Family of New Paltz looks to New Year’s Eve gala, matching campaign to replenish coffers

Family of New Paltz looks to New Year’s Eve gala, matching campaign to replenish coffers

Remember what was happening the day before Thanksgiving? Snow came down — lots of it. It stuck around just long enough to put a serious dent in one of Family of New Paltz’s biggest annual fundraising events: the...
Mark Rosen’s Rockin’ Christmas Eve returns on ROCK 93-3

Mark Rosen’s Rockin’ Christmas Eve returns on ROCK 93-3

Quick: What would you surmise is the longest-running radio show in the Hudson Valley? Whatever you guessed, it’s probably wrong. The true answer to that question is a program that, like Christmas itself, comes but once a year:...
Gardiner Transfer Station and Recycling Center covers all the angles

Gardiner Transfer Station and Recycling Center covers all the angles

At a time when increasing fees charged to Ulster County transfer stations are causing town officials to contemplate difficult options — raising permit fees, consolidation with other towns or even closing altogether — the Town of Gardiner’s transfer...
Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

On November 10, William Zimmer assumed his new position as assistant principal at Highland High School (HHS). Hired to replace longtime Highland educator Sarah Dudley-Lemek, who was promoted last year to the position of assistant superintendent for administration,...
New Paltz Town Board and Board of Education at odds over proposed sewage treatment plant next to the high school

New Paltz Town Board and Board of Education at odds over proposed sewage treatment plant next to the high school

What sewage treatment plant? That was the response of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education after learning of Town Board-approved plans apparently already in progress to build a sewage treatment plant directly adjacent to the...
Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread display at Bevier House Museum

Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread display at Bevier House Museum

The circa-1680 Bevier House Museum in Marbletown has a lot of ties to Ulster County history. The house served as a refuge for residents of Kingston fleeing the burning of their city by the British in 1777, and...
New Paltz, Gardiner, Highland & Rosendale celebrate the start of the holiday season

New Paltz, Gardiner, Highland & Rosendale celebrate the start of the holiday season

While some Paltzonians have been expressing disappointment with the small, rather sad-looking silver-on-blue snowflake pennants lining Main Street this holiday season — replacing the large, lit snowflakes of years past — the New Paltz Downtown Business Association is...
Executive director announces departure from New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce

Executive director announces departure from New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce

Peter Ingellis, executive director of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, has informed his board of directors that he will be leaving the Chamber on December 12 to take a position in private industry. Ingellis’ announcement came...
New Paltz School District will put same $52.9 million bond back up before voters on January 27

New Paltz School District will put same $52.9 million bond back up before voters on January 27

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19, the New Paltz Central School District voted 7-0 to put the same $52.9 million bond proposal for capital improvements back up before voters at the earliest possible date. The vote...
Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

For the farmer, growing our food is one thing and getting it to us is another. That’s especially true for the smaller farms, who don’t consistently produce the volume necessary to supply a big distribution broker. But that’s...
New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

The Village of New Paltz has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags — the kind typically used in supermarkets and other retail shops — set to go into effect this coming April. The law’s passage has garnered...
Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Nearly two dozen members of the American Postal Workers Local 3722 — Mid-Hudson Area participated in a National Day of Action Rally at the New Paltz Post Office on Friday, November 14. The event was one of 150...
Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Though she didn’t start running until she was in her 40s — a career that led up to her finishing her third New York City Marathon at the age of 80 on November 2  — Geri Owens was...
New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

Now that the New Paltz Central School District has seen another defeat of a school bond proposal — its second in four years — what’s next? “Time is not on our side,” said New Paltz Board of Education...
Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Most of us are well accustomed to reading the labels on the packaging of the foods we eat. But how many of us pay attention to the labels on the skin care products we use? Our skin is...
Election results in the Town of Rosendale

Election results in the Town of Rosendale

While Democrats nationally hunkered down for a rough slog on Election Night, Rosendale Democrats had reason to celebrate: For the first time in a long while, they managed to recapture a majority on the Town Board. Their candidate...
One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

