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New Paltz schools welcome new faces

New Paltz schools welcome new faces

On July 8, the New Paltz Board of Education took care of a little housekeeping during their reorganizational meeting. They established subcommittees, selected their official banks and newspapers, plus they swore in new members. The school board’s newest members, Michael O’Donnell and Alison Easton, and incumbent Brian Cournoyer all took oaths of office last week....
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; the air has a clean smell — like the moment before a big rain. In a big...
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...
New Paltz Board of Education names Alison Easton as Tim Rogers’ temporary replacement

New Paltz Board of Education names Alison Easton as Tim Rogers’ temporary replacement

May 19’s vote count is in, and now it’s official. New Paltz Board of Education members accepted voters’ 939-426 approval of the $54.6 million 2015-2016 budget at its meeting on May 20. Voters also passed a $480,000 proposition to buy six new buses for the district. For one school board member-elect, her service will begin...
Committee nears consensus on Carmine Liberta Bridge design

Committee nears consensus on Carmine Liberta Bridge design

Most homeowners know that remodeling can be tricky. Paint colors and lighting fixtures can evoke passions that people didn’t know they had. Consensus can be elusive. Now, imagine making design decisions for a public landmark. That’s the task facing the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement committee right now. But despite any potential hang-ups, the bridge replacement...
New Paltz Regatta turns 60

New Paltz Regatta turns 60

When Delta Kappa fraternity members first plunged into the Wallkill River in 1955, they likely didn’t know they’d started what would become a cherished New Paltz tradition. Sixty years later, the idea of launching homemade parade floats into the water to see if they’ll sink still has legs. The scene at May 3’s New Paltz...
Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

New Paltz Central School District voters will see three candidates on the ballot May 19. Brian Cournoyer, the Board of Education president, is running with two newcomers — Alison Easton and Michael O’Donnell. All three are running for three vacant seats with terms ending in 2018. They’re running unopposed, unless a challenger can mount a...
SUNY New Paltz Neanderthal Project seeks ancient answers

SUNY New Paltz Neanderthal Project seeks ancient answers

A man with a pronounced forehead stands before you, holding a makeshift bludgeon. He’s slouched, muscular and a little crude. Uncouth and covered in hair, he wears a simple garment made from animal hide. When you look at him, he’s familiar — but not quite totally human. He’s something other. When most people hear the word...
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...