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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 p.m. from a distraught horse-owner on Saddle Bred Lane in New Paltz that her beloved Clydesdale had...
WCW Kitchens in New Paltz does custom woodworking and home renovations to suit the client’s budget

WCW Kitchens in New Paltz does custom woodworking and home renovations to suit the client’s budget

Who says that going into a woodworking or fine arts program at college won’t help you pay off those school loans or provide a living? SUNY New Paltz graduate Scott Mass, owner of WCW Kitchens, located in the Cherry Hill Plaza in New Paltz, is proof that you can follow your passion without circling the...
Shea O’Brien manager wants to raise $10,000 for Family of New Paltz

Shea O’Brien manager wants to raise $10,000 for Family of New Paltz

Although he only arrived from the Emerald Isle a year ago, Garvin McCloskey, manager of Shea O’Brien’s, has integrated well into the New Paltz community. With his endearing Irish brogue, charming wit and commitment to giving back, this 50-year-old cancer survivor and avid runner has pledged to shave nary a whisker off of his formerly...
Amal’s Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine opens in New Paltz

Amal’s Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine opens in New Paltz

If you like healthy, fresh food, a warm and friendly environment to dine at or to order out, then the newly opened Amal’s Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine restaurant, located at 25 North Chestnut Street in downtown New Paltz, is the place to patronize! Amal Maseer, a teacher, artist, chef and an Iraq War refugee, has...
Poverty Barn in New Paltz breathes new life into old furniture

Poverty Barn in New Paltz breathes new life into old furniture

Two friends have teamed up to put their passion, expertise and craftsmanship to work at the recently opened Poverty Barn at 1 Old Route 299 in New Paltz. Heather McGill, a New Paltz High School graduate, and her pal in all things shabby/chic, Nancy Stonecypher, have created, in less than two months, a hot spot...
Musicians sans Frontières organize underage-friendly concert series at St. Joe’s

Musicians sans Frontières organize underage-friendly concert series at St. Joe’s

While there is a thriving music scene in New Paltz, it typically takes place between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. in the village’s plethora of bars, making it inaccessible to underage musicians and music enthusiasts as well as those who may want to call it a night by 10 or 11 p.m. That’s why a...
Gardiner: Looking back and looking ahead

Gardiner: Looking back and looking ahead

In 2013, the quaint Town of Gardiner saw a major project come to fruition, increased attendance at its signature community events, the preservation of a 74-acre historical farm, a challenging fiscal year and a robust municipal campaign with a large voter turnout. After nearly eight years of revisions, delays and juggling start dates for an...
Reformed Church choir kids decorate candy houses with Reverend Lee Gartrell (with photo gallery)

Reformed Church choir kids decorate candy houses with Reverend Lee Gartrell (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   For more than 15 years, Reverend Lee Gartrell has been making gingerbread houses with the junior choir at the Reformed Church in New Paltz. He creates mini-houses out of milk cartons and graham crackers, glues them with white frosting and then brings in tons of candy to the choir rehearsal...
Bob Larsen and Robi Josephson write new book on Trapps Hamlet

Bob Larsen and Robi Josephson write new book on Trapps Hamlet

The release of the gripping and provocative nonfiction book An Unforgiving Land, by local authors Bob Larsen and Robi Josephson (Black Dome Press), positions a hardscrabble, subsistence post-Civil War mountain community in stark contrast to today’s thousands of acres of breathtaking land under the protection of the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park for modern-day...
Toni Morrison novella is this year’s One Book/One New Paltz pick

Toni Morrison novella is this year’s One Book/One New Paltz pick

The One Book/One New Paltz Committee has announced its eighth annual communitywide book selection: Home, by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. This uncharacteristic 145-page work of fiction by the Nobel Prizewinner found its way to the top of the list by the 12+ One Book committee members. The layered narrative focuses on a young African-American man,...
Bra-decorating contest raises funds for breast cancer research

Bra-decorating contest raises funds for breast cancer research

The Jenkinstown Day Spa took Breast Cancer Awareness Month to a whole new artistic level with a bra-decorating contest. Lauren Rooney, owner of the day spa, which is in its ninth year, said that she got the idea from “reading an article while on vacation in North Carolina. I thought it was such a cool...
NPHS Drama Club stages “The Curious Savage”

NPHS Drama Club stages “The Curious Savage”

The New Paltz High School Drama Club is set to tackle The Curious Savage, a comedy written by John Patrick, this coming weekend. According to veteran Drama Club director Nancy Owen, she knew that her theater enthusiasts were eager for a comedy to perform this fall. “The difficulty with comedies is that they often have...