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A Highland woman puts her house up for sale in a contest

A Highland woman puts her house up for sale in a contest

After a couple of years of financial and personal health calamities, Highland’s Marissa Valentin has decided to try a new approach to relieve herself and her three children of their debt — $100,000 worth on the health front alone. She had a massive coronary 18 months ago and no insurance, since she was a small...
Coaches help fix broken household items at the Repair Café in New Paltz

Coaches help fix broken household items at the Repair Café in New Paltz

Above the café part of the basement at the New Paltz United Methodist Church is a hand-written quote from Canadian sage Leonard Cohen, it says: “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” A pretty heady thought, especially when you speak with John Wackman, the fellow who brought the idea of...
LaBella’s in New Paltz is the venue for young entertainers (with photo gallery)

LaBella’s in New Paltz is the venue for young entertainers (with photo gallery)

Photos by Rich Corozine When Jamishay Cammann moved to New Paltz four months ago, she went out with her mom, Shaydie, to get a slice of pizza. And as many other old and new New Paltzians have done over the years, they wound up at LaBella’s — Maria’s place — now in its 25th year....
Ulster County Fair is the ticket to old-time fun (with photo gallery)

Ulster County Fair is the ticket to old-time fun (with photo gallery)

Photos by rich corozine   The Ulster County Fair was held once again last week at its home since 1967, the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. There was a lot to do — pig racing, jugglers, a draft horse show, wool spinning and weaving demos, tractor competitions, dog drills, a livestock auction, fireworks, wood...
Manny Fest 3 will take place on Aug. 10 at Joe’s East West in New Paltz

Manny Fest 3 will take place on Aug. 10 at Joe’s East West in New Paltz

Okay, so who was this Manny Fest guy anyway? If you’re younger than, say, 50, you probably have no idea other than that the art supply store in downtown New Paltz is named “Manny’s” and across North Front Street and sitting out in front of the Elting Memorial Library is a stone bench dedicated to...
St. Joseph’s Church holds its 37th annual Fest (with photo gallery)

St. Joseph’s Church holds its 37th annual Fest (with photo gallery)

I have to admit right off the bat that the real reason I’ve attended at least the last 20 of these St. Joseph’s Festa’s is the fried dough. The zeppole rules. Not being particularly religious, or sociable, or prone to game-playing, I can smell those fat little pockets of deep-fried dough from miles away. And...
New Paltz Bike/Ped Committee recommends safety precautions after near-fatal

New Paltz Bike/Ped Committee recommends safety precautions after near-fatal

All it ever takes is a tragedy. Or a near tragedy. In this case the New Paltz Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee was reacting to the near-fatal accident to a well-known New Paltzian who was severely injured out on the flats (Route 299 near Wallkill View Farm) a couple of weeks ago. She lost control of...
The Farmer’s Farmer – Pete Taliaferro: A life in the fields

The Farmer’s Farmer – Pete Taliaferro: A life in the fields

Every time I run across Pete Taliaferro he’s covered in dirt. Good dirt. Farm dirt. Dirt in his hair. On his weather-lined face. Under his fingernails. Boots, jeans, work-shirt — covered in good old New Paltz Plains Road dirt. He reminds me of my own kid who has a 20-acre working CSA farm in the...
Arm-wrestling benefit for Girls Inc.

Arm-wrestling benefit for Girls Inc.

The second annual Brawl Under the Stars proved even bigger than last year’s extravaganza, as eight of “the Hudson Valley’s toughest and roughest arm-wrestlers” were ready to rumble in front of a few hundred brave gawkers who filled the courtyard at The Water Street Market in New Paltz. Like last year, the event proved a...
Soprano Planet: Joe Giardullo’s epiphany

Soprano Planet: Joe Giardullo’s epiphany

Free-Jazz horn player Joe Giardullo has played with Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, Bill Dixon, Milford Graves and lots of others. And been around the world playing in venues large and small — the Pompidou Center in Paris, clubs in Poland, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Southern France — lots of them in solo concerts on his...
The Flower Kart opens on the corner of Main and Plattekill

The Flower Kart opens on the corner of Main and Plattekill

Linda Saylor is a nurse who has always liked flowers. So, perpetually teased by her co-workers, she decided to do what they always figured she’d do. “Have a flower cart in New Paltz,” laughs Saylor. So, with her daughter Trish, an incoming New Paltz High School senior, she has gotten a permit for a cart...
Arm wrestling event benefits the Breast-Feeding Initiative

Arm wrestling event benefits the Breast-Feeding Initiative

It was definitely the Best Show in Town this past Friday evening as BRAWL took its outsized and outrageous concoction of cabaret, theater and arm-wrestling into the courtyard of the Water Street Market in New Paltz. A couple hundred people thought so too, as they packed the little courtyard to watch MC’s Lady Thumb-Prince and...