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New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

For a few storefronts in New Paltz, change has come. ShopRite Plaza will see the opening of Just-A-Buck dollar store this August, Twistee Cone is Frosty Rock Creamery reborn under a new name and new ownership, and Dunkin’ Donuts has a slick new makeover. Here’s a little more information about all the changes.   Twistee...
Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

When it returns on July 18-20, expect the Hudson Valley Chalk Festival 2014 to be better than ever, organizers said. Based in New Paltz’s Water Street Market, Chalk Fest will feature 21 top chalk artists — along with more than 14 local artists. “It’s pretty big. We have a lot more artists coming this year,”...
New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

As the sun went down on the Ulster County Fairgrounds, families sat in the parking lot, tailgating in the back of SUVs and trucks, pulling cold drinks from big coolers. Their eyes were fixed at the sky. Above them was a clear, cloudless night, with Mars a pale red dot above the bright half-moon. Inside...
New Paltz Class of ’14 celebrates graduation

New Paltz Class of ’14 celebrates graduation

For John Fullam, graduating from high school meant delivering the valedictorian’s speech. When he took the podium at graduation in New Paltz on June 27, he claimed not to have much to say. “In the words of the great Don Bartlett, the key to effective communication is brevity. So here goes – congratulations and good...
New Paltz swears in new police lieutenant, officer

New Paltz swears in new police lieutenant, officer

It is official now: Former Detective Sgt. Robert Lucchesi is the New Paltz Police Department’s (NPPD) new second-in-command. Lt. Lucchesi was sworn in last week during a special ceremony at Town Hall. Supervisor Susan Zimet said they were “delighted to have him representing our town.” Town Hall and the NPPD had been in extended negotiations...
New Paltz backup water search impacts Plains Road residents

New Paltz backup water search impacts Plains Road residents

Neighbors on Plains Road met with New Paltz village and town officials June 19 to discuss how drinking water exploration has impacted them. For some people, initial well tests imbued sulfur taste into their water. For others, the search for a backup water supply dropped the water table inside their well. One resident, Michael Burke,...
Wilmorite sues the Town of New Paltz

Wilmorite sues the Town of New Paltz

Park Point developer Wilmorite has filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of New Paltz, town officials said. It also appears that the SUNY New Paltz Foundation — the college’s non-profit fundraising group — is also a party in the suit suing the town. “We are not surprised by the litigation,” Supervisor Susan Zimet...
The Ridge Preschool and Learning Center opens in Gardiner

The Ridge Preschool and Learning Center opens in Gardiner

For Courtney Platt, early childhood education needs creativity and space to flourish. That’s why the teacher and mother of two decided to start The Ridge Preschool & Learning Center at her home in Gardiner. “I’m a licensed teacher in New York State. I started teaching in 2005 in Colorado,” Platt explained. “I started teaching at...
New Paltz helps homeowners go green

New Paltz helps homeowners go green

Earlier this month, Michael Hein, the Ulster County executive, signed an executive order mandating that the county get serious about green, renewable energy. He’s having Ulster County government buildings switch over to renewable energy-sourced electricity for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015. According to county officials, Hein’s executive order is one-of-a-kind in New...
Arm of the Sea founders win environmental award

Arm of the Sea founders win environmental award

Patrick Wadden and Marlena Marallo, co-founders of the Arm of the Sea puppet theater troupe, received Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Environmental Award during a special ceremony last weekend. “Each piece that they have developed tells us stories about the natural world — and our relationship to it — in ways that are often mysterious, very often...
Mohonk Foothills meeting draws standing-room-only crowd in New Paltz

Mohonk Foothills meeting draws standing-room-only crowd in New Paltz

Mohonk Preserve’s Testimonial Gatehouse project drew a standing-room-only crowd to New Paltz Town Hall Monday night. Neighbors, advocates and detractors all showed up to deliver comments to the Planning Board about the project, which calls for the restoration of the iconic 1907 gatehouse, as well as work to create a boardwalk at Humpo Marsh. Traffic...
Village Board revisits poison ivy, sandwich board bans

Village Board revisits poison ivy, sandwich board bans

Sandwich boards and poison ivy don’t have much in common — that is, unless you’re the Village of New Paltz. Last week trustees said that laws banning sandwich board signs and poison ivy are difficult to enforce and could possibly be repealed. Aside from mandating grass shorter than three inches, New Paltz’s lawn care and...