New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   As parents, friends and grandparents wait politely listening to speeches, the mood at New Paltz’s high school football field is muted, joyful and reflective. Outdoors, emerald leaves flutter beneath a gorgeous azure sky;...
Historic Huguenot Street marks Cider Week with Cider Market & Tasting

Historic Huguenot Street marks Cider Week with Cider Market & Tasting

It wasn’t the greatest of weekends for outdoor events, but intermittent rain last Saturday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hard cider fanciers who converged on the Cider Market and Tasting hosted by Historic Huguenot Street in New...
Eugene Stetz paints mural from forklift at corner of Routes 299 and 208 in New Paltz

Eugene Stetz paints mural from forklift at corner of Routes 299 and 208 in New Paltz

While walking or driving through downtown New Paltz this past week, particularly at night, you may have noticed High Falls artist Eugene Stetz, 26, on a lift or ladder painting the beginnings of what is going to be...
John Fazio Farms BBQ & Farm Market in Modena serves up fresh meats and flavorful BBQ

John Fazio Farms BBQ & Farm Market in Modena serves up fresh meats and flavorful BBQ

Eating rabbit is a novel experience for many people. Rabbit meat is not generally found in your grocer’s meat case or on your mainstream restaurant menu, and when it is, diners may be reluctant to try it. But...
Worried Prospect Street residents bring bus station woes to new mayor, Village Board

Worried Prospect Street residents bring bus station woes to new mayor, Village Board

New Paltz’s newly configured Village Board held its first meeting on June 10, picking its way through a long agenda with few actions taken. The most significant decision of the evening was to form an ad hoc committee...
The Mohonk Consultations 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award is given to Ann Guenther

The Mohonk Consultations 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award is given to Ann Guenther

For over 25 years, naturalist, activist and educator Ann Guenther has been introducing people of all ages to the wonders of nature. Like an environmental Pied Piper, Guenther has inspired thousands of people on her guided walks at...
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Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Highland High School football field was the setting last Thursday, June 25 for the 138 members of the graduating class of 2015 to claim their diplomas. Principal Peter Harris, a 1991 Highland High School graduate, welcomed the senior class and their families and friends, asking the parents of graduates...
A Day’s Work: Travel agent Colleen Gillette

A Day’s Work: Travel agent Colleen Gillette

Colleen Gillette entered the travel business in 1979 at a time of dramatic change in the industry, shortly after the federal government deregulated the airlines. But that was only the beginning of the significant shifts in the way travel bookings would be handled in the nearly four decades to follow. Technology and social media would...
New Palz Garden Club awards annual scholarship at its “Table Carousel” event

New Palz Garden Club awards annual scholarship at its “Table Carousel” event

The New Paltz Garden Club held a “Table Carousel” event last Monday, June 15 at the Ulster County BOCES Conference Center. Nearly 100 members of the club that helps keep New Paltz beautiful attended the fundraiser held every 18 months or so in alternating spring and fall affairs. Funds raised at the event go toward...
Carmine Liberta Bridge Committee gains consensus, takes summer recess

Carmine Liberta Bridge Committee gains consensus, takes summer recess

When it comes to the new-and-improved Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz, check another item off the list. Lighting for the bridge’s cantilevered sidewalk will, most likely, be luxrail-style LED handrail lighting, according to the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement committee. Lighting above the bridge will be minimalistic — not stylistic — and affordable, they added...
“The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015” is open at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

“The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015” is open at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

Photos by Lauren Thomas   For people who think visually, the old bromide that “One picture is worth a thousand words” is a given. But the verbal and visual arts are by no means exclusive lenses through which our world can be viewed and described. “The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015,” which opened...
Jeff Logan harassment charge to be dismissed

Jeff Logan harassment charge to be dismissed

New Paltz deputy town supervisor Jeff Logan is unlikely to suffer any penalty for allegedly whispering a profanity-laced tirade into the ear of fellow Town Board member Dan Torres in March. He appeared before justice Kevin V. Hunt of the Shawangunk Justice Court on Monday night, where Hunt adjourned the matter in contemplation of dismissal....
Paul Brown – Seeing double

Paul Brown – Seeing double

Holding up a plate I had just washed and eyeing the ketchup along the edge, my wife sighed and said, “You really do need to get your eyes checked.” She had been saying this more frequently over the past several months but, as I am wont to do whenever she brings up anything even remotely...
The new Mexican Kitchen in New Paltz offers fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine

The new Mexican Kitchen in New Paltz offers fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine

“We’re trying to give people the real, authentic Mexican experience here,” says chef owner Adam Monteverde about his newly opened Mexican Kitchen on North Front Street in New Paltz. “Everything is made in house using only fresh, local ingredients and we’re really letting the flavors speak for themselves.” The Woodstock native and Culinary Institute grad...
Zero Waste Day is held in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Zero Waste Day is held in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The New Paltz ReUse and Recycling Center on Clearwater Road hosted the fourth annual Zero Waste Day last Saturday, June 13. Live music was provided by the Woodcrest Bruderhof community and Lion Zen, and a plant swap was added this year. The purpose of the event was to broaden awareness...
Sharon Howard starts Highland chapter of Bonnie Boxes: Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors

Sharon Howard starts Highland chapter of Bonnie Boxes: Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors

A “wrap-and-pack” event might sound like a sedate affair, with the only sounds being the crinkle of tape and paper. The reality is more like a mashup of an assembly line, a kids’ birthday party and what goes on late at night on Christmas Eve in certain households. This chaotic cacophony clearly has a purpose,...
A day’s work: Deanna Bellacicco Breault - the creator of Bella’s Home-Baked Goods

A day’s work: Deanna Bellacicco Breault – the creator of Bella’s Home-Baked Goods

Growing up in Highland in a large extended family of Italian heritage, it wasn’t home-baked chocolate chip cookies Deanna Bellacicco came home from school to. “I was brought up with my mother and grandmother making anise biscotti,” she says. Little did she know then that the traditional Italian cookie would transcend those fond childhood memories...
Denny Dillon reopens her Stone Ridge gallery the Drawing Room

Denny Dillon reopens her Stone Ridge gallery the Drawing Room

When Lorne Michaels and most of the original cast of Saturday Night Live bailed in 1980, one of the bright spots in the lean year that followed was Denny Dillon. Her yenta character Pinky Waxman, tag-teaming with Gilbert Gottfried, is credited with bringing the phrase “Who knew?” into the popular lexicon. By then she was...