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Sowing seeds of community: The joint New Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation committee

Sowing seeds of community: The joint New Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation committee

The joint new Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation Committee (TIC) could use more volunteers, but only the really patient need apply. After 13 years of working together on transportation issues in New Paltz, longtime members are only now starting to see some of the changes they have been working for come to pass. Gail Gallerie is...
Bad Seed Cider Company in Highland serves up craft beer-influenced hard ciders at their laid-back tap room

Bad Seed Cider Company in Highland serves up craft beer-influenced hard ciders at their laid-back tap room

Its packaging in 12-ounce cans is the first clue that Bad Seed Hard Cider may want to go home with beer drinkers rather than wine enthusiasts. While it does come in bottles, too, that black aluminum can with its edgy logo does a pretty good job of broadcasting what the beverage is all about. “We...
Ecumenical vigil on Main Street in New Paltz honors victims of violence

Ecumenical vigil on Main Street in New Paltz honors victims of violence

“Prayer alone is not enough” is a statement that pastors aren’t used to hearing from their church leaders. But that was the message of a missive sent out to individual churches from the Episcopal Dioceses after the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. “Admittedly, I was a bit taken aback by this sentence,” said Reverend...
Gardiner Classic 5K Run takes off from Majestic Park on July 21

Gardiner Classic 5K Run takes off from Majestic Park on July 21

On Thursday evening, July 21, runners (and walkers) of all ages and from as far away as Connecticut and New Jersey will converge on George Majestic Memorial Park for the 14th annual Gardiner Classic 5K Run. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., and the race begins at 6:30., rain or shine. “They’ll head out of the...
Hudson Valley Chalk Festival returns to Water Street Market July 22-24

Hudson Valley Chalk Festival returns to Water Street Market July 22-24

The Hudson Valley Chalk Festival returns to New Paltz on Friday, July 22 for a three-day run through Sunday, July 24. Twenty-two professional street chalk artists from around the country will work alongside local talent to create eye-catching pastel works on the pavement of the upper parking lot at Water Street Market on Main Street....
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...
Longtime CIT member Vici Danskin shares some of this group’s history, contributions and dreams

Longtime CIT member Vici Danskin shares some of this group’s history, contributions and dreams

If there’s a reason why New Paltz has nice things, it might be the Community Improvement Team (CIT). This is a group of volunteers who have been trying to get the village core, in particular, to live up to the notion that New Paltz is a tourist community and should thus have some nice packaging...
Rebuilt Rosendale Town Pool opens at last

Rebuilt Rosendale Town Pool opens at last

Thursday, July 7 was an oppressively hot and muggy day, but Rosendalers and honored guests were all smiles as the long-awaited, brand-new Town Pool at the Rosendale Recreation Center was finally opened to the public. “This is a great day for Rosendale, after four years of not having a pool!” said town supervisor Jeanne Walsh...
New Paltz Stop & Shop is one of six supermarkets to be acquired by Tops Friendly Markets

New Paltz Stop & Shop is one of six supermarkets to be acquired by Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Friendly Markets, a full-service grocery retailer based in the Buffalo area, announced late Wednesday, July 13 that the company has entered into agreements to acquire the Stop & Shop supermarkets in New Paltz, Rhinebeck, Wappingers Falls and Gardner, Massachusetts and the Hannaford supermarkets in LaGrangeville and Carmel. Upon completion of these purchases, the stores...
Amanda Lopez offers unusual spin on yoga classes via My Peaceful Yogi

Amanda Lopez offers unusual spin on yoga classes via My Peaceful Yogi

After seven years of living in Westchester and teaching yoga classes, Amanda Lopez (née Cuney) recently returned to the town where she grew up, and has brought her Westchester-born husband Fabian, her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Zaya and her business, My Peaceful Yogi, along with her. “I came back to New Paltz knowing that it’s a place...
Photographer Carl Cox opens new studio on Main Street in Rosendale

Photographer Carl Cox opens new studio on Main Street in Rosendale

It took three decades, but Carl Cox has finally found his way home — to a successful career doing what he feels most passionate about, and to a community where he feels like he’s “part of something.” That community is downtown Rosendale, where Carl Cox Studios just opened its doors to the public at 378...
Lagusta’s Luscious opens Commissary coffeehouse on Church Street in New Paltz

Lagusta’s Luscious opens Commissary coffeehouse on Church Street in New Paltz

As many New Paltz Times readers already know, you don’t have to be a vegan to be crazy about Lagusta’s Luscious handcrafted vegan chocolates, with their famously fanciful flavor combinations. The quirky confectionary recently launched a satellite shop in the East Village, saving many a Manhattanite a long trek in quest of the sort of...