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New Paltz Regatta on May 1 marks 61st anniversary

New Paltz Regatta on May 1 marks 61st anniversary

When the New Paltz Regatta returns on Sunday, May 1, it will be the 61st anniversary for the annual rite-of-spring event. And while the focus of attention is on the parade of handmade boats with wackier-the-better themes and the culminating competition in the Wallkill River, the spirit of the New Paltz Regatta is really more...
Eric Morabito will undertake 250-mile journey alone on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Hospital

Eric Morabito will undertake 250-mile journey alone on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Hospital

Pushing a jogging stroller containing only the basic necessities, Eric Morabito of New Paltz will set out May 19 on a solitary 250-mile walk to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. A member of the Shriners’ Adonai Lodge #718 in Highland and the Cyprus Shrine in Glenmont, NY, Morabito walks to bring awareness to the...
No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on May 17 to approve a $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. There will also be a separate $480,000 bus proposition on the ballot that would allow the district to purchase four buses and one car (the latter to be used as a school...
Route 44/55 to close May 5 for Mara Kill bridge replacement

Route 44/55 to close May 5 for Mara Kill bridge replacement

Though few will disagree that infrastructure improvements are long overdue in many communities following the belt-tightening of the Great Recession, Ulster County residents will need to plan route alternatives to cope with the many bridge construction projects scheduled for 2016. “It’s going to be a trying summer for driving in the area,” said town supervisor...
“Unsung Heroes” celebrates elder farmers with original songs to benefit RVGA at Rondout High School

“Unsung Heroes” celebrates elder farmers with original songs to benefit RVGA at Rondout High School

Here in the mostly rural mid-Hudson Valley, it’s an exciting transitional time for agriculture. Just when we were all lamenting the apparent imminent demise of the family farm, the Great Recession came along and eased development pressures quite a bit. With incomes stagnant and oil prices high, people started looking for vacation options close to...
Questions linger about fate of New Paltz Stop & Shop

Questions linger about fate of New Paltz Stop & Shop

News that the New Paltz Stop & Shop is likely to be sold as a result of the merger of its parent company with the one that owns the Hannaford chain has raised a lot of concerns. The supermarket has become a part of the economic fiber of the community, both by adding choice for...
One hearing closed on Foothills project; River to Ridge Trail receives scrutiny

One hearing closed on Foothills project; River to Ridge Trail receives scrutiny

New Paltz Town Planning Board members on April 11 wrapped up the months-long public hearing on the site plan for the development of the recently-acquired Foothills portion of the Mohonk Preserve, but left open one regarding the related subdivision, which would lead to just over 19 acres to be conveyed back to the Open Space...
New Paltz fire Department will hold RecruitNY event on April 23

New Paltz fire Department will hold RecruitNY event on April 23

When a man becomes a fireman, his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. — NYFD Chief Edward Croker (1863-1951) Imagine a world without firefighters. Not a happy thought, is it? But as essential as their services are to every community, it’s increasingly...
Water main replacement to disrupt downtown Rosendale beginning in early May

Water main replacement to disrupt downtown Rosendale beginning in early May

Dozens of anxious business-owners and residents of downtown Rosendale had their worries about this spring’s water main replacement project at least partially allayed at a public information session that preceded the April 6 Rosendale Town Board meeting at the Rondout Municipal Center. Jason Ballard of Barton & Loguidice, DPC, the engineering firm handling the town’s...
Longtime Family of New Paltz director Kathy Cartagena to retire in May

Longtime Family of New Paltz director Kathy Cartagena to retire in May

You know that somebody accomplishes a lot in their work when it takes two people to replace them upon retirement. That’s the case with Kathy Cartagena, who is retiring from her position as director of Family of New Paltz after 23 years. A new director and an assistant director have not yet been chosen; interviews...
Bridge replacement in New Paltz on track for December completion

Bridge replacement in New Paltz on track for December completion

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein confirmed to the New Paltz Times last week that after more than a year of planning, which included several meetings and site visits with a local community Bridge Replacement Advisory Committee, site preparation and construction of the Carmine Liberta Bridge will begin next month, soon after the May 1 New...
Earth Day Fair at the Reformed Church of New Paltz April 16

Earth Day Fair at the Reformed Church of New Paltz April 16

When Earth Day was first established back in 1970, it was about educating people to the realities of environmental issues. Aimed at creating an environmental movement, its date in April was even chosen to maximize the number of college students that could be enlisted in the cause. But while our level of knowledge about taking...