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HBO’s “Girls” films in New Paltz

HBO’s “Girls” films in New Paltz

With Tyrion Lannister himself, Peter Dinklage, living in our corner of the Hudson Valley, New Paltz is not entirely bereft of HBO star sightings. However, the college town will soon be the backdrop of the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series “Girls.” At their meetings last week, town and village officials approved contracts with Half a Yogurt...
New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

Approximately 20 members of the New Paltz High School Class of 1954 met last week at Pasquale’s Pizza in Gardiner for their 60th reunion. Big smiles and friendly banter didn’t stop flowing. For Wayne Wilson and his classmates, a lot has changed. Back in the 1950s, when they went to New Paltz High School, he...
Village Pizza gets new owners

Village Pizza gets new owners

For longtime Village Pizza employee Meghan Wagner, July 1 came with a chance to get into the driver’s seat. After years of working for owner Anthony Prizzia, Wagner bought the restaurant with her business partner Renee Mitchell. Wagner and Mitchell took over New Paltz’s iconic pizza place early this month. “We are looking forward to...
Highland community offers suggestions for a new library

Highland community offers suggestions for a new library

If you could build a library, what would it look like? And what would it offer that your community specifically needs? That was the topic at a collaborative workshop session held on Thursday, July 17 at St. Augustine’s gymnasium in Highland, when two dozen or so local residents sat down with the Highland Public Library...
Bon-Odori Festival returns to New Paltz

Bon-Odori Festival returns to New Paltz

New Paltz’s festival celebrating all things Japanese returns early next month to Hasbrouck Park in the village. The Bon-Odori New Paltz Dance Festival, now in its fourth year, will feature martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, amazing food, dance and live music. Featured performers include bluegrass player Roland White, with special guest Kentaro Hiratsuka, and also...
Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

It isn’t truly summer without outdoor Shakespeare performances — and when admission is free, that’s even better. When Stephanie Marrinan was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in the ’90s, SUNY New Paltz presented wonderful Shakespeare under the Stars programs on campus every summer. Missing those days, the Kingston City School District teacher decided...
New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

While others were enjoying Fourth of July barbecues and firework displays, New Paltz Fire Department volunteers spent more than five-and-a-half hours in the grueling heat attempting to rescue a fallen horse. A call came in at approximately 1:30 p.m. from a distraught horse-owner on Saddle Bred Lane in New Paltz that her beloved Clydesdale had...
90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

In a basement rehearsal space at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on a recent Friday afternoon, a handful of young actors-in-training are blocking their scene, working on how to best coordinate their stage movements to express the lyrics in the song they’re learning. The youngsters are part of the 90 Miles Off Broadway Summer...
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...
Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

If you will be passing through Rosendale this weekend, July 19 and 20, either plan on taking a long detour around downtown — or, better yet, plan to stay and have a blast! Main Street (Route 213) between Route 32 and the Keator Avenue bridge across the Rondout Creek will be closed off to automobile...
County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

Dogs in Ulster County and the humans who love them got a double dose of good news on Thursday, July 10. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein spoke at the Field of Dreams on Libertyville Road in New Paltz to announce that the county would fund a fence for the long-planned county dog park at the...
The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

For the 12th straight year, the Gardiner 5K Classic run/walk will grace the hamlet, this year, like the previous eight, with proceeds going to the Gardiner Fire Department and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The race is Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. and it will begin and end at Majestic Park. The kid’s fun...