Point of view: Why New Paltz needs Zero Place

Point of view: Why New Paltz needs Zero Place

I am David Shepler, the founder of Zero Place and an eight-year resident of the Village of New Paltz. I have two children in the local schools, live a stone’s throw from Zero Place and have a career...
No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on May 17 to approve a $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. There will also be a separate $480,000 bus proposition on the ballot that would allow...
One hearing closed on Foothills project; River to Ridge Trail receives scrutiny

One hearing closed on Foothills project; River to Ridge Trail receives scrutiny

New Paltz Town Planning Board members on April 11 wrapped up the months-long public hearing on the site plan for the development of the recently-acquired Foothills portion of the Mohonk Preserve, but left open one regarding the related...
Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

The next time preparing dinner and getting it all done at the same time seems like a challenge, imagine if you had to make a three-course gourmet meal in an hour without any running water or electricity and...
Bridge replacement in New Paltz on track for December completion

Bridge replacement in New Paltz on track for December completion

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein confirmed to the New Paltz Times last week that after more than a year of planning, which included several meetings and site visits with a local community Bridge Replacement Advisory Committee, site preparation...
New “pop-up” antiques shop in Highland

New “pop-up” antiques shop in Highland

Longtime antiques dealer Charles Glasner and lifelong antiques collector Vivian Yess Wadlin have teamed up to open a “pop-up” antiques and collectibles shop in Highland. The temporary store is open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m....
Rise of heroin use in New Paltz tied to prescription drug abuse

Rise of heroin use in New Paltz tied to prescription drug abuse

In some ways, New Paltz might be seen as reflective of the nation as a whole. Classically conservative and liberal values are pitted against each other, the concepts of “progress” and “small town” are compared and contrasted, and...
Mohonk Preserve hosts Bridge 2 Bridge five-mile run, offers free one-month passes to Ulster County residents

Mohonk Preserve hosts Bridge 2 Bridge five-mile run, offers free one-month passes to Ulster County residents

If you rely on a snow base ample enough for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to provide opportunities for outdoor exercise in wintertime, you may be feeling rather less than perfectly fit at the moment. But as the weather...
New Paltz Village Board considers $20,000 pay raise for mayor; hearing set for April 13

New Paltz Village Board considers $20,000 pay raise for mayor; hearing set for April 13

New Paltz Village Board members have set a hearing on next year’s budget for Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., at Village Hall. The budget includes a higher salary for the mayor — $45,000 — and Don Kerr would...
“Dine to Donate” at McGillicuddy’s raises funds for specially adapted homes for disabled vets

“Dine to Donate” at McGillicuddy’s raises funds for specially adapted homes for disabled vets

Just about everyone gives lip service to the sacrifices made by members of America’s armed forces, especially those who have been killed or maimed in wartime. But how many people put their money where their mouth is, by...
The Parish Restaurant and Bar opens at Water Street Market in New Paltz

The Parish Restaurant and Bar opens at Water Street Market in New Paltz

“There’s room for everybody,” says Theresa Fall. And that everybody goes for her fellow restaurateurs in town as well as the balance of tourists and locals in New Paltz. The proprietor of Jar’d Wine Pub at Water Street...
Annual Easter egg hunts in Highland and New Paltz this Saturday

Annual Easter egg hunts in Highland and New Paltz this Saturday

The balmy weather lately has felt more like summer than the prelude to spring. But the calendar doesn’t lie, and here it is, time once again for that annual celebration of new beginnings: the Easter egg hunt. The...
New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

The way licensing rights to stage plays work, a community theater — even a school — is not usually permitted to put on a production of a show while it’s running on the Great White Way, if it’s...
Zero Place application draws large crowd at public hearing

Zero Place application draws large crowd at public hearing

Fueled in part by a very active discussion on social media, the New Paltz Village Planning Board meeting on March 1 was before a room packed with people interested in learning more about Zero Place, the energy-efficient, four-story,...
Liz Glover Wilson launches Sunflower Art Studios to encourage local arts

Liz Glover Wilson launches Sunflower Art Studios to encourage local arts

Liz Glover Wilson is a person who sees the big picture. “This space is my canvas,” she says of the cozy environs of her recently launched Sunflower Art Studios at 120 Main Street in Gardiner, next door to...
Roost Studios and Cooperative Art Gallery seeks founding members to rent downtown loft space in New Paltz

Roost Studios and Cooperative Art Gallery seeks founding members to rent downtown loft space in New Paltz

Sometime in January, artist/educator Marcy Bernstein and attorney/photographer David Wilkes came up the stairs at 69 Main Street in New Paltz, yoga mats under their arms, hoping to take their usual class at Jai Ma Yoga, not realizing...
New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

The New Paltz Middle School Drama Club is staging The Little Mermaid, Jr. this year, an adaptation for young performers of the 1989 Disney movie and 2007 Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid. There will be two evening performances,...
Interfaith Earth Action coalition in New Paltz to take grassroots action for the environment

Interfaith Earth Action coalition in New Paltz to take grassroots action for the environment

“We want to be a voice for change,” says Jim O’Dowd of Interfaith Earth Action, a coalition of individuals from diverse faith backgrounds recently formed to address local environmental issues through grassroots action. “We express our spirituality and...
Three New Paltz runners complete 100K Bandera Endurance Run

Three New Paltz runners complete 100K Bandera Endurance Run

So how’s that New Year’s resolution coming along — the one about getting more aerobic exercise by setting aside time for running, jogging, walking or biking on a regular basis? No, me neither. And this winter we can’t...
Highland Educational Foundation’s fourth annual SnowBall will raise funds for robotics

Highland Educational Foundation’s fourth annual SnowBall will raise funds for robotics