When the One Book/One New Paltz Committee starts meeting each February to try to weed down a hundred-or-so recommended titles into a more manageable shortlist of prospects for the next communitywide reading festival, it’s way too early for...
Fifth annual Zombiefest returns to Rosendale

Fifth annual Zombiefest returns to Rosendale

With an expression of innocent trust on her face, a towheaded toddler in a raspberry-pink tulle skirt gazes up at the alarming-looking man who is extending his hand to her. Clad in blood-spattered hospital scrubs, his face gangrenous...
Halloween happenings in New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale and Highland

Halloween happenings in New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale and Highland

The crisp fall air is upon us and with it, Halloween. On October 24-26 and November 1-2 Haunted Huguenot Street tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center hourly beginning at 4 p.m., with the final tour...
Flash mob promotes Diwali Festival of Lights at Elting Library

Flash mob promotes Diwali Festival of Lights at Elting Library

Unsuspecting New Paltz residents and visitors got a surprise last Sunday when a Bollywood flashdance broke out at Water Street Market. Most of the dancers were students from SUNY New Paltz, who participated in the event to promote...
Sawyer Savings moves Highland branch to new location on Route 9W

Sawyer Savings moves Highland branch to new location on Route 9W

Sawyer Savings held a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, October 8 at its new location in Highland at 3515 Route 9W. The branch is located on the former site of Casa Mia restaurant. On hand to welcome the bank to...
New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz village trustees are considering a major amendment to the law governing parking in the village. At the October 8 Village Board meeting, trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads proposed an amendment which would, in Rhoads’s words,...
Alfandre Architecture receives New Building Project of the Year Award

Alfandre Architecture receives New Building Project of the Year Award

Alfandre Architecture has been awarded the Best New Building Project of the Year Award by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce for its new building located at 231 Main Street in New Paltz. The building is a...
Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Town of New Paltz municipal employees should be able to relocate their offices from the hopelessly mold-contaminated Town Hall to rented modular units before the snow flies, it was announced at a special Town Board meeting on Thursday,...
Introducing our regional alternative currency, the Hudson Valley Current

Introducing our regional alternative currency, the Hudson Valley Current

“The purpose of the Current is to flow.” That, in a nutshell, encapsulates the economic philosophy of Chris Hewitt, publisher of the Rosendale-based Country Wisdom News. But it isn’t the waters of the Hudson River that he’s talking...
New Ulster County dog park opens in New Paltz

New Ulster County dog park opens in New Paltz

A grand opening was held by “For Paws of Ulster” on Saturday, September 27 for the new Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz. The official ribbon cutting accompanied by officials had already happened earlier in the week,...
Gardiner regains a farmers’ market

Gardiner regains a farmers’ market

The Gardiner Green Market will set up its tents every Friday through October 24 at the entrance to the rail-trail on Route 44/55. There’s plenty of parking nearby. Though the hours are still officially 4 to 7 p.m.,...
Grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz

Grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz

A grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park will be held this Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dog park is located at the Field of Dreams (the rear of the property),...
Gardiner will hold a Senior Expo offering advice, information and resources

Gardiner will hold a Senior Expo offering advice, information and resources

The Senior Expo slated for Tuesday, September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gardiner Town Hall is, of course, intended for the older residents among us, but it’s also for their caregivers, friends and family as well...
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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Lucky C Stables holds tenth annual Ponies and Toys Toy Drive to benefit Family of New Paltz

Lucky C Stables holds tenth annual Ponies and Toys Toy Drive to benefit Family of New Paltz

It’s nice to find something novel to do with the kids at holiday time. Even better if it’s something fun and festive that gives them an activity to participate in while honoring the true meaning of the season; something like the event held on Sunday, December 14, at Lucky C Stables in New Paltz. The...
New Paltz Eve provides alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s festivities

New Paltz Eve provides alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s festivities

Champagne at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a grand auld custom; but for anyone who has ever experienced a near miss with a drunken driver, the 31st of December can feel like an awfully good time to stick close to home. Many of us have asked ourselves, “Why can’t there be more fun things...
Gardiner town historian Carleton Mabee dies one week short of his 100th birthday

