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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Mark Sherman: I’m not so bad

Mark Sherman: I’m not so bad

“Getting organized is unquestionably good for both mind and body — reducing risks for falls, helping eliminate germs and making it easier to find things like medicine and exercise gear.” – Tara Parker-Pope, “A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves,” New York Times, Jan. 1, 2008 The fact that I am starting this...
Accent on New Paltz: Ohioville sojourn

Accent on New Paltz: Ohioville sojourn

As our summer residents and visitors exit the Thruway and turn left onto Route 299, drive down through the village and across the river to enjoy all that west of the Wallkill has to offer, we might remind them that there are also plenty of fun things to do east of the Wallkill. Consider the...
90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

In a basement rehearsal space at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on a recent Friday afternoon, a handful of young actors-in-training are blocking their scene, working on how to best coordinate their stage movements to express the lyrics in the song they’re learning. The youngsters are part of the 90 Miles Off Broadway Summer...
New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

For a few storefronts in New Paltz, change has come. ShopRite Plaza will see the opening of Just-A-Buck dollar store this August, Twistee Cone is Frosty Rock Creamery reborn under a new name and new ownership, and Dunkin’ Donuts has a slick new makeover. Here’s a little more information about all the changes.   Twistee...
Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

If you will be passing through Rosendale this weekend, July 19 and 20, either plan on taking a long detour around downtown — or, better yet, plan to stay and have a blast! Main Street (Route 213) between Route 32 and the Keator Avenue bridge across the Rondout Creek will be closed off to automobile...
The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

For the 12th straight year, the Gardiner 5K Classic run/walk will grace the hamlet, this year, like the previous eight, with proceeds going to the Gardiner Fire Department and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The race is Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. and it will begin and end at Majestic Park. The kid’s fun...
Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

When it returns on July 18-20, expect the Hudson Valley Chalk Festival 2014 to be better than ever, organizers said. Based in New Paltz’s Water Street Market, Chalk Fest will feature 21 top chalk artists — along with more than 14 local artists. “It’s pretty big. We have a lot more artists coming this year,”...
Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Photos by Rich Corozine   Unison Arts center is throwing a two-fer out on Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz: the 16th annual sculpture exhibition outside in the wood surrounding the center and inside the work of 88-year-old sculptor (she also has work outside) and painter Hannah Eshel. So it’s interesting just to roam around...
Fireworks in Highland bring the holiday to a spectacular close

Fireworks in Highland bring the holiday to a spectacular close

Accompanied by song lyrics that ran the gamut from the “purple mountain majesties” of America, the Beautiful to Katy Perry’s “Baby, you’re a firework,” Highland put on a spectacular show of fireworks Saturday, July 5 at the hamlet’s Town Field. There was great variety in the sequence of the show, with huge boomers and rings...
New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

As the sun went down on the Ulster County Fairgrounds, families sat in the parking lot, tailgating in the back of SUVs and trucks, pulling cold drinks from big coolers. Their eyes were fixed at the sky. Above them was a clear, cloudless night, with Mars a pale red dot above the bright half-moon. Inside...
A Fair Day in High Falls returns July 12

A Fair Day in High Falls returns July 12

When talking about annual community celebrations that have an impressive multiyear track record, it’s customary for boosters to identify them as the fifth, tenth, 25th or whatever of their kind. But for the big outdoor wingding that gets pretty much everybody in the hamlet of High Falls out on the streets for one day each...
Rosendale Pool Fund within $100K of goal; demolition to begin shortly

Rosendale Pool Fund within $100K of goal; demolition to begin shortly

After two years of furious fundraising, the end is in sight for all those Rosendalers and folks from surrounding communities who really miss the Town Pool at the Rosendale Recreation Center on Route 32. “The present status is that we will be starting demolition for the pool this season,” reports Town of Rosendale recreation director...