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New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

Tied in with the recently passed $142 billion New York State budget was a slew of changes to public education. In New Paltz, those changes aren’t altogether welcome. Teachers, students, activists and parents gathered at New Paltz Central High School last week for a rally against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms, Common Core and high-stakes...
Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Sometimes a second chance pays off – as it did Tuesday night for the New Paltz Central School District. Voters approved the $52.9 million capital improvement bond 1,913 to 1,518. Turnout for the election was high – 3,431 people showed up to vote, just slightly fewer than the 2010 middle school renovation vote. Back in...
New York Vape Club to open in New Paltz on April 1

New York Vape Club to open in New Paltz on April 1

Dylan Zimmermann, 21, walks the bare floor of his empty storefront in the Cherry Hill Plaza in New Paltz. A smile lights up his face whenever he thinks about the possibilities. This shop, this idea is his own. Zimmermann is the owner of the New York Vape Club, an e-cigarette retailer and vaping lounge. Already...
Developer seeks to knock down 87 Motel in New Paltz

Developer seeks to knock down 87 Motel in New Paltz

For some people, 87 Motel in New Paltz is a landmark. To others, it’s an eyesore. Jay Thiese, with Hidden Ridge Development LLC, has submitted plans with the Town of New Paltz to demolish the structure. Plans call for both of the motel’s two buildings and the swimming pool to be demolished. The parking lot...
Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

To some, New Paltz town supervisor Susan Zimet represents a strong woman in local government — someone unafraid to stand up and speak for her beliefs. As an activist, she’s fought hydraulic fracturing in New York State and hounded Albany for tax reform. The town budgets her administration submits routinely come in at or below...
SUNY New Paltz ranked No. 1 in drug arrests for 2013

SUNY New Paltz ranked No. 1 in drug arrests for 2013

Among college campuses nationwide, SUNY New Paltz ranked No. 1 in drug arrests per capita for 2013, according to a recent report utilizing federal data. And in terms of drug arrests at State University of New York branches, New Paltz wasn’t alone. SUNY New Paltz ranked first with 105 on-campus arrests in 2013, or 13.9...
Phillies Brdge Farm hosts Meal in the Field on August 16

Phillies Brdge Farm hosts Meal in the Field on August 16

For Phillies Bridge Farm Project, the third annual “Meal in the Field” event is, of course, a celebration of all that our local chefs, bakers and farmers have to offer. But it is also a celebration of Phillies Bridge itself turning around. The meal will be served this Saturday, August 16 from 5 to 8...
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 repaired the mini-golf course. He added signs, flags and the wacky inflatable tube man out front to...
PDQ Printing founder launches marketing firm

PDQ Printing founder launches marketing firm

PDQ Printing and its founder Craig Shankles are fairly synonymous in New Paltz. Over the years, he’s donated untold banners and fliers for community events. For most festivals, PDQ helped with printing. Many times, Shankles would reach into his own pockets, donating printing as a community service. He also serves on a number of volunteer...
Susan Zimet Assembly run donor has Wildberry Lodge tie

Susan Zimet Assembly run donor has Wildberry Lodge tie

Questionable petition signatures alone didn’t sideline New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet’s state Assembly dreams. According to campaign finance reports, Zimet raised $6,949 in her now-ended challenge against Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, and two large campaign contributions came from local landowners. Samuel Plesser — who owns the 57-acre lot where Wildberry Lodge is slated to be...
New Paltz’s chicken law could see amendment

New Paltz’s chicken law could see amendment

At last week’s meeting, New Paltz Village Board members voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on amending the backyard chicken law. Currently, six chickens per 0.5 acres can be kept legally in the village for private — non-commercial — use to raise eggs or for meat. Trustee Ariana Basco, who proposed the original law,...
Wildberry Lodge resort draws large crowd for scoping session in New Paltz

Wildberry Lodge resort draws large crowd for scoping session in New Paltz

A project scoping session on Wildberry Lodge — the proposed $75 million indoor water park and resort hotel — drew a large crowd to New Paltz Town Hall Monday night. Most of them offered suggestions to developer Steve Turk. David Porter, an environmentalist who battled previous attempts to develop that same 57-acre lot, asked Turk...