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Eleventh annual Turkey Trot raises funds for Family of New Paltz on Thanksgiving morning

Eleventh annual Turkey Trot raises funds for Family of New Paltz on Thanksgiving morning

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! Just the thought of all that rich food, endless hours of visiting with relatives and slipping into a tryptophan-fueled, football-mesmerized stupor in front of the boob tube is enough to make some of us feel slow and sluggish already. So we ought to give thanks that for over a decade...
Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

For the farmer, growing our food is one thing and getting it to us is another. That’s especially true for the smaller farms, who don’t consistently produce the volume necessary to supply a big distribution broker. But that’s where Kevin and Tamara Terr of Red Barn Produce in Highland come in. “Our whole thing is...
St. Joseph Church installs new pastor, Father Salvatore Cordaro

St. Joseph Church installs new pastor, Father Salvatore Cordaro

Father Salvatore Cordaro, 50, came to the religious life relatively late; the new pastor at St. Joseph Church in New Paltz was almost 40 when he answered the call, he says. “I was baptized a Catholic as a baby, and went to Catholic schools, but then I was away from the church for many years....
NPSCD Foundation for Student Enhancement offers opportunities for enrichment

NPSCD Foundation for Student Enhancement offers opportunities for enrichment

The idea couldn’t be simpler, really. “We fund projects that will enhance and extend the educational experience of the students in the New Paltz school district,” said Maya Eyler, president of the New Paltz Central School District Foundation for Student Enhancement. And despite what the name of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization might suggest, the group...
Shooting suspect pleads guilty to Easter-morning murder at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz

Shooting suspect pleads guilty to Easter-morning murder at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz

Basheem D. Bennett, 21 of Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty last week — two days before his trial was scheduled to begin — to the killing of Ryan Gray on April 20 at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2015 for second-degree murder, which carries a sentence...
Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Nearly two dozen members of the American Postal Workers Local 3722 — Mid-Hudson Area participated in a National Day of Action Rally at the New Paltz Post Office on Friday, November 14. The event was one of 150 rallies in 48 states held to protest planned postal service cuts and sorting facility closures. The reduction...
Rotary Club of New Paltz will celebrate 50 years with president Toni Hokanson at the helm

Rotary Club of New Paltz will celebrate 50 years with president Toni Hokanson at the helm

“We’re all there to do service,” says Toni Hokanson, president of the Rotary Club of New Paltz, whose 32 members are among 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Rotary International was founded in 1905 by a group of businessmen in Chicago for purposes of fellowship and networking, but it wasn’t long before the emphasis was placed on...
Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Though she didn’t start running until she was in her 40s — a career that led up to her finishing her third New York City Marathon at the age of 80 on November 2  — Geri Owens was always blessed with the need for speed. Back in fourth or fifth grade, she reminisces, “In the...
Relocation plan alarms Unison Arts and Learning Center boosters

Relocation plan alarms Unison Arts and Learning Center boosters

Dozens of concerned supporters of the Unison Arts and Learning Center, a keystone of the New Paltz cultural scene since 1975, gathered Sunday night for a meeting of the not-for-profit organization’s board of directors. The turnout was in response to an announcement e-mailed to members earlier in the week that Unison would vacate its original...
Carol Johnson: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

Carol Johnson: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the November 1914 issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson...
Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Most of us are well accustomed to reading the labels on the packaging of the foods we eat. But how many of us pay attention to the labels on the skin care products we use? Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, directly absorbing what we put on it; depending on which study...
“Booze and Books” at newly revamped Tuthill House at the Mill restaurant

“Booze and Books” at newly revamped Tuthill House at the Mill restaurant

Without a great deal of public fanfare, the Erenzo family of Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner has taken over operations of the restaurant adjacent to their distillery. Housed in a rustically atmospheric gristmill that dates to 1788, Tuthill House at the Mill opened in 2010 under the stewardship of longtime restaurateurs, Toby and Joe Gabriello, who...