Gardiner town historian Carleton Mabee dies one week short of his 100th birthday

Gardiner is in mourning this week, when it had intended to be celebrating the 100th birthday of one of its most illustrious residents. And this correspondent must sadly rework a profile of that resident that had been meant to mark a happy occasion, but now must pay tribute to his legacy instead. Eminent historian Carleton...
Walkway elects new chair, board members at annual meeting

Walkway elects new chair, board members at annual meeting

Members of the Walkway Over the Hudson organization have elected Patricia Duane Lichtenberg to serve as the nonprofit group’s new chairperson and voted to add five new directors — Kathleen Smith, Paul Kassel, Michael Oates, Dr. Daniel Aronzon and Fred Schaeffer — to its board. Members gathered at the organization’s annual meeting at Mahoney’s Irish...
The New Paltz Indoor Cycling Center

The New Paltz Indoor Cycling Center

So it’s ten degrees outside. Sleet falling. Ice patches all over the roads. You look over at your bike and think, “Man, I wanna go for a ride…but baby it’s cold outside!” Well, do not despair bicyclists of New Paltz (and environs)…you have been saved! There’s a new indoor “track” — actually many “tracks” —...
Susan Slotnick: Where is the love?

Susan Slotnick: Where is the love?

In 1978 I was riding with my girlfriend down Route 9 on the way back from Marshall’s in Poughkeepsie. We were chatting enthusiastically about the bargains accrued when a white policeman pulled us over. “Why are you stopping me?” I asked. His reply, “You were so busy talking to your boyfriend here. You weren’t paying...
Jewish Congregation of New Paltz will host its annual Hanukkah potluck on Sunday, December 21

Jewish Congregation of New Paltz will host its annual Hanukkah potluck on Sunday, December 21

Hanukkah began on Tuesday, December 16 this year and will continue its eight-day progression through Tuesday, December 23. The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz will hold their annual potluck Hanukkah party in celebration at the Jewish Community Center at 30 North Chestnut Street this Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m. In addition to the (vegetarian)...
Highland Library sets March 17 as date for vote on construction of a new library

Highland Library sets March 17 as date for vote on construction of a new library

The vote on whether to build a new public library in Highland has been set for Tuesday, March 17. The costs of construction and taxpayer impact have not yet been determined. Those figures are expected to be ready for the community by Monday, January 5, to be revealed at a public meeting to be held...
Mark Sherman: Too close for comfort

Mark Sherman: Too close for comfort

Many years ago, when e-mail began replacing genuine human contact even between close friends, I received one from a friend who lived some 260 miles away, in which, among other things, he mentioned a woman he’d met — professionally — who was quite attractive. He followed this up with sending me an article containing her...
New Paltz High School teachers grow beards to promote mens’ health

New Paltz High School teachers grow beards to promote mens’ health

Thirteen male teachers at New Paltz High School brought an entirely new meaning to the phrase “Grow Local” last month. But this isn’t a Hudson Valley farm-to-table story; these guys took up a challenge to stop shaving their facial hair for the entire month of November in order to promote awareness of mens’ health issues....
Protesters denounce the Pilgrim Pipeline

Protesters denounce the Pilgrim Pipeline

Following on the heels of resolutions opposing Pilgrim Pipeline passing in Rosendale and New Paltz — and just one day after PGS&E dealt a major blow to the increasingly controversial pipeline by denying it rights of way — demonstrators in New Paltz demanded last Tuesday that the NYS Thruway Authority follow suit and deny Pilgrim...
New Paltz Church of the Nazarene hosts a Christmas Cantata on December 14

New Paltz Church of the Nazarene hosts a Christmas Cantata on December 14

It’s for people who just want to celebrate the season and would enjoy sharing some music and some fellowship,” says pastor John Stetson about the Christmas Cantata event the New Paltz Church of the Nazarene will host this Sunday, December 14 at 4 p.m. It’s not connected to a service and no offering will be...