14

24th annual Taste of New Paltz returns to Ulster County Fairgrounds on Sept. 14

Thousands of visitors are expected to converge at the Ulster County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road this Sunday, September 14 for the 24th annual Taste of New Paltz from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s really just a wonderful afternoon in New Paltz and a whole lot of fun,” says Paty Lott, who runs the Gray...
Gardiner Day marks its quarter century on Sept. 13

Gardiner Day marks its quarter century on Sept. 13

Attendees of the 25th annual Gardiner Day on Saturday, September 13 at Majestic Park can expect a full day of family-friendly activities and community camaraderie from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, thanks to the all-volunteer Gardiner Day Committee, who raise funds year-round to put on the event along with their other activities,...
Paul Brown: Ebola and UCIDA have something in common

Paul Brown: Ebola and UCIDA have something in common

They both can bleed you dry. The Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 when a more benign infection mutated into the deadly form of the virus that the medical community is faced with today. Ebola attacks the vital organs and causes internal and external bleeding, resulting in death in more than 50% of cases. The...
Inn at Kettleboro off to a splendid start with five stars on Trip Advisor

Inn at Kettleboro off to a splendid start with five stars on Trip Advisor

It takes a certain kind of personality to succeed at running a bed-and-breakfast. You have to enjoy the company of strangers and be able to evince sincere interest in their chitchat, day in and day out, no matter what mood you’re in. You also have to be well-informed and enthusiastic about the myriad sorts of...
Jason Conway takes the reins as New Paltz Rescue Squad chief

Jason Conway takes the reins as New Paltz Rescue Squad chief

When he graduated from New Paltz High School in 2006, Jason Conway admits, he didn’t have a clear vision for a career, or plans to attend college, nor even a favorite academic subject, sport or school club. “In high school I never really thought of EMS or medicine,” he says. But as of three weeks...
New Paltz town, village boards meet with Historic Huguenot Street

New Paltz town, village boards meet with Historic Huguenot Street

In a long, low room of the 1799 LeFevre House on Historic Huguenot Street (HHS), members of the New Paltz town and village boards held a joint meeting on Wednesday, August 27. Town councilmen Dan Torres and Kevin Barry, deputy supervisor Jeff Logan, mayor Jason West, deputy mayor Rebecca Rotzler and trustee Ariana Basco attended....