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Jason West: National hero to local activist

Jason West: National hero to local activist

It was quite a run for the young Jason West. Splitting the three-way vote, the 26-year-old political activist won the New Paltz mayoral election of 2003 and took office with two other Green Party members — Rebecca Rotzler and Julia Walsh. It was a shock to the staid old community. But not to the young...
The best of the best for winter 2015-16 Highland and New Paltz sports

The best of the best for winter 2015-16 Highland and New Paltz sports

It was a winter in which the Highland girls’ basketball team made it to the Section 9 semifinals and had a 1000-point scorer to boot, when New Paltz wrestling crowned three Section champions and Highland crowned one, when the New Paltz boys’ swimming garnered two Section titles (both by the same swimmer), and in which...
The Rozzi’s of Highland: Section 9’s first family of basketball

The Rozzi’s of Highland: Section 9’s first family of basketball

Over the years, Red Hook had the three Nero Brothers; Middletown had the three Ray Brothers — thousand-point scorers all. And giving them all their due for being great players…but no school in Section 9…NONE…has ever had five family members like the Rozzi Sisters of Highland basketball. They ARE Highland basketball. Before Erica, the oldest...
Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

[portfolio_slideshow id=10192] Photos by Rich Corozine   Last season was a kind of break-even season for the New Paltz and Highland boys and girls soccer teams. The Highland boys won their first Section 9 title in 17 years; the New Paltz boys — just two seasons removed from their first-ever Section 9 title — had...
Summer fun in New Paltz, Gardiner and Highland

Summer fun in New Paltz, Gardiner and Highland

[portfolio_slideshow id=10030] Photos by Rich Corozine   This summer’s YMCA Camp Wiltmeet at Lenape Elementary School, run by YMCA childcare director Kayleigh Buboltz and first-year camp director Matt McCluskey, continues to offer innovative programs to 200-or-so campers every couple of weeks. So far, the campers have enjoyed Spirit Day, World Day, Value Day, Space Hero...
New Paltz Baseball/Softball Association opening day parade

New Paltz Baseball/Softball Association opening day parade

[portfolio_slideshow id=9331] Photos by Rich Corozine   It all does seem timeless. And not just the game itself — you know the absence of a clock and all that; fair/foul lines that stretch into infinity; the offense has the ball but is playing defense; the purpose of the game is to get home…all the Zen stuff...
The New Paltz Indoor Cycling Center

The New Paltz Indoor Cycling Center

So it’s ten degrees outside. Sleet falling. Ice patches all over the roads. You look over at your bike and think, “Man, I wanna go for a ride…but baby it’s cold outside!” Well, do not despair bicyclists of New Paltz (and environs)…you have been saved! There’s a new indoor “track” — actually many “tracks” —...
A day’s work: Kelly Antonelli

A day’s work: Kelly Antonelli

Kelly Antonelli is good at providing options. Viable ones. She’s been doing it for close to 30 years at various positions within Ulster County’s umbrella social services programs, both public and private. Ever since becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) after receiving her master’s degree (MSW — master of social work) from SUNY Albany,...
A Day's Work: Matt Gallucci

A Day’s Work: Matt Gallucci

On the face of it, Matt Gallucci has one of the village’s least desirable jobs — he’s the New Paltz parking enforcement officer. You know, the meter man, the guy who writes tickets if you’ve overstayed your welcome (or time) at any particular meter in his jurisdiction; the guy you may want to argue with...
The Pirettes Roller Derby team forms in New Paltz

The Pirettes Roller Derby team forms in New Paltz

We’re starting a Roller Derby team,” said Maya Morlock as she handed me the flyer. It was to announce a fundraiser at Snugs for the fledgling New Paltz Pirettes on July 27. “Wanna see New Paltz have a derby team?” it read. “Starts at noon and never ends!” it noted. “Roller Derby?” was all I...
Good times at Camp Wiltmeet in New Paltz and Berean Park and Tony Williams Park in Highland

Good times at Camp Wiltmeet in New Paltz and Berean Park and Tony Williams Park in Highland

[portfolio_slideshow id=8014]   For 17 years the YMCA’s Camp Wiltmeet, the local summer camp for kids from kindergarten through sixth-grade, was directed by Lee Ann Albritton, who this year turned over the reins to one-time camp counselor Kayleigh Buboltz. The transition couldn’t have gone smoother, especially with head counselor Elise “Flash” Cimino returning to run...
A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

Dan Whitley was a 19-year-old kid when he got the calling. He was a college student at Guilford College in North Carolina studying for a BA in religion when he knew that God had called him to become a pastor. Many years and a few lifetimes later Whitley sits in his study at the Clintondale...