With continuing state aid cuts adding to the difficulty of financing the basics of education, it’s hard for school districts to even think about funding any extras. So a few years back, concerned parents formed the Highland Educational...
Garvan McCloskey will open his new restaurant, Garvan’s, this month

Garvan McCloskey will open his new restaurant, Garvan’s, this month

When Garvan McCloskey opens his new restaurant “Garvan’s” later this month, “It’s going to be a nice place with super service and a nice Irish welcome,” he says. And that doesn’t mean shamrocks everywhere and crocks of gold....
Economics of shared New Paltz municipal center to be discussed Feb. 24

Economics of shared New Paltz municipal center to be discussed Feb. 24

A public information session on the progress towards building a joint municipal center to house New Paltz town and village governments was held last Thursday, but many of the questions asked weren’t ones that could be immediately answered...
Maya Gold’s parents share insights on her suicide, launch foundation to help youth

Maya Gold’s parents share insights on her suicide, launch foundation to help youth

On October 2, 2015, the New Paltz community was shaken to its foundations by the suicide of a bright, lovely, vibrant, socially engaged 15-year-old girl who seemed, from the outside, to have everything going for her. “It could...
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Local VFW requests a resolution requiring all volunteer New Paltz town boards and committees to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance

Local VFW requests a resolution requiring all volunteer New Paltz town boards and committees to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance

When the New Paltz Town Board meeting was opened last Thursday, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance was a bit louder and more passionate than usual. That’s because some 30 members of the local VFW post showed up to show their support for a resolution requiring all volunteer town boards and committees to begin...
Wendy Toman resigns as Gardiner’s recycling coordinator

Wendy Toman resigns as Gardiner’s recycling coordinator

Following a two-year tenure of implementing a broad array of reuse, recycling and cost-saving procedures at the Town of Gardiner Transfer Station, Wendy Toman has given the town notice that she will be leaving the post of recycling coordinator effective April 29. Town Supervisor Marybeth Majestic convened an emergency meeting of the Town Board on...
New Paltz Regatta on May 1 marks 61st anniversary

New Paltz Regatta on May 1 marks 61st anniversary

When the New Paltz Regatta returns on Sunday, May 1, it will be the 61st anniversary for the annual rite-of-spring event. And while the focus of attention is on the parade of handmade boats with wackier-the-better themes and the culminating competition in the Wallkill River, the spirit of the New Paltz Regatta is really more...
Eric Morabito will undertake 250-mile journey alone on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Hospital

Eric Morabito will undertake 250-mile journey alone on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Hospital

Pushing a jogging stroller containing only the basic necessities, Eric Morabito of New Paltz will set out May 19 on a solitary 250-mile walk to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. A member of the Shriners’ Adonai Lodge #718 in Highland and the Cyprus Shrine in Glenmont, NY, Morabito walks to bring awareness to the...
Route 44/55 to close May 5 for Mara Kill bridge replacement

Route 44/55 to close May 5 for Mara Kill bridge replacement

Though few will disagree that infrastructure improvements are long overdue in many communities following the belt-tightening of the Great Recession, Ulster County residents will need to plan route alternatives to cope with the many bridge construction projects scheduled for 2016. “It’s going to be a trying summer for driving in the area,” said town supervisor...
“Unsung Heroes” celebrates elder farmers with original songs to benefit RVGA at Rondout High School

“Unsung Heroes” celebrates elder farmers with original songs to benefit RVGA at Rondout High School

Here in the mostly rural mid-Hudson Valley, it’s an exciting transitional time for agriculture. Just when we were all lamenting the apparent imminent demise of the family farm, the Great Recession came along and eased development pressures quite a bit. With incomes stagnant and oil prices high, people started looking for vacation options close to...
Questions linger about fate of New Paltz Stop & Shop

Questions linger about fate of New Paltz Stop & Shop

News that the New Paltz Stop & Shop is likely to be sold as a result of the merger of its parent company with the one that owns the Hannaford chain has raised a lot of concerns. The supermarket has become a part of the economic fiber of the community, both by adding choice for...
Drug of choice: From then to now

Drug of choice: From then to now

In 1958, the drug of choice among teenagers was tobacco. In my “crowd,” all the boys smoked Lucky Strikes and all the girls smoked mentholated Kools. The girls — eyes outlined in heavy black — sauntered around in tight clothes, chewing a wad of gum, acting tough and flicking away the butt of cigarette after...
New Paltz fire Department will hold RecruitNY event on April 23

New Paltz fire Department will hold RecruitNY event on April 23

When a man becomes a fireman, his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. — NYFD Chief Edward Croker (1863-1951) Imagine a world without firefighters. Not a happy thought, is it? But as essential as their services are to every community, it’s increasingly...
Water main replacement to disrupt downtown Rosendale beginning in early May

Water main replacement to disrupt downtown Rosendale beginning in early May

Dozens of anxious business-owners and residents of downtown Rosendale had their worries about this spring’s water main replacement project at least partially allayed at a public information session that preceded the April 6 Rosendale Town Board meeting at the Rondout Municipal Center. Jason Ballard of Barton & Loguidice, DPC, the engineering firm handling the town’s...
Lloyd Town Board to reconsider PRD zoning

Lloyd Town Board to reconsider PRD zoning

The PRD, or planned residential development, zoning in the Town of Lloyd will be getting another look by Town Board members. While there were no concerns raised by the public when the law was first passed, it became an issue that reached political proportions when the Trail View development on Toc Drive was approved. While...
Longtime Family of New Paltz director Kathy Cartagena to retire in May

Longtime Family of New Paltz director Kathy Cartagena to retire in May

You know that somebody accomplishes a lot in their work when it takes two people to replace them upon retirement. That’s the case with Kathy Cartagena, who is retiring from her position as director of Family of New Paltz after 23 years. A new director and an assistant director have not yet been chosen; interviews...