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June 7 Pride March & Festival in New Paltz culminates week chock-full of events

June 7 Pride March & Festival in New Paltz culminates week chock-full of events

We’ve come a long way, baby. Mayor Jason West — who famously kick-started the Gay Pride movement in New Paltz during his first term by performing same-sex marriages of debatable legality — may be about to leave office again, but gay rights activists have plenty of other things to celebrate at the moment. Expect a...
Family friendly concert at Hasbrouck Park on May 30 will benefit Family of New Paltz

Family friendly concert at Hasbrouck Park on May 30 will benefit Family of New Paltz

New Paltz High School students Kristen Chiriani, Dominique Hakim, Justine Kelly and Danielle Read have organized a benefit concert for Family of New Paltz. “Fam Jam” will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hasbrouck Park. Fam Jam will offer free admission, but goodwill donations for Family will be accepted....
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...
Bon-Odori photographs by Youko Yamamoto and Lauren Thomas on display at Gomen-Kudasai

Bon-Odori photographs by Youko Yamamoto and Lauren Thomas on display at Gomen-Kudasai

Youko Yamamoto, owner of Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop, and Livia and Billy Vanaver, directors of the Vanaver Caravan, are the driving forces behind Bon-Odori, a unique summer dance festival in New Paltz. To promote its fifth annual event, scheduled to take place on August 9, they will be featuring photographs taken by Lauren Thomas and Yamamoto...
Fourth annual Spring Fest in Highland draws a sizable crowd (with photo gallery)

Fourth annual Spring Fest in Highland draws a sizable crowd (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The fourth annual Spring Fest celebration in Highland on Saturday, May 16 drew a sizable crowd; its biggest yet, according to several festival-goers who haven’t missed attending the street shindig since it began in 2012. With the streets closed to traffic, there seemed to be some type of activity going...
Crowds flock to seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival (with photo gallery)

Crowds flock to seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Organizers of outdoor festivals usually pray for bright, warm, sunny weather to draw the crowds; but when the thing that you’re celebrating is cupcakes, which wilt quickly in the heat, an overcast sky is not such a bad thing. And after a long dry spell that recently brought a forest...
Gardiner Library is at the forefront with new technology for the hard of hearing

Gardiner Library is at the forefront with new technology for the hard of hearing

Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses that easily resolve most vision problems, a hearing aid is not such an easy fix for hearing difficulties. In many cases, a hearing aid alone is simply not enough. In amplifying sound, it amplifies background noises, too, which can make for a jumble of distorted sound from which the hearing...
Teen photo contest winners announced at Elting Library reception in New Paltz

Teen photo contest winners announced at Elting Library reception in New Paltz

  The Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz recently sponsored its fourth annual teen photo contest. Local students from the ages of 13 through 17 submitted 32 entries into the categories of portrait, landscape and other. The contest required that all photographs were to be made in New Paltz. The judges were G. Steve Jordan...
Expansion of existing Trailways station gets thumbs-up

Expansion of existing Trailways station gets thumbs-up

The people of New Paltz have spoken: In a public meeting at the Community Center last Thursday, representatives of the Ulster County Transportation Council presented several different options for replacing the existing Adirondack Trailways Bus Terminal in an Intermodal Feasibility Plan that has been under development since the last such meeting in November 2013. At...
Poll: How should New Paltz's next bridge look?

Poll: How should New Paltz’s next bridge look?

In New Paltz, plans for the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement are underway. County officials and local committee members are meeting to hash out what the new bridge will look like before construction begins in 2016. On their plate right now are a number of design decisions. Two big decisions are the bridge’s look and whether...
Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Ann Guenther

Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Ann Guenther

Ann Guenther will receive Mohonk Consultations’ 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award on Monday, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the parlor at Mohonk Mountain House. A naturalist and an environmental educator for over 20 years and now a climate-change activist, Guenther explains her journey: “I’ve been a nature lover all my life. Growing up...
Fourth annual Spring Fest returns to Highland this Saturday

Fourth annual Spring Fest returns to Highland this Saturday

The streets will be closed to traffic in the hamlet of Highland this Saturday, May 16 for the fourth annual Spring Fest celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event sponsored by the Highland Business Association and the Town of Lloyd Events Committee goes on rain or shine and admission is free. The event...