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Citizen activists convene on “The Future of the Wallkill River”

Citizen activists convene on “The Future of the Wallkill River”

In welcoming the crowd of about 150 clean water advocates who turned out for the symposium on “The Future of the Wallkill River” that convened last Thursday afternoon at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, mayor Jason West called attention to the Regatta coming up on May 3: “That’s the one day a year that...
New Paltz Regatta marks 60 years since its first appearance

New Paltz Regatta marks 60 years since its first appearance

It’s been 60 years since the first New Paltz Regatta paraded down Main Street to launch homemade watercraft in the Wallkill River. And what began as a SUNY fraternity activity back in 1955 has now become one of the best-attended community events in town; a wacky and lighthearted excuse to get outside with friends after...
Open Studio Tour in Gardiner reveals artists’ life and work

Open Studio Tour in Gardiner reveals artists’ life and work

The fourth Gardiner Open Studio Tour on May 2 and 3, offers both curious observers and serious collectors the opportunity to peek into the work lives of 20 diverse local artists. For this article, several of them opened their doors ahead of time to talk a bit about what they do, how and sometimes, why....
90 Miles Off Broadway presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

90 Miles Off Broadway presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

It’s funny on a number of different levels,” says Jessica Rothman, director of 90 Miles Off Broadway’s latest community theater production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Opening night is Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and...
A Day’s Work: Voleile Derisse – proprietor of Frenchy’s Taxi & Transportation Service

A Day’s Work: Voleile Derisse – proprietor of Frenchy’s Taxi & Transportation Service

A conversation with Voleile Derisse is punctuated by frequent laughter; his and your own. This easygoing man is very pleasant company and his joie de vivre is catching. So when he says his philosophy about running his new taxi service is based on “treating people right,” I’m inclined to believe him. “It’s customer service at its...
GOSTDOORS show up all over town; what does it mean?

GOSTDOORS show up all over town; what does it mean?

Waiting on the traffic light at Albany Post Road and Route 44/55 in Gardiner, I mused to myself about the lustrous gold door that was suddenly standing aglow amidst the usual collection of gray rocks and debris at that corner. ‘Wow, that’s a cool door,’ I thought to myself. ‘Where did that come from? Must...
Early intervention is key to reversing the progression of autism

Early intervention is key to reversing the progression of autism

“Like typical parents, we had an excuse or a reason for why our son was doing what he was doing,” says Melissa Skillman. When 18-month-old Mason would sit in a corner and spin the wheels on a toy car for hours on end, she and husband Mark just laughed it off. “Oh, he’s working on...
The New Paltz Fire Department will hold a recruitment open house on April 25

The New Paltz Fire Department will hold a recruitment open house on April 25

It’s getting harder these days for volunteer fire departments to find new members. So five years ago the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) came up with a plan to boost volunteer membership: RecruitNY events held statewide during the same weekend in April at nearly 500 local firehouses where the communities can...
Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

As anyone can attest who has attended a meeting of any of New Paltz’s municipal boards and commissions recently, such gatherings typically offer an excuse for disgruntled residents to vent their unhappiness over one issue or another. It’s rare to find one where the audience seems almost unanimous in its approval of the proceedings. But...
Historic Huguenot Street gears up for the season with new tours

Historic Huguenot Street gears up for the season with new tours

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) is gearing up for the season ahead with new tours planned for 2015. In addition to the traditional guided tours offered on weekdays, weekend tours this year will combine the best of the traditional tour with elements from last year’s “In-The-Moment” tours. That approach involves guides skilled in improvisation, wearing period...
Gardiner’s main thoroughfare sports festive new banners

Gardiner’s main thoroughfare sports festive new banners

There’s a fresh new look to the hamlet of Gardiner these days. The old-fashioned-style lampposts that line the main thoroughfare, installed along with the sidewalks a few years back, are sporting festive forest-green banners, each announcing “Welcome” and the name of a local business. The project to hang the banners all started with Nicole Lane,...
Winterkill shocks spring bird sanctuary visitors in New Paltz

Winterkill shocks spring bird sanctuary visitors in New Paltz

The first warm days of spring brought a surprise to anyone who ventured out into the Nyquist-Harcourt Bird Sanctuary on Huguenot Street in New Paltz: dozens and dozens of dead fish, floating on the surface of the pond there. A number of readers reached out to the New Paltz Times to find out what could...